MANCHESTER, N.H. – Trailing by two with 2:20 left in regulation time, the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team rallied and held on for a 60-54 victory over Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm improves to 6-3 overall on the season, moving to 4-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Saint Michael's falls below .500, dipping to 4-5 overall and to 1-5 against league foes. The Hawks hit the road for three straight games on the road, heading to Bentley this Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. tilt.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan scored 17 points in as many minutes, picking up nine rebounds despite carrying four fouls into the late stages of the contest. Junior Emma Daly scored 10 points, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor, and sophomore Sara Messler hauled in seven boards for the Hawks.
The Hawks led by a 14-5 margin through the game's first 7:40 as a Clairee Putnam jumper created the early advantage. Nine-straight points for Saint Anselm created a game-high 37-21 lead heading into halftime as the hosts controlled the scoring in the paint, 18-to-6, and were sent to the foul line 11 times.
Saint Michael's shot a blistering 60% in the third quarter, pouring home 21 points in the stanza to make things interesting heading into the fourth. Samantha Delaney would complete the comeback with 4:16 left in the game, but Ryan would score nine-straight points to power the Hawks ahead, 59-54, with 54 ticks left on the scoreboard.
Emily Ferreri made her team's last layup with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, putting Saint Michael's ahead by two, but Ryan's dominant stretch to conclude the game was the difference in Tuesday's win. Messler also picked up five rebounds in the final 10 minutes alone, helping the Hawks to the victory.
Freshman Peyton Steinman also had a strong game for Saint Anselm, scoring eight points and collecting six rebounds, dishing out three assists as well. The Hawks shot a combined 32.8% from the floor but won the rebounding battle, 45-to-39, and scored 11 of the game's 15 second-chance points.
Saint Michael's was led by 14 points from Delaney and a double-double from Leah Spencer's 10 points and 10 rebounds.