COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team took on one of the Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division leaders for the second straight game and suffered a 61-38 loss to Le Moyne College on Tuesday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights slipped to 7-11 overall and 4-9 in the league while having their two-game winning streak snapped, and the Dolphins moved to 12-7 and 8-5 after entering the day among a four-way tie for first place in its division. Le Moyne has won eight of its last 10 games.
Junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) led Saint Michael's with 12 points, and classmate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) tacked on nine points, three rebounds and five steals. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had six points, and redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) grabbed five rebounds. The Purple Knights forced 22 turnovers and held an 11-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
Senior Nicole Riddick totaled 18 points for Le Moyne on 6-of-9 shooting, and sophomore McKayla Roberts posted 17 points, eight assists and three steals. Senior Courtney Webster neared a double-double with 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
Le Moyne scored the game's first four points and led 10-4 on Riddick's jumper at 6:53 of the opening quarter before Delaney turned in a three-point play and first-year Nicole Anderson's (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) baseline drive ended in a lay-in that cut the deficit to one. However, Riddick and Roberts knocked down back-to-back threes, kicking off a 17-2 run that extended into the second period, with Webster's hoop at 4:12 making it 27-11.
After twice chipping the hole to 14 but eventually trailing by as many as 20, the hosts received a three-point play from Ferreri at 4:07 of the third quarter and a free throw from sophomore Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) 57 seconds later, making it a 16-point game. The Purple Knights crept within 15 points twice in the fourth, including on Delaney's jumper at the six-minute mark, but the Dolphins responded with the next 10 points to ice the victory.
The Purple Knights visit regionally-ranked teams for their next two games, beginning by heading to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Owls are 10th in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.