Women's basketball cruises to decisive victory over Saint Rose

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team scored 31 points in the first quarter alone en route to an 89-58 victory over the College of Saint Rose on Tuesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

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The Hawks improve to 11-9 on the year, moving to 7-6 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Saint Rose evens its overall record at 9-9, dipping to 7-5 versus league foes. Saint Anselm heads to Franklin Pierce next Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a 5:30 p.m. showdown.

Saint Anselm shattered the previous scoring record against Saint Rose – the Hawks had only scored as many as 80 points against the Golden Knights, doing so on Jan. 24, 2015. The 31-point margin of victory was also the second-largest over Saint Rose – the all-time record of 35 points, achieved in a 77-42 win, was attained on Feb. 25, 2003 at home.

Sophomore Shannon Ryan hauled down 15 rebounds, scoring as many points for her 10th double-double of the season. Senior Clairee Putnam, playing in her 100th career game, scored 15 points and handed out six rebounds in the convincing victory. Senior Ali Glennon and freshman Peyton Steinman rounded out the top scorers for the Hawks, notching 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Saint Anselm could not miss in the opening period, connecting on five three-point baskets while making 11-of-15 shots (73.3%) during that span. The Hawks also enjoyed a 15-to-1 advantage on the glass, allowing only four made baskets to the Golden Knights. With only 1:55 to go in the first, Saint Anselm grew its lead to 23-5 following back-to-back free throws from Sara Messler.

Freshman Kaitlyn Petrocelli lifted Saint Anselm to its largest lead of the evening, putting home a layup with two seconds left in the first period to create a 31-10 lead for the hosts. The second period scoring was even at 14 points apiece, but the Hawks maintained their lead thanks to 14 rebounds alone – sophomore Julia Thissell scored four points and three rebounds in the second stanza.

Between the third and fourth quarters, the Hawks offense regained some of its first-quarter momentum as a Glennon triple turned into a 18-2 scoring stretch for Saint Anselm. Putnam chipped in with nine fourth-quarter points, making all four of her field goals to join seven other teammates to reach the scoring ledger down the stretch.

Saint Rose shot 33.3% for the game (21-for-63) and was out-muscled by the Hawks on the glass by a 55-to-27 spread. Saint Anselm also enjoyed a 10-for-19 performance from beyond the arc, setting a season-high mark for treys made.

Leah Dollard finished with 13 points for the Golden Knights.