NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) poured home a career-high 35 points to help the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to an 80-69 victory over the host Owls from Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm, ranked eighth in the East Region by the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, improves to 12-3 overall and to 7-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Southern Connecticut State drops to 10-7 on the year, falling below .500 in league play with a 4-5 mark versus the conference.
Steinman had 17 points in the first half alone, tacking on 18 second half points to help the Hawks to victory. The sophomore also recorded 13 rebounds, posting her second double-double of the season. The 35-point performance helped her eclipse last season's scoring total of 194 points in 31 games. She finishes the day with 201 points through 15 games.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scored 18 points and tallied 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the campaign. She finished the game with exactly 500 career rebounds in a Saint Anselm uniform, becoming only the 20th student-athlete in team history to reach that milestone.
Sophomore Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored eight points with six rebounds, four assists and two takeaways. Junior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) reached double-digit point scoring totals for the fourth time in her last six games, potting 13 points in the victory.
Saint Anselm finished the game with advantages in field goal percentage (53.3%-to-36.8%) and owned the glass, picking up 49 of the game's 77 rebounds.
The Hawks sprinted out to a 22-17 lead after the first quarter, sparked by a 6-0 run to begin the contest. After Southern Connecticut State cut the Saint Anselm lead to one point, 12-11, the Hawks opened up a scoring run of seven points, all fueled by Steinman. Another six-point scoring run by Saint Anselm to open the second quarter built up a lead of 28-17 with 7:13 left in the first half.
Saint Anselm owned a 42-27 lead at halftime, thanks to another lengthy scoring run – the Hawks potted nine-straight points down the stretch, going 4-for-4 from the floor over a two minute stretch that had Guachione score five of her team's points. Saint Anselm finished the opening half in full control of the paint, scoring 16 points under the basket while limiting the opposition to only six paint points.
The Hawks put the game out of reach early in the third quarter, opening the period on an 8-2 scoring run with the help of four points from Messler during that stretch. Ahead by a 50-29 margin at that point, the Hawks and Owls maintained an even scoring pace to head into the fourth quarter with Saint Anselm ahead, 61-42.
Southern Connecticut State put a scare into the Hawks late, pouring home 27 points in the final 10 minutes alone, but the guests were able to maintain a lead of 11 as time expired. The Owls were led by 24 points from Amanda Pfohl – the Hawks were able to limit the nationwide leader in double-doubles and overall rebounding, Kiana Steinauer, to 17 points and nine rebounds.
Saint Anselm hosts American International College at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 in an NE10 fixture.