MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team closed the game on a 6-0 run to defeat Franklin Pierce University 67-60 for the Hawks' sixth win in the last seven games on Wednesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Candace Andrews did not miss until the fourth quarter, making her first 11 shots of the game, and led Saint Anselm (14-7, 9-6 NE10) with 23 points, three rebounds, six assists and seven steals. She was joined in double figures by Kaila Duarte and Caitlyn Abela, who each scored 13 for the Hawks, who shot a season-best 62.2 percent (28-for-45) from the field.
Jemma Thacker paced Franklin Pierce (2-18, 0-15 NE10) with a game-high 24 points, while Sarah Middleton chipped in with 13 points and five assists. The Ravens trimmed a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to a single point with 1:35 to play but the Hawks scored the final six points to grab the win.
Andrews got off to a quick start, shooting 5-for-5 in the first quarter to help Saint Anselm to a 25-13 lead after 10 minutes. After the teams were tied at 13 with 3:51 to go in the first, the Hawks closed the quarter on a 12-0 run. Andrews scored seven-straight points during the spurt and Abela drained a three in the closing seconds to give the Hawks a 12-point cushion.
Franklin Pierce opened the second quarter on a 7-0, holding Saint Anselm scoreless for the first 4:43 of the second to get within five. The Hawks held onto their lead the entire quarter but led by just one at the break, 33-32. Thacker scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Ravens outscored the Hawks 19-8 to close the gap.
After the break, Saint Anselm started the second half on an 8-0 run to lead 41-32 near the midpoint of the third quarter. After missing their first two field goals of the third, the Hawks hit 10-straight shots as part of a 23-point quarter to take a 56-45 lead into the fourth.
An Andrews layup to start the fourth gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 58-45 with 9:20 to play. Trailing by 13, the Ravens gradually chipped away during an extended 15-3 run to close to within one with 1:35 remaining after a three-point play by Middleton.
A pair of Duarte free throws brought the lead back to three with 1:09 to go, the teams traded turnovers, leaving the score at 63-60 with 18 seconds to play. Out of a Franklin Pierce timeout, the Hawks got a stop and Ali Glennon knocked down two free throws to put the game out of reach.
Franklin Pierce shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51) from the floor and 43.8 percent (7-for-16) from behind the arc, but were plagued by 18 turnovers. Saint Anselm held a commanding 46-20 advantage in points in the paint and outscored the Ravens 10-0 in fast-break points.
The Hawks travel to Merrimack on Saturday, Feb. 4 to face the Warriors at 1 p.m.
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