MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Caitlyn Abela (No. Easton, Mass.) hit for a game-high 22 points, but the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team fell to Le Moyne College, 62-52, Wednesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks drop to 5-12 on the season, including 3-9 in Northeast-10 play, while the Dolphins improve to 13-5, 7-4 NE-10.
Abela went 7-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, and 3-for-3 at the stripe, to go along with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Classmate Candace Andrews (Boston, Mass.) was also in double figures with 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Vandell Andrade paced Le Moyne with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists.
Le Moyne led, 4-0, nearly three minutes in when the Hawks responded with five straight points to go up by one with 16:13 remaining in the opening half. With the game tied at 11-all nearly five minutes later, a pair of 3-pointers from Tessa Pucello fueled a 13-3 run that opened up a 24-14 advantage for the Dolphins with just under seven minutes to play.
The lead was nine for Le Moyne when six straight points from junior Raquel Johnson (Inglewood, Calif.) helped Saint Anselm close the half on a 9-2 wave, with Abela drilling a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to close the scoring and send the Hawks into the break trailing, 28-26.
Freshman Ali Glennon (Bedford, N.H.) scored five of the first seven second-half points to stake Saint Anselm to a 31-30 lead just over two minutes in, but Emily Greer reeled off eight straight points to ignite a 13-2 rush that gave Le Moyne a 43-33 advantage with 11:16 remaining. Greer's triple with 16:00 on the clock gave the Dolphins the lead for good.
After Le Moyne opened its largest lead of the night at 53-41 with 7:17 to play, four straight points from Andrews – and six overall – helped the Hawks go on an 8-2 run that trimmed their deficit to 55-49 with 2:14 on the clock. Abela drained a 3 just over a minute later to bring Saint Anselm within 57-52, but missed a left-corner trey to make it a two-point game just 10 seconds after the make.
The Dolphins would go 5-for-8 from the line the rest of the way, which was good enough to seal the victory.
Glennon posted six points (2-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-2 FT) and six rebounds, while Johnson chipped in six points (2-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and four boards. Sophomore Kaila Duarte (Dorchester, Mass.) registered six points (3-8 FG), nine rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Le Moyne outshot Saint Anselm, 37.5 percent (21-56) to 35.2 percent (19-54), while the Hawks returned the favor from deep, 50 percent (6-12) to 43.8 percent (7-16). Both teams shot a nearly identical percentage from the line, but the Dolphins made more free throws (13) than the hosts attempted (11). Le Moyne controlled the glass (40-34) and the paint (26-18), while turning it over just 14 times and forcing 17 Saint Anselm mistakes for an 18-11 edge in points off turnovers.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. when they take on the College of Saint Rose. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. when they play host to American International 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.