MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team had four players reach double-figures in scoring to propel the Hawks to a 69-60 win over Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks wrap up the regular season at 18-9 overall and 13-8 in the NE10 and have earned the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Division in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. Saint Anselm will travel to American International College, the No. 2 seed in the Southwest, for an NE10 Quarterfinal matchup on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Southern New Hampshire wraps up its season at 11-17 overall and 6-15 in league games.
Caitlyn Abela scored a game-high 21 points to go with four rebounds to lead the Hawks. Kaila Duarte registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Candace Andrews also notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 assists to go with five rebounds and four steals. Andrews' 13 assists matches the program record set by Kathleen Shippee back on Feb. 12, 1994.
SNHU was led by a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds from Kylie Lorenzen, while Catherine Stinson and Mimi MacLeod added eight points apiece.
The Hawks came out firing to open the game as a triple from Putnam at the 8:03 mark gave Saint Anselm an early 7-2 lead. SNHU would get as close as 13-10 following a jumper from Olivia Conrad, but the Hawks ended the period on a 6-0 run to take a 19-10 lead after one quarter of play.
The Penmen would slowly chip away and a Madi Rowan jumper with 5:05 to play in the second quarter made it a 26-19 game. Abela answered with a triple to push the lead back to 10 and she buried another three pointer with just over a minute to play in the half to extend the lead to 34-21. However, Lorenzen would net the final bucket of the opening half as the Hawks took a 36-25 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, the Saint Anselm lead grew to as large as 49-32 following a 4-0 run from Duarte with 5:35 to play. The Penmen would score the final six points of the quarter, all off the hands of MacLeod, to make it a 51-40 game headed into the final stanza.
Two quick baskets to start the fourth quarter pushed the lead back to 55-40, and a jumper from Clairee Putnam gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 64-46 with 5:01 remaining. The Penmen continued to hang around, using a 10-0 run capped by a Sara Ryan layup to trim the deficit to only 64-56 with 2:20 to play.
After Duarte and MacLeod traded scores to make it a 66-58 game, Caitlyn Abela would hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to help the Hawks hang on for the 69-60 victory.
Saint Anselm shot 41.2% (28-of-68) from the floor, 40% (6-of-15) from beyond the arc and 77.8% (7-of-9) from the free throw line in the win. SNHU knocked down 39.7% (25-of-63) of their shots, including 23.1% (3-of-13) of their three-pointers and 70% (7-of-10) of their free throws. The Hawks held a 44-37 edge in rebounding in the game, while both teams committed 17 turnovers.
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