EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team used a big second quarter to pull away from Stonehill College and earn a 63-53 victory on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action in Easton, Mass.
The Hawks improve to 17-8 overall with the win and 12-7 in the NE10, while Stonehill falls to 10-13 and 9-10 in league games. Saint Anselm is back in action Saturday night when they travel to #15 Bentley University for a 6 p.m. matchup.
Candace Andrews matched a season-high with 26 points to go with six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Kaila Duarte added a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Ali Glennon chipped in eight points of her own. Clairee Putnam, Caitlyn Abela and Erin Waters notched four points apiece in the win.
Stonehill was led by 14 points and six rebounds from Samantha Hyslip, with Maty Diabate posting a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Candace Andrews converted three-straight layups to open the game and give the Hawks a 6-4 advantage, but Stonehill answered with five points of its own to grab a 9-6 lead with 6:37 remaining in the first quarter. Kaila Duarte rattled home a jumper to keep it a one point game at 9-8 and Andrews followed with a layup to keep an 11-10 game nearly two minutes later.
Ali Glennon banked home a runner at the 2:48 mark to make it a 13-12 game, but the Skyhawks ended the period on a 4-0 run to take a 17-12 lead after one quarter of play.
Saint Anselm opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, including six points from Duarte, to pull ahead 20-17, and Andrews converted 1-of-2 free throws to give the Hawks a 21-17 lead with 7:37 to play. Stonehill answered with a 6-0 run to pull ahead 23-21, and Andrews ended the run with a pull up jumper to tie the game at 23-all with 5:06 remaining in the half.
This time the Hawks answered with a big run as Saint Anselm ended the half on a 13-5 run to take a 36-28 lead into halftime. Andrews had five points over that stretch, while Duarte added six of her own, and Erin Waters converted a layup before the final horn to give the Hawks an eight-point lead headed into the break.
Stonehill scored the first basket of the second half, but back-to-back layups from Ali Glennon and Andrews staked the visitors to a 40-30 lead with 7:40 remaining. Caitlyn Abela ended a 4-0 run by the Skyhawks with a jumper to make it a 42-34 game, and Emma Daly knocked down a triple to give Saint Anselm a 45-34 lead.
After a pair of Andrews free throws extended the lead to 47-34, Stonehill scored seven-straight points to climb back to within 47-41. With the shot clock winding down on the Hawks' final possession, Clairee Putnam drilled a jumper before the horn to give the Hawks a 49-41 lead headed into the final period.
Glennon kept it an eight point game with a three-pointer at the 5:24 mark and the Hawks on top 55-47. Two-straight layups from Abela and Waters extended the lead to 59-47, and the Hawks went to the free throw line to ice the game, connecting on four-straight free throws down the stretch, to build a big enough cushion to hang on for the 63-53 victory.
The Hawks shot 38.6% (22-of-57) from the field, 20% (2-of-10) from beyond the arc and 68% (17-of-25) at the charity stripe. Stonehill ended the game shooting 34.8% (23-of-66) from the floor, 21.4% (3-of-14) from three and 57.1% (4-of-7) at the free throw line. Saint Anselm won the rebounding battle 42-39 while edging the Skyhawks in turnovers, 12-13.
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