Saint Michael's Finishes Strong To Outlast Women's Basketball, 58-51

Marya Trapp picked up 14 points and 14 rebounds in a Dec. 17, 2016, loss at Saint Michael's. (Steven R. Smith)
Marya Trapp picked up 14 points and 14 rebounds in a Dec. 17, 2016, loss at Saint Michael's. (Steven R. Smith)

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Saint Michael's College ended with an 11-4 run over the final five minutes to earn a 58-51 non-conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician University on Saturday afternoon at the Ross Sports Center. The teams were meeting for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Sophomore forward Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y.) paced three double-figure scorers for Saint Michael's (5-5) with 14 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots. Junior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J.) turned in 14 points and 14 rebounds and sophomore guard Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y.) also netted 14 points for Felician.

The Golden Falcons (2-10) trailed, 30-25, at halftime. Delaney scored the first six points of the third quarter, and a free throw by Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass.) with 7:49 left in the third gave the Purple Knights their largest lead of the day, 37-25. SMC still led by 12 at the 1:51 mark of the period, but helped by a Gibson three-point field goal on its final possession, Felician exited the quarter trailing only 45-39.

Both offenses started the final quarter slowly, with lay-ups from Felician's Treanda Foster (Bronx, N.Y.) and Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J.) the only scoring for the first 3 ½ minutes. A steal and lay-in by Trapp tied the score at 47-47 with 5:12 to play, but Spencer scored on the Purple Knights' next possession to give them the lead for good.

Again the offenses went cold. After the 49-47 score held for nearly three minutes of game time, Delaney converted a lay-up. SMC drew an offensive foul, and the Purple Knights' Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored for a six-point lead at the 1:15 mark.  The hosts went 5 for 6 at the foul line in the final 43 seconds to preserve the victory.

SMC shot 29 percent from the field in the second half, but held on in part by outscoring the Golden Falcons, 14-5, at the foul line for the half. Spencer and Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass.) totaled 12 points each for the Purple Knights.

Felician is idle until hosting Mercy College on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J.