MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team rallied for a 60-55 victory over Saint Michael's College on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks improve to 16-8 overall and 11-7 in the NE10 with the win, while the Purple Knights drop to 12-11 and 10-8 in league games. Saint Anselm is back in action Wednesday night when they travel to Stonehill College for a 5:30 p.m. matchup with the Skyhawks.
In a pregame ceremony, the women's basketball team honored their three member senior class of Caitlyn Abela, Candace Andrews and Kaila Duarte for their contributions to Saint Anselm and its athletics department.
That trio played a major role in the win as Abela led Saint Anselm with 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while Candace Andrews joined her in double-figures with 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Kaila Duarte added seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Ali Glennon chipped in nine points and four rebounds.
Saint Michael's was led by 16 points from Emily Ferreri, with Tomi Akinpetide adding nine point and nine rebounds, and Samantha Delaney netting nine points and pulling in a game-high 13 boards.
The two teams traded baskets to start the game and a layup inside from Sara Messler at the 4:45 mark of the first quarter gave the Hawks an 8-7 advantage. Saint Michael's answered with an 11-0 run to end the period and took an 18-8 lead into the second quarter.
Saint Michael's Ferreri opened the second quarter with a jumper to give the Purple Knights their largest lead of the half at 20-8. The Hawks answered this time, using an 8-0 run capped by a Michaela Martin fast break layup, to trim the deficit to 20-16 and force a Saint Michael's timeout with 5:48 to play.
Back-to-back baskets from Clairee Putnam and Emma Daly made it a 22-20 game, but the Purple Knights eventually built their lead back to 26-21 on another Ferreri score with 1:30 remaining. Candace Andrews scored the final points of the period with a pair of free throws to make it a 26-23 game headed into the break.
Caitlyn Abela pulled the Hawks to within two at 28-26, and following a free throw from Glennon, the senior buried a jumper to give the Hawks a 29-28 lead with 6:24 remaining. Michaela Martin knocked down a jumper to put the Hawks in front 33-30, and Andrews kept it a 35-32 lead a minute later, but Emily Ferreri connected on a triple to knot the game at 35-35.
Emma Daly answered with a three of her own on the next possession, but Indira Evora knocked down a jumper to make it a 38-37 game headed into the fourth quarter.
Early in the final period Saint Michael's was able to climb back on top as a corner jumper from Samantha Delaney staked the visitor's to a 46-44 advantage with 6:15 remaining. The two teams continued to trade baskets until a triple from Abela put the Hawks back in front 51-50 nearly three minutes later. Andrews and Glennon followed with back-to-back layups and the lead grew to 55-50 with 1:44 remaining in the game.
Saint Michael's was forced to foul down the stretch and the Hawks were able to connect on 5-of-6 free throws to hang on for the 60-55 victory.
The Hawks shot 37.3% (22-of-59) from the field, 30% (3-of-10) from beyond the arc and 81.3% (13-of-16) at the charity stripe in the win. Saint Michael's shot 34.8% (23-of-66 from the floor, 31.3% (5-of-16) from three and 66.7% (4-of-6) from the free throw line. The Purple Knights held a slight 42-39 edge in rebounding, while committing one more turnover (11) than the Hawks (10).
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