Women’s Hoop Uses Lockdown Defense to Earn 75-40 Win Over Chestnut Hill

Women’s Hoop Uses Lockdown Defense to Earn 75-40 Win Over Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA – Senior Tori Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.) scored a game-high 17 points and classmate Meg Morrissey (So. Kingstown, R.I.) added a career-high 16 to lead the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 75-40 victory against Chestnut Hill College on Sunday afternoon at Sorgenti Arena.

The Hawks improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Griffins sink to 0-3.

Lehr hit seven of her 11 shots from the field and went 3-for-4 at the line, while pulling down eight rebounds. Morrissey (6-9 FG; 2-2 3-FG; 2-3 FT), meanwhile, also set career highs in field goals and 3-point field goals made, in addition to handing out five assists. Fellow senior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 12 points (5-13 FG; 2-2 FT).

The story of the day for Saint Anselm, however, may have been its stifling defense, which limited the Griffins to just 20 points in each half and forced 17 turnovers. Chestnut Hill was only able to shoot 23.7 percent (14-59) from the floor and was not much better from behind the arc as it hit 25 percent (5-20) of its shots from downtown. The Hawks, on the other hand, only turned it over nine times and shot 43.3 percent (29-67) from the field, including 37.5 percent (6-16) from long range.

Olivia Gorczynski led Chestnut Hill with nine points.

The game was tied at four early on when 10 points from Lehr and five more from Morrissey powered a 19-4 run that opened up a 23-8 lead for Saint Anselm with 9:22 remaining in the opening half.

The Hawks' lead was 14 just over three minutes later when two points from five different scorers made up a 10-0 stretch that expanded the lead to 39-15 with 2:21 on the clock. Senior Kierra Moore (Albany, N.Y.) made sure the visitors took that margin to the locker room as her 3-pointer as time expired made it 44-20 at the break.

Saint Anselm showed no letdown in the second half as it stormed out of the locker room on a 12-3 run that stretched the lead to 56-23 a little over five minutes in. The teams would go back and forth for most of the rest of the half until a short 8-2 burst from Chestnut Hill sliced its deficit to 66-38 with 2:36 left.

The Hawks responded, however, as 3-pointers from senior Jenna Lemoi (Providence, R.I.) and sophomores Kelsey McKeon (Alameda, Calif.) and Nancy Stablein (Shelton, Conn.) helped Saint Anselm close the game on a 9-2 run that gave it the largest lead of the afternoon.

Moore finished with seven points (2-5 FG; 1-3 3-FG; 2-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists, while freshman Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) chipped in six points (2-4 FG; 2-2 FT) three assists and three rebounds.

Saint Anselm controlled both the glass (50-37) and the paint (40-16), while holding large advantages in points off turnovers (20-6) and second-chance points (17-2).

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. when they take on crosstown rival Southern New Hampshire University at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The next home game for the Hawks is Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. when they play host to Merrimack College at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. 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.