WATERBURY, Conn. – Senior Ali Glennon scored a season-high 18 points and the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team overcame a slow start to cruise to an 83-44 victory over Post University in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at Drubner Center.
Saint Anselm (7-4) trailed Post (2-5) by five, 15-10, after the first quarter but outscored the hosts 73-29 over the final three quarters on its way to the victory. Glennon shot 7-for-10 from the field to lead all scorers with 18 points for the Hawks, who got points from all 11 student-athletes that entered the game.
The game was the first meeting between the two programs since a 58-35 Saint Anselm victory on Nov. 15, 2009. The Hawks have won all four encounters with the Eagles by at least 20 points.
In addition to Glennon's 18 points, sophomore Shannon Ryan recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. The 18 boards were the most by a Saint Anselm player since Megan Howard pulled down the same number at UMass Lowell on Dec. 7, 2011.
Senior Clairee Putnam joined Glennon and Ryan in double figures with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting and added three rebounds and three assists. Freshmen Grace Guachione and Peyton Steinman each had seven points off the bench to help the Hawks to a 30-12 advantage in bench scoring.
Ryan found Glennon for a layup on the opening possession of the game before Post scored 13-straight points while holding the Hawks scoreless for over six minutes to lead 13-2 with 3:50 left in the opening quarter. Saint Anselm trimmed the deficit to just five, 15-10, after one quarter despite shooting just 23.5 percent in the first 10 minutes.
The Hawks took a 32-24 advantage at the half after outscoring the Eagles 22-9 in the second quarter. Back-to-back layups by sophomore Sara Messler midway through the second gave Saint Anselm its first lead since Glennon's game-opening layup at 21-20 as part of an 11-0 run. Glennon closed the quarter with a jumper with 10 seconds remaining to send the Hawks to the locker room up by eight.
Putnam scored eight of her 10 points in the third quarter as Saint Anselm extended its lead to 22, 56-34, after three. Two layups in the span of 32 seconds by Putnam stretched the Hawks' lead to 42-26 with 6:43 remaining. Later, a three-point play by Steinman saw the lead grow to 20 at 48-28 with 4:48 left in the third and Saint Anselm led by at least 20 the rest of the way.
The Hawks' largest lead of the game was 79-40 after a three-point play by freshman Jen Peel, who scored the first four points of her collegiate career in the win. Saint Anselm shot 47.7 percent (31-for-65) from the field in the game, while holding Post to 26.6 percent shooting (17-for-64). The Hawks also enjoyed advantage of 44-20 in points in the paint and 48-39 on the glass.
Saint Anselm continues a run of four-straight non-conference games to end the calendar year by traveling to NYIT on Tuesday, Dec. 19 for a 5 p.m. tip.