MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) scored a game-high 23 points and senior Tori Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.) notched her 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team edged Franklin Pierce University, 74-73, Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks win their third straight game for the first time all season as they improve to 13-10, including 9-9 in Northeast-10 play. The Ravens lose for just the fourth time in 14 games and snap a three-game winning streak to drop to 14-9, 11-7 NE-10.
Andrews and Lehr are the first Saint Anselm duo to score 20 points in the same game since Megan Howard and Justine Lyons each scored 22 at Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 6, 2009. Andrews shot 9-for-18 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line to go along with six assists, three steals and a pair of rebounds. Lehr knocked down 10 of 13 shots from the field and made three steals. Senior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 12 points (5-13 FG; 2-4 3-FG) and five boards.
Brittany Martelle led Franklin Pierce with 21 points, while Kara Charette added 19.
Saint Anselm led 70-62 with just over two minutes left when Brooke Corderre drilled a 3-pointer to cut it to five and then hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game with 1:07 on the clock. After the Hawks missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Charette dropped in a layup to cut the deficit to 70-69 with 36 seconds to play.
The teams then traded scores twice to bring the score to 74-73. Saint Anselm went to the line to try and make it a three-point game again with less than 12 seconds left, but missed both free throws to give the Ravens a chance to take the lead. Out of a timeout with fewer than nine seconds on the clock, Corderre drove the ball to the rim, but her layup would not fall and Lehr saved the ball from going out of bounds as she passed it back in to a teammate as time expired.
Franklin Pierce outshot Saint Anselm, 54.9 percent (28-51) to 48.4 percent (31-64), while both teams shot at a 44.4 percent (4-9) clip from deep. The Hawks held a monster advantage on the glass, 36-25, including 13-3 on the offensive end for a 13-3 margin in second chance points. Saint Anselm won the paint (40-34), points off turnovers (22-10) and put together a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/15-15/16).
The Hawks jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first 3:24 of the contest behind eight straight points from Andrews, but a 19-5 counter run from the Ravens – highlighted by a pair of treys from Dyamond Gardner – put them in the lead by their biggest margin of the day at 21-15 with 11:24 remaining in the opening half.
Saint Anselm responded by scoring 14 straight, including eight from Lehr, to go back on top by eight at 29-21 with 6:59 to play. Six straight from the Ravens, including four from Martelle, would cut it to a pair and the Hawks would eventually go into the break with a 33-29 lead.
A 3-pointer from senior Meg Morrissey (So. Kingstown, R.I.) helped the Hawks run their lead to seven just over two minutes into the second half. They were up six over three minutes later when four points from Charette fueled a 6-0 spurt that knotted the game at 42-all with 13:24 remaining.
The teams traded scores three times to keep the game tied until a three-point play from Martelle gave the Ravens their first lead since midway through the opening frame at 51-48 with 10:24 to go. Andrews answered by drilling a 3 that sparked a personal 7-0 run and put the Hawks on top for good at 55-51 with 9:32 left. Andrews' jumper at the 9:50 mark was the basket that gave the Hawks the lead for the final time.
A Coderre trifecta sliced the deficit to one a little over a minute later, but Jones answered with one of her own that kicked off a 9-2 run to open up a 66-58 lead with 5:29 to go. The Hawks still held an eight-point lead three minutes later when the Ravens made their final push.
Senior Allie Jones (So. Kingstown, R.I.) narrowly missed the double-double with eight points (3-6 FG; 2-2 FT) and 10 rebounds, while Morrissey netted seven points (2-5 FG; 1-2 3-FG; 2-5 FT) and handed out six helpers.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. when they take on Merrimack College. The next and final regular-season home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. when they play host to Assumption College on Senior Day 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.