Manchester, N.H. (February 24) -- In the season finale on Tuesday night, the Saint Anselm women's basketball team dropped a 75-61 final to visiting Saint Rose at Al Grenert Court at Stoutenburgh Gym.
Behind eight early points from Megan Howard (St. Paul, Minn.), Saint Anselm jumped out to a 13-8 lead with 12:17 left in the opening half. The Golden Knights answered with an 11-0 run though, led by six free throws from Dana Brown (Elmont, N.Y.), to take their biggest to that point at 19-13. In that run, Brown surpassed the 1,000-point barrier for her career, the 21st player in Saint Rose history to do so. The Hawks briefly cut the lead down to four before another Saint Rose run made it a 34-24 game with 2:39 left in the period. A three-point play by Howard and a jumper from senior Justine Lyons (Reading, Mass.) got the Hawks with 34-29 at the halftime break. Howard led the Hawks with 14 points and eight rebounds in the half, while Brown had 14 points for the visitors.
In the second half, the Hawks got the deficit down to 45-43 with 14:15 left before the Golden Knights got the lead into double digits at 55-45 at the midway point of the period. Saint Rose pushed the lead up to 16 points before coming away with the 14-point victory.
Howard finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds, ending her rookie season with 18 double-doubles. Lyons finished her final career game with 11 points, giving her 732 for her career, which ranks her 29th on the Saint Anselm all-time career scoring list. Courtney May (Lakeville, Mass.) and Jennifer Gureckis (Nashua, N.H.) also finished in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Brown led the Golden Knights with 18 points, along with 15 points off the bench for Ali Johnson (Falls Church, Va.).
With the loss, Saint Anselm completes the season at 4-23 overall and 2-20 in the Northeast-10. Saint Rose improves to 18-9 overall and 13-9 in the league and advances to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament, where they will host a first-round game on March 1st.