MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Tori Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.) matched her career high with 19 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds to lead the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 76-46 win against Georgian Court in head coach Julie Plant's Saint Anselm debut Friday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks win their fifth straight season opener to improve to 1-0, while the Lions drop to 0-1.
Lehr shot 7 of 9 from the field and 5 of 7 from the stripe and filled the rest of the box score with two assists, two steals and a block in just 22 minutes of action. Senior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) netted 14 points (5-11 FG; 4-6 FT), and added six assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals. Freshman Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) was also in double figures for the Hawks with 11 points (4-7 FG; 1-2 3-FG; 2-2 FT) to go along with three assists, three steals and a pair of boards in 17 minutes.
Saint Anselm led 7-6 less than four minutes into the contest when an Andrews layup sparked a 21-2 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Aliyah Smith (Medford, N.Y.) that opened the lead to 28-8 with 5:57 remaining in the opening half. The Hawks went into the break with a 32-14 lead.
The margin hovered between 16 and 20 through the first half of the second stanza until seven different Saint Anselm scorers powered a 21-5 stretch that blew the game open and gave the Hawks a game-high 36-point lead at 76-40 with 2:28 to play.
Senior Meg Morrissey (So. Kingstown, R.I.) produced a solid line of eight points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals, while classmate Ashley Viselli (Groveland, Mass.) chipped in six points and four boards. Fellow senior Kierra Moore (Albany, N.Y.) added five points, three assists and three rebounds, with classmate Mariah Wynn (Boston, Mass.) posting four points and five boards.
Saint Anselm outshot Georgian Court 38.2 percent (26-68) to 30.3 percent (20-66) and held advantages on the glass (49-43) and in the paint (36-26). The Hawks also outscored the Lions, 25-12, in points off turnovers as they forced 25 and gave it away 18 times.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. when they play host to Long Island University-LIU Post at Stoutenburgh. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.