Franklin Pierce rallies in second half to defeat Saint Michael's 75-72
RINDGE, N.H. -- Senior guard Tiffany Johnson pumped in a career-high 26 points and helped key a second-half rally to propel Franklin Pierce to a 75-72 win against Saint Michael’s on Sunday at The Fieldhouse. The Ravens won their second in a row to improve to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Northeast-10, while the Purple Knights dipped to 2-9 and 0-7 in league play.
Johnson was 10 of 16 from the field, including a 7 of 13 clip in the second half, while also collecting three rebounds, handing out three assists, swiping a trio of steals and blocking a shot.
She scored seven of her points during a 21-3 run by Franklin Pierce midway through the second half as the Ravens turned a 56-45 deficit into a 66-59 advantage with 6:41 remaining.
Johnson sparked the rally with a layup at the 11:32 mark and factored into the Ravens next basket as she sent a swing pass cross court over to junior guard Brittany Martelle, who followed by knocking down one of her two 3-pointers in the game.
Martelle, who also had seven points of her own during the surge, assisted on a Johnson layup minutes later as the Ravens evened the game at 59. Freshman forward Kara Charette, who had 14 points in the game, converted a pair of free throws on Franklin Pierce’s next trip down the court to give the Ravens their first lead since six minutes into the game.
Martelle hit a driving layup on the Ravens' next possession and Johnson capped it with a trey from the left wing.
St. Michael’s, which had led for all but a few seconds prior to Franklin Pierce’s rally, did not have an answer. Nicole Adach stemmed the tide for the Purple Knights with a three of her own, but Johnson answered at the other end with another 3-pointer and Charette pushed Franklin Pierce’s lead out to nine at 71-62 with 4:16 left as she made layup in the post.
Martelle ended the game with 16 points. The other Raven to log double figures in scoring was junior guard Kate McDonald, who dropped in 12 points on four 3-pointers, which all came in the first half to help the Ravens remain close.
The Purple Knights owned a majority of the play in the first half and eventually built a 26-16 lead with 8:30 left until halftime as Kayla Carnell knocked down a 15-foot jumper to give St. Michael’s its first double-digit lead.
Johnson, however, got hot offensively in the final minute of the half and buried back-to-back 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer to pull Franklin Pierce to within four at 38-34 going into the locker room.
Johnson rained in two more triples in the opening minutes of the second half to knot the score at 40, but an ensuing 16-5 run by St. Michael’s gave Purple Knights the 11-point advantage before the Ravens finally kicked it into overdrive and rallied for the win.
The Ravens shot 60 percent from 3-point range and a 49 percent clip overall from the field (26 of 53).
Adach paced St. Michael’s with 17 points, while Megan Olsen followed with 15. Alexa Long was the Purple Knights' other double-figure scorer with 13 points.