Women's Basketball Loses NE10 Decision to 19th-Ranked Bentley

Women's Basketball Loses NE10 Decision to 19th-Ranked Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell against perennial national power No. 19 Bentley University, 70-50, on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference action in the Ross Sports Center. The Falcons, who qualified for 35 of the last 38 NCAA Tournaments, receiving their national ranking in this week's D2SIDA National Media Poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (7-5, 1-5 NE10), Bentley (11-3, 6-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds, 2 assists
  • Junior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2-for-3 three-pointers
  • Sophomore Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2-for-5 three-pointers
  • First-year Anika Kapral (Dummerston, Vt./Vermont Academy), 10 points, 3 rebounds, 5-for-5 field goals
  • Senior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Monica Viapiano, 25 points, 8 rebounds, 10-for-14 field goals
  • Sophomore Kari Brekke, 10 points, 3 steals, 2 assists

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's was amid a seven-game run during which six are at home, but played its first contest in the Ross Sports Center since Dec. 18.
  • Bentley, which qualified for 35 of the past 38 NCAA Tournaments, was 19th in this week's D2SIDA National Media Poll.
  • Saint Michael's forced more turnovers (15) than it committed (13) while holding a 13-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The hosts shot 38.5 percent from three-point range and yielded just 25.0 percent shooting from deep.

THE ACTION

  • Brekke's five points and four from Viapiano helped Bentley nab a 12-0 lead by 7:09 of the first quarter before MacDonough and Anderson drilled back-to-back threes to halve the deficit. Another Anderson triple made it 14-9 by 5:10.
  • Thanks to six points from junior Erin Nolan, Bentley used a 14-2 run to steadily go up 33-13 at 6:23 of the second stanza, later taking a 17-point cushion into halftime.
  • Graduate student Megan Lewis' two free throws provided the Falcons a 45-24 lead, their largest of the game, at 7:11 of the third quarter. Breunig responded with a corner three 11 seconds later to kick off an 8-0 run, which Purcell capped with the final four points, and Saint Michael's drew within 52-40 on Kapral's jumper at 2:08.
  • The Purple Knights came no closer, as three different Falcons scored to help their team begin the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to go back ahead by 19.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday vs. regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 1:30 p.m.
  • The Chargers are sixth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
  • The Purple Knights will host their annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers and Go4theGoal Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer game, with proceeds benefiting Beth Donovan Hospice in Kemptville, Ontario, in memory of women's basketball alumna Amy Pitchers '08, who died on Dec. 31 after a battle with cancer.