COLCHESTER, Vt. – Scoring the game's final eight points, the Saint Anselm College women's basketball stunned the host Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College by a 75-72 score on Saturday at the Ross Sports Center.
Saint Anselm has won four-straight road contests and improves to 17-10 overall on the year and to 13-7 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Purple Knights dip to 8-17 overall and to 5-15 against the league. The Hawks wrap their regular season up on Tuesday, hosting Stonehill at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan scored 29 points in the victory, giving her 504 points in her first year with the Hawks. In doing so with one regular season game and at least one postseason game to go, she passes Candace Andrews '17 for the sixth-most points scored in a season. Ryan needs only 18 points before the season is out to capture second place in single-season program history in point scoring.
With 18 rebounds against the Purple Knights, Ryan exited play with 304 through 27 games played this season. She becomes only the fourth student-athlete to pull down at least 300 caroms in one season and only the second Saint Anselm student-athlete to ever reach 500 points and 300 rebounds in a season (Rachel Jackson, 1984-85).
Senior Ali Glennon poured home 21 points and five rebounds, placing her only seven points shy of a single-season personal record. Freshman Peyton Steinman scored 11 points and collected four rebounds and senior Clairee Putnam tallied seven points and handed out a team-best three assists.
Down by only five points with 3:56 to go, the Hawks scored the game's final eight points while forcing Saint Michael's to miss six-straight shots during that span. Saint Anselm ultimately closed the game on a 35-19 scoring run that spanned the final 13:27 of action, despite trailing by a game-high 13 points at that point.
Saint Anselm built a five-point lead with 3:38 to go in the first quarter. Ahead 17-12, Saint Anselm saw four points from Ryan and baskets from Steinman, Glennon and Putnam. The Purple Knights countered with a 12-0 scoring run that saw eight points alone from Leah Spencer – she placed Saint Michael's ahead by a 24-17 score after the first period.
Saint Michael's continued to punish the Hawks in the second and third quarters, shooting exactly 50% at halftime (17-34) and eventually growing its lead to 53-40 with 13:27 remaining in regulation time. Putnam and Daly keyed the Hawks comeback, connecting on back-to-back three's only 29 seconds apart to temporarily slow the hosts.
The Purple Knights would not go away quietly, recreating a nine-point lead following a triple from Nicole Anderson with 8:33 left in the fourth quarter. Glennon stepped up for Saint Anselm, completely swinging the momentum in her team's favor with her squad's next 11 points in the next 2:21 of action. Her heroics set up a dramatic comeback for Saint Anselm in the game's final 3:56 where the team potted eight-straight points to earn the win.
Saint Anselm finished the game shooting 33-for-71, a 46.5% field goal percentage, while winning the rebounding battle, 46-34. The Purple Knights connected on more than half of their shots from beyond the arc and only committed five turnovers, but were outscored in the paint by a 50-30 margin.
Five Purple Knights scored in double-digit figures, including Anderson and her 15 total points. Spencer also finished with 15 points and Maddy Bennett collected seven rebounds. Emily Ferreri dished out nine assists, tying for the most by a Saint Anselm opponent during the 2017-18 season.