Women's Basketball Returns with 58-45 Loss Against Goldey-Beacom at USciences Tournament

Women's Basketball Returns with 58-45 Loss Against Goldey-Beacom at USciences Tournament

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team hit the court for the first time in nearly two years on Friday afternoon during a 58-45 loss to Goldey-Beacom (Del.) College at the University of the Sciences Conference Challenge in Bobby Morgan Arena. The Purple Knights had last played on Feb. 25, 2020.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-1), Goldey-Beacom (1-0)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Makayla Blake (Colonie, N.Y./Colonie Central), 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5-for-8 field goals
  • Senior Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2-for-4 three-pointers
  • Senior Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 7 points
  • Redshirt junior Danielle Scaperrotta (Ardsley, N.Y./Ardsley), 7 rebounds, 4 assists
  • First-year Molly Brophy (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School), 7 points, 2 steals
  • Junior Kelly Laggis (Fairfield, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), 7 rebounds

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Alexis Harrison, 13 points, 4 blocks, 6-for-11 field goals
  • Junior Sarah Round, 13 points, 4-for-7 three-pointers
  • Junior Mone Izumi, 10 points, 3 assists

GAME FACTS

  • The teams had last played on Dec. 21, 2009, as they have now split four all-time meetings.
  • Six Purple Knights made their college debuts.
  • Scaperrotta appeared in her first game wearing Purple and Gold, having last played as a high school senior in 2017-18. The four-time all-conference schoolgirl missed the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons due to injury before last winter was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Saint Michael's held a 49-42 rebounding advantage, while both teams handed out 11 assists.

THE ACTION

  • Five different players scored as the Purple Knights led 9-1 by the time 5:23 remained in the first quarter, and Brophy's three-pointer pushed the advantage to 12-3 at 3:51. Saint Michael's held the Lightning to a 1-for-15 shooting start prior to the final minute, when buckets 27 seconds apart by junior Vera Lauhaluoma and Izumi made it 13-10 at the period break.
  • The teams exchanged five leads in the opening 6:32 of the second quarter, but Goldey-Beacom carried an 8-1 run into halftime, where it led 24-18, on the strength of four points apiece from Round and sophomore Janiya Stevens.
  • MacDonough's three-pointer 10 seconds after the intermission halved the deficit, but five different Lightning scored in an 11-2 response, with consecutive buckets by sophomore Briana Seltzer pushing the lead to 37-23.
  • Goldey-Beacom extended its advantage to 51-27 with 10 points in a 1:04 span between the final minute of the third quarter and early stages of the fourth, as Harrison sandwiched lay-ups around a pair of Round triples.
  • The Purple Knights ended the game on an 11-1 run, during which Blake netted seven points.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at USciences, 2 p.m.
  • The Devils received votes toward the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) preseason national poll.
  • USciences qualified for the past four NCAA Tournaments.