LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Sophomore Shannon Ryan had 30 points and 15 rebounds on her debut for the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team, but the Hawks fell 66-54 to Caldwell University in their season opener on Saturday at the Wellness Center on the campus of Georgian Court University.
Ryan, a transfer from Boston College, connected on 14-of-24 shots from the field to record the first 30-point game by a Saint Anselm (0-1) student-athlete since Candace Andrews '17 poured in 34 points against Bentley on Feb. 7, 2015. Caldwell (1-0) used a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures and shot 51.0 percent from the field to record the victory.
Ryan's 14 made field goals are tied for fourth-most in program history, equaling the mark of Linda Dunn from a Feb. 18, 1981 game at Plymouth State. The 14 makes are the most by a Hawk since Megan Howard made 15 shots from the floor in a 31-point effort against Merrimack on Jan. 14, 2009.
Seniors Clairee Putnam and Ali Glennon each had nine points for the Hawks, with Glennon sinking all five of her free throws and adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Saint Anselm outrebounded Caldwell by a 37-21 margin in the game.
Kristen Drogsler shot 8-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-3 at the free-throw line to lead the Cougars with 19 points, while chipping in with four steals and three assists. Sharell Sanders recorded 13 points and Karlie O'Driscoll was also in double figures with 11.
The Cougars were an NCAA Tournament team a year ago, falling to Molloy in the opening round to finish the season 25-6 overall. The meeting was just the second all-time between the two programs, with Caldwell winning the other back on Dec. 28, 2007.
Saint Anselm completes its showing at the Georgian Court Invitational against Concordia (N.Y.) in an 11 a.m. start.