EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Freshman Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to Sunday's 74-47 victory against Concordia (N.Y.) College at the 49th annual East Stroudsburg University Pocono Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Koehler Fieldhouse.
The Hawks bump their record to 5-4 on the season, while the Clippers sink to 0-8.
Andrews shot 5-for-11 from the floor and was 4-for-5 at the line, while collecting a career-high seven steals and matching her personal best with five assists. Senior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 10 points (4-5 FG; 2-2 FT).
Jessica Rosalbo led the Clippers with 12 points.
Saint Anselm trailed 4-2 nearly two minutes into the game when a 3-pointer by senior Kierra Moore (Albany, N.Y.) keyed a 9-0 stretch that gave the Hawks a seven-point lead with 13:10 remaining in the opening half. Rosalbo stopped the bleeding and cut the Concordia deficit to four at 11-7 just 15 seconds later.
The margin was three (20-17) with 7:12 on the clock when back-to-back treys from sophomore Nancy Stablein (Shelton, Conn.) touched off a 25-3 surge that sent the Hawks into the locker room with a 45-20 advantage. Andrews poured in 10 points during the run, including the final six, while sophomore Raquel Johnson (Long Beach, Calif.) added eight.
Jones opened the second half with consecutive baskets that set up seven straight points to extend the run to 32-3 and expand the lead to 52-20 just 1:52 in. After the Clippers whittled their deficit to 27, Jones drained a jumper to make it 58-29 with 15:21 remaining and neither team would score again for the next 4:25 until a Paige Corkins basket trimmed the deficit back to 27.
Another Stablein trifecta sparked 10-1 run that gave Saint Anselm its largest lead of the afternoon at 68-32 with 7:58 to play. Concordia responded by using four points each from Selbe Lo and Alyssa Dawson to craft a 15-6 run that closed the scoring, but it was much too late.
Stablein netted a career-best nine points (3-8 FG; 3-7 3-FG) and also matched a career high with four rebounds, while Johnson added a season-high eight points (3-7 FG; 2-3 FT) to go along with five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Senior Tori Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.), who was named to the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the tournament, chipped in seven points (3-7 FG; 1-2 FT), five boards and two steals.
Saint Anselm shut down Concordia with its stifling defense as the Hawks held the Clippers to 28.6 percent (16-56) shooting, including just 16.7 percent (2-12) from downtown and forced a whopping 30 turnovers. The Hawks, who turned it over 17 times, held advantages in points off turnovers (18-12), scoring in the paint (28-16) and rebounding (46-45). Saint Anselm shot 38 percent (27-71), including 31.3 percent (5-16) from beyond the arc.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. when they play host to Saint Michael's 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.