Women's Basketball Downs 13th-Ranked Stonehill, 75-72, in NE10 Opener

Women's Basketball Downs 13th-Ranked Stonehill, 75-72, in NE10 Opener

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School) capped a career-high 27-point day with the go-ahead basket at 20.6 seconds of the fourth quarter to help the Saint Michael's College women's basketball team upset 13th-ranked Stonehill College, 75-72, on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple and Gold last defeated a nationally-ranked team on Nov. 22, 2016, when it downed visiting No. 23 Saint Anselm College, 62-57.

The Purple Knights won their Northeast-10 Conference and home openers against a Skyhawk squad that had qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments, was ranked 13th in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) preseason national poll, stood 14th in this week's D2SIDA national rankings, and topped the D2SIDA East Region poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-2, 1-0 NE10), Stonehill (0-1, 0-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Ladas, 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 11-for-20 field goals, 5-for-9 three-pointers
  • Senior Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 offensive rebounds, 2 blocks, 3-for-6 field goals, 2-for-3 three-pointers, 5-for-6 free throws
  • Senior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 13 points, 3 assists, 3-for-3 free throws
  • First-year Molly Brophy (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School), 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 assists, 4-for-6 free throws

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Emily Bramanti, 26 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 4-for-9 three-pointers
  • Senior Kayla Raymond, 16 points, 4 assists, 4-for-8 three-pointers
  • Junior Mia Kelly, 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 offensive rebounds

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Michael's held a 36-32 rebounding edge while outshooting the Skyhawks, 45.5%-42.4%. The hosts were 11-for-21 (52.4%) from three-point range to the visitors' 10-for-27 (37.0%) and outscored Stonehill on free throws, 14-8.
  • The Purple and Gold shot better than 50.0% from three-point range for the second straight game, going 8-for-15 (53.3%) last Saturday at the University of the Sciences, which was receiving national votes.
  • The Purple Knights downed Stonehill for the first time since Feb. 23, 2016.
  • Anderson pushed her career three-pointers total to 148, passing Anne Marie McLoughlin '91 (147) to take over sixth in program history.

THE ACTION

  • Ladas' first three-pointer gave Saint Michael's a 6-4 lead at 6:49 of the first quarter before Stonehill responded with an 11-2 run, utilizing three-pointers from three different players. However, first-year Caitlyn Dasaro (Fairfield, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) scored five straight points off the bench, and Ladas' triple at 9:41 of the second quarter capped a go-ahead 8-0 run, making it 16-15.
  • Neither team led again by more than five points until the Purple Knights embarked on a 10-2 run to end the half, as five players scored. Junior Anika Kapral's (Dummerston, Vt./Vermont Academy) triple - her first make on her first career attempt from distance - with seven seconds left gave Saint Michael's a 40-29 lead at halftime.
  • Stonehill came out of the locker room with a 16-2 counter, with Kelly scoring half of the points and Raymond canning a pair of threes, and the visitors led 45-42 at 5:48 of the third period.
  • The Skyhawks went up by as much as 57-53 with 1:17 left before Saint Michael's tallied a 10-0 run, leading 63-57 on Brophy's two freebies at 7:38 of the fourth quarter.
  • Bramanti's personal 7-2 run later forced the first of eight lead changes in the final 2:30, putting Stonehill up 66-65 on a fastbreak hoop.
  • Raymond's bucket with 32.6 seconds to go had the Skyhawks in front 72-71, but Ladas responded at the other end by backing down her defender and hitting a baby hook at 20.6 ticks to give Saint Michael's a 73-72 edge.
  • After Stonehill missed a potential go-ahead triple at seven seconds, MacDonough buried two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. The Skyhawks' bid at a tying three-pointer at the buzzer was well off.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday vs. Bryant & Stratton College - Albany (N.Y.), 7 p.m.