COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell to American International College, 62-44, on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 5-9 overall and 2-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 8-8 and 2-6, winning their seventh game in nine tries.
First-year Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) notched seven points, five assists and two steals for the hosts, while junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) totaled seven points and five steals. Sophomore Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) notched six points, six rebounds and two blocks in her first career start, junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) had six points and five boards, including four offensive, and sophomore Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted six points with two steals.
Junior Dana Watts, the NE10 scoring leader, posted 25 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals for AIC, while first-year Ishanna Brown had eight points. Sophomore Nadia Wooten added six points and seven rebounds.
On the strength of six Miller points, the Purple Knights forged a 6-5 lead by 7:11 of the first quarter, but four lead changes ensued, with first-year Jayla McDuffie's lay-in at 2:16 putting AIC on top, 11-10, for the final swap. Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) buried a three-pointer to knot the contest at 13 with 1:01 left, but the Yellow Jackets scored 15 of the final 19 points in the half despite Saint Michael's holding the visitors to 33.3 percent shooting in the second quarter and forcing more turnovers (7) than it committed (6).
AIC eventually extended its run to 34-7, capped by Wooten dropping home a lay-in at 2:29 of the third period. Redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) turned in four points, including a putback, early in a 13-2 run, and Falone and Anderson buried three-pointers 1:12 apart to bring the Purple Knights within 49-33 with 7:30 remaining in the contest. Falone's jumper from the foul line trimmed the deficit to 54-40 with 4:49 left, but the hosts closed the gap no further.
Saint Michael's hosts the University of New Haven on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.