Women’s basketball sets down Franklin Pierce in league-opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team led by as many as 26 points in Wednesday's 65-49 win over Franklin Pierce University at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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Saint Anselm improves to 2-1 while earning its first Northeast-10 Conference victory of the season. Franklin Pierce dips to 1-2 overall and to 0-1 against league opponents. The Hawks return to action this Saturday, Nov. 18, hosting Assumption at 1:30 p.m.

Sophomore Shannon Ryan potted 23 points for the Hawks, reeling in seven rebounds. Freshman Grace Guachione scored 10 points, handing out four assists and collecting as many rebounds while joined by Emma Daly in double-digit point scoring with 11 of her own.

The Hawks allowed the game's first four points before turning the tables, using five Guachione points in the first quarter's final 31 seconds to open up a 16-9 first quarter lead. The Ravens offense simply could not get going in the opening stanza, shooting only 3-for-12 while committing five turnovers.

Franklin Pierce cut the Saint Anselm lead to 21-19 before Daly made back-to-back triples following a Ryan layup to establish an eight-point lead, 29-21, with 5:46 left in the first half. Guachione attempted to put an exclamation point on the second quarter for Saint Anselm, hitting a three-point basket before a Jemma Thacker layup at the buzzer sent the Ravens to the locker room, down by only nine points.

A six-point run between the third and fourth quarters, sparked by an Ashley Briggs trey, eventually grew to the Hawks scoring 16 of the game's next 18 points. Through the final 20 minutes of action, the Hawks shot over 50% from the floor (13-for-24), picking up 14 rebounds and forcing the Ravens into 13 turnovers.

Clairee Putnam played a team-high 35 minutes for Saint Anselm, picking up two steals and four assists. Sara Messler also contributed to the win, picking up five rebounds and three steals in only 19 minutes off the bench.

Thacker and Mya Mosley scored 11 points for Franklin Pierce, who was led by seven rebounds from Diondra Woumn.