Women's basketball holds on for 63-60 victory over Penmen

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Shannon Ryan led the Saint Anselm College women's basketball in point scoring (18) and rebounding (8) on Wednesday, helping the Hawks to a 63-60 win over their cross-town rival, Southern New Hampshire University.

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Saint Anselm moves to 5-2 overall on the season, winning three of its four Northeast-10 Conference games to date. The Penmen (4-3, 3-1 NE10) entered play without a loss in league play and fall to 4-3 overall on the year. The Hawks head to Merrimack this Saturday, Dec. 2 for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Warriors.

Ryan poured home 18 points, giving her double-digit point scoring totals in her seven career games to date. She has also contributed at least seven rebounds in each of those games, chipping in with eight against the Penmen. Seniors Clairee Putnam and Ali Glennon scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

After a sluggish offensive start for both teams, the Hawks broke a 5-5 first quarter tie with a Putnam layup with 2:21 left. Back-to-back free throws by Sara Messler preceded a big three-point basket by freshman Grace Guachione, catapulting the Hawks to a 12-5 lead with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

Saint Anselm saw its lead grow to 22-13 following a Glennon triple with 5:18 left int the first half, but Southern New Hampshire was able to remain within striking distance as Kylie Lorenzen scored eight points in 10 minutes and Sarah Deyo reeled in five of her team's nine rebounds down the stretch.

The Hawks led by a game-high 15 point margin with 1:22 left in the third quarter, but the Penmen scored the final five points of the stanza to set up what proved to be a dramatic fourth quarter.

SNHU opened the fourth quarter with six-straight points and built upon their late third quarter run, scoring 11-straight points to cut the Hawks lead to 49-45 with 8:55 left in regulation time. Saint Anselm would work to rebuild a double-digit point advantage with 5:02 remaining.

With 3:44 remaining in the game, the Penmen poured home three shots from long range to cut the Saint Anselm lead to 61-60 with just under one minute left in regulation. Ryan made back-to-back free throws after being fouled with 13 seconds left and a last-second heave by Molly Terry kicked off the side of the rim.

Lorenzen finished with a double-double for the Penmen, scoring 27 points and recording 12 rebounds.