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