Women's basketball pulls away in second half to down Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. – Sophomore Shannon Ryan and senior Clairee Putnam helped the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team cruise to a 66-53 victory over the host Ravens from Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday.

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Saint Anselm improves to 13-9 on the season and to 9-6 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Franklin Pierce, who finishes the regular season with two losses to the Hawks, falls to 4-16 and to 1-14 against league opponents. The Hawks have won five-straight games against their in-state rival.

Ryan finished with a team-best 22 points and 14 rebounds while swatting away a team-high four Franklin Pierce shots. Putnam recorded her 500th career point for the Hawks in the first quarter, finishing with 18 points, tying a career-high mark in scoring. Freshman Peyton Steinman picked up eight rebounds and handed out six assists.

Saint Anselm opened the game on a 9-0 scoring run that was aided by five points from Ryan. During that stretch, the Hawks forced Franklin Pierce into missing all of its shots (0-for-3) before ultimately having the Ravens bench call a time out.

Franklin Pierce tied the game at 17 with only 29 seconds left in the first half, scoring 17 of the game's next 25 points. Four-straight Ravens points late in the second quarter would propel the Ravens to their first lead of the game, 29-27, with 3:56 to go before halftime.

A brief 5-1 scoring run put the Hawks ahead entering halftime, 34-31. Putnam hit a key jumper during that stretch – she scored the 500th point of her career during the opening 20 minutes and finished the first half with seven points, ranking second behind Ryan's 10 points before the break.

Saint Anselm controlled the glass in the first half, building its narrow halftime lead with the assistance of eight second-chance points. Saint Anselm also controlled the offensive glass, nabbing 11 offensive rebounds and 28 caroms in total. Steinman snatched six boards alone in the first 20 minutes.

Scoring seven of the second half's first nine points, the Hawks were able to regain a comfortable eight-point lead that grew to 13 points with 3:58 left in the third quarter. Putnam poured home a trey with 16 seconds left in the third quarter and Ryan banked a jumper off the glass shortly into the fourth quarter, maintaining a sizeable Hawks lead throughout the remaining minutes of regulation time.

Franklin Pierce was led by 12 points from Jemma Thacker. Diondra Woumn secured 12 rebounds and tied with Thacker for the team lead with four assists.