MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team suffered a 56-50 setback to the New York Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks fall to 7-5 overall with the defeat and return to Northeast-10 Conference action on Wednesday night with a 5:30 p.m. matchup against Pace University. NYIT improves to 8-5 on the season.
Saint Anselm shot a season-low 31% (18-of-58) from the field in the game, while only hitting 4-of-20 (20%) of their three-pointers and 10-of-11 (90.9%) of their free throws. NYIT was only slightly better, hitting 35.8% (24-of-67) of their shots, 16.7% (3-of-18) of their threes and 83.3% (5-of-6) on free throws. The Bears held a slight 43-41 edge in rebounds in the game, while also winning the turnover margin with 16 missteps to 20 for the Hawks.
Candace Andrews overcame a slow start to finish with a team-high 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. Clairee Putnam added 11 points, while Kaila Duarte notched seven points and 12 rebounds. Ali Glennon and Erin Waters scored six points apiece, with Glennon adding six rebounds.
NYIT was led by a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds from Margaret Knollmeyer. Shanice Allen and Nina Vukosavljevic added 12 points apiece.
The two teams traded baskets to start the game and were tied at 5-5 before a Glennon layup followed by a Putnam triple put the Hawks in front 10-5 with 6:29 to play in the first quarter. Emma Daly connected on a three at the 1:12 mark to put the Hawks ahead 16-8, but Julie Williams scored inside for the Bears before the end of the period to make it a 16-10 game after one quarter.
Putnam opened the second stanza with a triple to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 19-10. NYIT answered with an 11-0 run capped by a Vukosavljevic layup to put the Bears on top 21-19 with 5:29 to play. Erin Waters and Candace Andrews hit back-to-back jumpers to put Saint Anselm back in front 23-21, but Knollmeyer scored on two-straight trips down the floor to take the lead back for the visitors.
Following another Knollmeyer make that put NYIT on top 29-25, the Hawks scored the final five points of the period on a three-point play by Kaila Duarte and a pair of Andrews free throws to give Saint Anselm the 30-29 lead headed into the break.
Ali Glennon tied the game at 34-all with a pair of free throws at the 7:41 mark of the third quarter before two more Knollmeyer baskets gave the Bears a four point lead. Erin Waters kept it a one-possession game with a layup, but the Bears eventually took a 44-38 lead using a 6-2 lead to end the quarter.
A three-point play from Knollmeyer at the 5:28 mark of the fourth quarter gave NYIT their largest lead of the game at 51-42. The Hawks started to chip away by going to the free throw line as Andrews and Waters both had back-to-back perfect trips to the line, and an Ali Glennon layup at the 1:40 mark made it a 51-48 game.
Shanice Allen and Candace Andrews traded scores to keep it a three-point deficit for the Hawks at 53-50 with less than a minute to play. The Hawks were forced to foul, and the Bears went 3-for-4 at the charity stripe down the stretch while keeping Saint Anselm off the scoreboard as the Bears held on for the 56-50 win.
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