MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Kaila Duarte (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Raquel Johnson (Inglewood, Calif.) both recorded double-doubles to lead the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 54-43 victory against Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday evening in both teams' conference openers at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks remain perfect at 3-0 on the season, including 1-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Penmen, who never led in the game, dip to 2-1, 0-1 NE-10.
Duarte posted 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-2 FT) and 15 rebounds, while Johnson added 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT) and 10 boards. Sophomore Aliyah Smith (Medford, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT) – all coming in the first half – and filled the stat sheet with four assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Vic Wiseman and Lorreta Rocha paced Southern New Hampshire with 10 points each.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 9-0 lead four minutes in on five points from Johnson and four from Smith. SNHU would whittle the deficit to five, but a 3-pointer from freshman Ali Glennon (Bedford, N.H.) nudged the lead back to 14-6 with 11:32 remaining in the opening half.
With the margin at 18-9 nearly four minutes later, the Penmen reeled off an 11-2 run – with six points from Rocha – to knot the game at 20 with 3:02 on the clock. The Hawks responded, however, by scoring seven of the half's final nine points – with four from Duarte and three from Smith – to bring a 27-22 lead into the break.
The Hawks wasted no time widening the gap as they scored the first 11 points of the second half to grab a 38-22 lead just 3:19 in. With the lead still 16 nearly two minutes later, a 6-0 from run from Southern New Hampshire trimmed its deficit to 10 at 42-32 with 12:38 to play.
After a Duarte layup and a trey from freshman Clairee Putnam (Windham, N.H.) ran the lead to 15, SNHU again cut it to 10, but Saint Anselm pushed it back to 15 at 54-39 with 4:01 remaining. The Penmen closed the scoring with a 4-0 run to cut it to 11.
Sophomore Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) chipped in seven points (3-13 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and three assists, while classmate Caitlyn Abela (No. Easton, Mass.) tallied five points (2-9 FG, 1-7 3-FG), three boards and three steals. Glennon added six points (2-6 FG, 2-3 3-FG) and four rebounds.
Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 32.8 percent (22-67) to 29.3 percent (17-58), including 23.8 percent (5-21) to 16.7 percent (2-12) from long range. The Hawks held advantages in the paint (32-24), on the glass (45-43) and in points off turnovers (14-8).
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. when they play host to Assumption College 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.