Women's basketball holds off Daemen, 69-56

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season following a defeat, securing a 69-56 win over visiting Daemen College at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium on Friday.

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The Hawks moves to 8-5 on the year while Daemen has lost nine of its 12 games to date in the 2017 season. Saint Anselm welcomes non-league foe Roberts Wesleyan for the Hilltop in less than 24 hours – the tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Freshman Peyton Steinman recorded her first collegiate double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 of her team's 54 rebounds in the victory. Sophomore Shannon Ryan narrowly missed a double-double of her own, notching 23 points and earning nine rebounds. Clairee Putnam and Ali Glennon handed out five assists apiece.

A Putnam layup sparked a 6-0 run to open the game as Ryan made back-to-back jumpers to create the early advantage. Messler hit two-straight shots shortly after the early Saint Anselm spurt, creating a 13-3 lead for the Hawks with only 4:10 left in the opening stanza.

Daemen's Tiara Filbert scored the first four points of the second half, tying the game at 15.  Another Filbert jumper created a 17-15 lead that was eventually drawn even at halftime, 33-33, with a late Tyler Heinold layup. Saint Anselm committed six turnovers in the second period, allowing Daemen to rally and knot the score.

The final Daemen lead of the afternoon came with 1:34 to go in the third period as Sarah Saba's layup put the Wildcats out in front, 49-48. On the next offensive possession for Saint Anselm, Kaitlyn Petrocelli put the Hawks up for good with a jumper that created a 50-49 lead.

The Hawks stood tall on defense after scoring the first four points of the fourth quarter, limiting Daemen to a 2-for-18 shooting percentage from the floor. Despite shooting only 64.3% from the free throw line as a team, Ryan made five of her six shots from the charity stripe to help lock down the victory.

Saint Anselm ended the game scoring nine of the game's final 10 points.

The Hawks held statistical advantages in points in the paint (34-to-18), second-chance points (17-to-5), fastbreak points (8-to-0) and bench scoring (15-to-9). Daemen was led by a 28-point performance from Saba, who also posted a team-best nine rebounds for the Wildcats.