Saint Michael's Too Much for Women's Basketball

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Caitlin Quinn led four Saint Michael's College players in double figures with 19 points as it posted a 68-49 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Southern New Hampshire University at the Ross Sports Center Wednesday night.  The Purple Knights improved to 2-2 overall and in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.

Quinn finished 5-7 behind the arc and also made all four of her free throw attempts.  Logan Pintka recorded a double-double for Saint Michael's with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicole Adach totaled 11 points.  Meghan McCormack drilled a pair of three pointers and finished with 10 points.

Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) recorded her third-straight double-double for Southern New Hampshire, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) also added 10 points for the Penmen, while Deborah Lavalley (Rochester, N.H.) recorded seven points.

The two teams traded the lead twice early on, with a Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) three 3:20 into the game giving SNHU a 7-6 lead.  The Purple Knights took the lead for good with a 6-0 spurt capped by a Coreen Hennessy layup with 15:19 to go that made it 12-7.  Saint Michael's used an 11-3 run to build a 26-12 lead with 7:24 remaining before halftime.  The Penmen would get the lead down to eight, 32-24, at halftime following a layup by Lavalley with three seconds left.

Houghtaling would cut the Purple Knight lead to six 22 seconds into the second half but that was as close as the Penmen would get.  Saint Michael's opened up a 50-32 lead with just under 13 minutes to play after a Pintka basket capped a 9-0 run and the hosts would maintain at least a 15-point lead the rest of the way.

Saint Michael's shot 51.9% in the second half and 48.1% for the game, including knocking down nine of its 15 three-point attempts.  The Purple Knights limited the Penmen to 33.9% shooting for the contest and outrebounded Southern New Hampshire 39-35.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Stonehill College in a 1:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.