MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was stunned by the Greyhounds from Assumption College on Wednesday as a last-second trey sent the Hawks to a 65-64 defeat in overtime.
Saint Anselm, ranked in the East Region according to the D2SIDA Media Poll, falls to 16-6 overall on the season and to 11-6 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption, winners of only one out of their previous nine games entering play, moves to 12-12 on the season and to 7-10 within the league.
Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored 20 points, adding eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) posted 15 points, pulling down 11 rebounds, with junior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) tallying 12 points and handing out three assists.
The Hawks had two free throws by Steinman with 1.5 seconds left in regulation time, and the sophomore came through with clutch makes to create a 54-52 lead for the home team. Assumption was able to perfectly execute the inbounds play and Morgan O'Donnell crashed to the hoop for the equalizer as time expired.
Ahead by two points, 64-62, and exiting a timeout with 34.7 seconds left in overtime and only nine seconds left on the shot clock, the Hawks committed a shot clock violation. With Assumption playing for the win on their last possession, a three-point basket with exactly 0.6 seconds left by Brianna Capacchione stunned the Hawks and sent Assumption to the victory.
Down by six points with 6:11 left in the opening quarter, Saint Anselm turned the tied with back-to-back three's from Daly and Steinman to own a 15-12 lead with 1:10 to go in the stanza. The Hawks would finish their strong stretch of play on a 20-to-6 scoring run, creating a game-high eight point lead with 6:09 to go in the first half.
Ahead by six points, 31-25, the Hawks began the second half with a sluggish offense and the Greyhounds would strike back, scoring 16 of the game's first 24 points to capture a 41-39 lead with 45 ticks left on the third quarter scoreboard.
Saint Anselm led by three points with 2:38 left in regulation after a jumper by Ryan in the paint, but Meghan Cramb had a game-tying three with 1:57 left. Back-to-back free throws by Capacchione with 1:07 to go put the visitors ahead, 52-50, but Steinman had a jumper in the paint with 35 seconds to go. She later added the aforementioned go-ahead free throws, but O'Donnell's late score forced overtime.
The Hawks head to Bentley on Saturday, Feb. 16, taking on a nationally-ranked opponent in Waltham, Mass. at 1:30 p.m.