NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team recorded a 60-50 loss to Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon.
Saint Anselm falls to 5-3 on the year, dropping to 3-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Merrimack improves to 4-3 overall and to 2-2 within the league. The Hawks host Saint Michael's this Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan led Saint Anselm with 21 points and seven rebounds, chipping in three blocks. Senior captain Clairee Putnam scored 10 points and hauled in five rebounds. Sophomore Sara Messler picked up six rebounds, finishing second on the team.
The Hawks shot just under 36% on the day and Merrimack captured the rebounding edge, 38-to-33. The Warriors poured home seven three-point baskets while the Hawks were quiet from distance, making only two out of their 14 attempts from beyond the arc.
With the game tied at two following back-to-back Ali Glennon free throws, Merrimack posted 13-straight points to capture a commanding 15-2 lead through the game's first five minutes. During that stretch, the Hawks committed five turnovers and were a combined 0-for-2 from the field.
The Hawks went on a nine-point scoring run near the end the first half, cutting the Merrimack lead to 32-26 with 1:30 left. Messler and Ryan scored four points apiece during that stretch and Ashley Briggs added a free throw make to close the deficit.
Immediately after the scoring run by Saint Anselm, Merrimack would tally the game's next 12 points to build a game-high 18 point lead with 7:54 left in the third quarter. A late triple by Peyton Steinman brought Saint Anselm to within eight points in the final 77 seconds but the Warriors kept the Hawks at arm's length to close the game.
Lindsay Werner led Merrimack with 23 points and Karlee Alves joined Emily Houle with eight rebounds apiece. Alves also led players from both teams with seven assists.