Hawks Fall to Rival Penmen, 67-47

Manchester, N.H. (December 21) -- On a snowy Sunday afternoon, the Saint Anselm women's basketball team dropped a 67-47 final to crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire in non-conference action at Stoutenburgh Gym.

The Penmen held a 10-point lead at the half and led by as many as 25 points in the second half before coming away with the win. The Hawks cut the lead down to 15 points in the final minutes, but could get no closer.

Freshman forward Megan Howard (St. Paul, Minn.) posted yet another double-double with a 14-point, 11-rebound effort to go along with two blocked shots. Sophomore guard Jennifer Gureckis (Nashua, N.H.) was the other Hawk in double figures with a 12-point afternoon, including a pair of three-pointers. Southern New Hampshire was led by 12 points each from Stephanie Houghton (Manchester, N.H.) and Jenny McDade (Derry, N.H.), while Julia Houghtailing (Franconia, N.H.) led the team with seven rebounds to go along with 10 points.

With the loss, Saint Anselm falls to 2-8 overall, while the Penmen have won three straight to improve to 5-4 overall. Saint Anselm is idle until 2009 when the Hawks host the University of Bridgeport for a non-conference game beginning at 6 p.m. at Stoutenburgh Gym on January 2nd.