MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team could not maintain a fast start in Saturday's contest, falling to Roberts Wesleyan by an 82-68 margin in non-league action at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm falls to 8-6 overall on the season while Roberts Wesleyan, fresh off of a victory over Saint Michael's the day before, improves to 9-4 on the year. The loss for Saint Anselm marked the first of the 2017-18 season at home and only the second in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium during the previous calendar year (12-2 in 2017).
The Hawks remain undefeated after a loss as they head to New Haven this Wednesday, Jan. 3 for a 1 p.m. tilt.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan secured her eighth career double-double in the loss, scoring 16 points while securing 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. Freshman Peyton Steinman made her second career start for the Hawks, tallying 14 points, while senior Ali Glennon had her third double-digit scoring performance (11 points) across her four previous games played.
A layup by freshman Grace Guachione with 43 seconds left in the first period created a game-high 11 point cushion for the Hawks, leading 27-16. Saint Anselm made 10-of-20 shots from the floor, including all three shots from beyond the arc, and limited Roberts Wesleyan to only six makes on 17 total shots through the first 10 minutes.
Roberts Wesleyan shot north of 60% for the remainder of the contest, including a game-high 71.4% field goal percentage in the second quarter. Making 10-of-14 shots from the floor, the Redhawks outscored the hosts by a 22-13 margin leading up to halftime.
Saint Anselm clung to a 40-38 lead at the break but the Redhawks continued their fine offensive momentum, taking a 41-40 lead only 14 seconds into the second half following a Lucy Covley three-point basket.
The Hawks would not lead again in the tilt as a 10-point scoring run to begin the fourth quarter created the first double-digit advantage for the visitors. Necedah James fell one assist shy of a double-double, scoring 20 points and handing out nine assists while Emily Miller scored 17 points and added eight boards.