Women's basketball rallies late to stun Assumption, 60-56

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team trailed by a game-high 14 points late in the third quarter but rebounded to stun the host Greyhounds from Assumption College by a 60-56 score on Tuesday at Laska Gymnasium.

Box Score

Saint Anselm improves to 15-9 overall and to 11-6 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption yielded 10-straight points to end the game, falling to 7-15 overall and to 4-13 against the league.

Sophomore Shannon Ryan and freshman Peyton Steinman each scored 19 points. Senior Clairee Putnam handed out four assists, joining classmate Ali Glennon in that statistic. Ryan's 12 rebounds led players from both teams, as did four steals from Putnam. Junior Emma Daly reached 250 career points in the game, finishing with five to her credit.

Trailing by six points with 2:49 left in the game, the Hawks completed the comeback with 10-straight points to topple the host Greyhounds. A Ryan layup and a Putnam triple keyed the comeback that was capped with a Steinman three-point play, giving Saint Anselm its first lead of the second half with 25 seconds left in regulation time.

Saint Anselm trailed by a 25-20 score at the half despite opening up a 6-0 lead to start the game. Following a layup from Steinman with 7:47 to go in the half, a 9-2 scoring run for Assumption created a five-point edge, 20-15. Daly immediately countered with a trey on her team's next possession, but the Greyhounds scored five consecutive points to create the halftime edge.

Through the first 20 minutes, the Hawks limited the Greyhounds to only 28.6% from the floor (8-for-28), but the hosts made all seven of their free throws. Assumption also won the first half rebounding battle, 21-to-17. The Greyhounds bench also struck for 14 of their 25 total points before the break, limiting the Hawks to a season-low 20 points in the first half.

Assumption stunned the Hawks with four-straight points to begin the third quarter, forcing a timeout by the Saint Anselm bench. The hosts lead grew to a game-high 14 point advantage on two separate occasions in the third quarter, but Saint Anselm made things interesting with an 11-3 scoring run down the stretch.

Down by a 50-41 margin entering the final 10 minutes of regulation, the Hawks scored six of the first eight points of the quarter to cut the lead to 52-48. Trading baskets with under three minutes to go, a Ryan made layup and a Putnam three-point basket shrunk the Assumption lead to one point, 56-55, with 1:43 left.

On the very next possession with the shot clock running down, aggressive pressure by Michaela Martin forced a desperation layup that was swatted away by Ryan. On the very next offensive possession, with nine seconds left on the shot clock, the Hawks called a full timeout with 54 seconds remaining.

Putnam attempted a layup, but Steinman hauled in the offensive rebound and eventually scored the go-ahead layup – she completed the three-point play to create a 58-56 lead for her team with 25 seconds to go in the game. An Assumption shot ricocheted off the bottom of the backboard and was gathered by Ryan, locking down the win for Saint Anselm.

Assumption was led by 14 points and 10 rebounds from Kiera O'Donnell.

The Hawks return to action this Saturday, Feb. 10, hosting Bentley at 1:30 p.m. on Senior Day.