LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Sophomore Shannon Ryan recorded her second double-double in as many games, helping the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 94-52 victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College on Sunday to conclude the Georgian Court Invitational.
Saint Anselm earns its first victory under first-year Head Coach Corey Boilard, moving to 1-1 on the season while Concordia falls to 0-2. The Hawks open Northeast-10 Conference play at home this Wednesday, Nov. 15, hosting Franklin Pierce at 5:30 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
After notching 30 points and 15 rebounds against Caldwell on Saturday, Ryan scored 20 points and hauled in 15 caroms versus the Clippers in the decisive victory. Three other student-athletes reached double-digits in point scoring, including senior Ali Glennon, junior Emma Daly and freshman Peyton Steinman.
Saint Anselm made the third-most combined free throws in a single game across program history and the 45 free throw attempts are the second-most ever in a single contest. Glennon scored nine of her 15 points from the charity stripe while Kaitlyn Petrocelli scored all eight of her points from the free throw line.
The Hawks opened up an 8-0 lead through the game's first 4:03, sparked by the first of Michaela Martin's four offensive rebounds of the afternoon. Her putback sparked the extended scoring run, aided by a Martin triple after Concordia's first points of the contest.
Six-straight free throws down the stretch gave Saint Anselm a 17-2 lead with 3:47 left in the opening stanza. The Hawks finished the first quarter with a commanding 23-6 lead, picking up 16 of the game's 23 rebounds and limiting the Clippers to only 2-for-16 from the floor.
Concordia began to find its shooting stroke, converting at nearly 50% from the floor, but Saint Anselm outdid its opponent by making 10-of-16 shots (62.5%) thanks to 12 second quarter points from Ryan to maintain her team's sizeable lead.
Saint Anselm scored a game-high 27 points in the third quarter alone and would grow its lead to 42 points with 52 seconds left in the game. Concordia made its last field goal with 5:42 left in regulation time and the Hawks defense was able to limit any further scoring throughout the larger part of the final quarter.
Daly was 5-for-10 from the floor, scoring 15 points, while Steinman notched 12 points and a team-best five steals. Six different student-athletes made at least one three-point basket for Saint Anselm, who made eight shots from beyond the arc.
Julianne Wilkinson led Concordia with 19 points while Cameron Corbett tallied eight points in 15 minutes of action.