Women’s Basketball Hangs Tough Until Final Run from AIC in 76-50 Loss

Women’s Basketball Hangs Tough Until Final Run from AIC in 76-50 Loss

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore Kaila Duarte (Dorchester, Mass.) notched her sixth double-double of the season, but the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team fell to American International College, 76-50, in non-conference action Monday evening at Butova Gymnasium.

The Hawks sink to 4-8 on the season, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 7-7.

Duarte scored 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 FT) and pulled down 15 rebounds, while classmate Caitlyn Abela (No. Easton, Mass.) also netted 13 points (6-16 FG, 1-7 3-FG) to go along with two rebounds. Freshman Ali Glennon (Bedford, N.H.) was also in double figures with a career-best 11 points (3-8, 2-3 3-FG, 3-6 FT), while adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Krista Ferrentino led AIC with 18 points.

Layups from Glennon and junior Raquel Johnson (Inglewood, Calif.) jumped the Hawks out to a 4-0 lead just 1:21 in, but a 17-4 balanced burst from the Yellow Jackets, which featured seven different scorers, put AIC on top, 17-8, with 11:21 remaining in the opening half and Saint Anselm would never lead again.

Six straight points from Abela slashed the Hawks' deficit to just three with under nine minutes to play, but a 3-pointer from Imani Stepney and consecutive layups from Ferrentino ran the Yellow Jackets' lead back to double digits at 24-14 with 7:12 left.

The lead was still nine near the end of the stanza when Kamika Mason and Ferrentino dropped in layups to close the scoring and send AIC into the locker room with a 34-21 advantage.

A quick 6-2 spurt to begin the second half ballooned the Yellow Jackets' lead to 17 just 2:04 in, but four straight points from Duarte, followed by five straight from junior Nancy Stablein (Shelton, Conn.), trimmed the Saint Anselm deficit to 40-32 with 14:57 to play.

Four straight points from Ferrentino sparked an 8-1 counter-run and AIC led by 15 with 13 minutes to go. After Saint Anselm pulled to within 10, the Yellow Jackets hit back to go up 15 again, but the Hawks would not go away as five Glennon points fueled a 7-0 streak that made it an eight-point game at 55-47 with 8:43 remaining.

AIC stung back in a big way, finally putting Saint Anselm away as six scorers combined to close the game on a 21-3 run that expanded the final margin from eight to 26 in under eight minutes. Alyssa Roach led the way during the final push with six points, while Ferrentino and Chrystal Holland each added four.

Stablein chipped in seven points (2-8 FG, 1-6 3-FG, 2-3 FT), while Johnson tallied four points (2-9 FG), five boards, two assists, a block and a steal.

AIC outshot Saint Anselm, 45.5 percent (30-66) to 35.7 percent (20-56), including 36.4 percent (8-22) to 23.5 percent (4-17) from beyond the arc and 50 percent (16-32) to 34.5 percent (10-29) in the second half. The Yellow Jackets were also better from the line, 72.7 percent (8-11) to 46.2 percent (6-13), won the glass, 44-28, including 18-12 on the offensive end, held a 34-28 advantage in the paint and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (16/9-9/12).

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. when they play host to the University of New Haven in a Northeast-10 tilt 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.