MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 69-53 loss at home to nationally-ranked Stonehill College.
The Hawks drop to 17-11 overall and to 13-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference. Despite the loss to No. 18 Stonehill (24-2, 20-1 NE10), Saint Anselm will advance to the NE10 postseason for the third-straight season – the Hawks will travel to Le Moyne for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Dolphins in Syracuse, N.Y. on Sunday, Feb. 25. More information about the match-up will be released in the coming days.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan scored a team-leading 15 points in only 14 minutes of action, securing five rebounds in limited playing time. Senior Ali Glennon led the Hawks with seven rebounds, chipping in with 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for Saint Anselm.
The Hawks yielded the first points of the game but kept the Stonehill lead to a maximum of six points well into the second quarter. With 6:56 to go in the first half, a layup by Glennon sparked a nine-point scoring run by the Hawks as a triple from Sara Messler and a layup by Peyton Steinman created a three-point lead, 24-21, for Saint Anselm.
Trailing by one point at halftime, the Hawks rebuilt a five-point lead, 32-27, only 1:37 into the third quarter as Clairee Putnam and Ryan scored back-to-back baskets in the paint.
Stonehill put the game out of reach from that point onward, using a 16-2 scoring run to create a nine-point lead, 43-34, with 2:13 to go in the third quarter. A trey from Stonehill's Courtney Walsh with 1:09 left in regulation time created a game-high lead of 19 points for the visitors.
Kelly Martin led Stonehill with 26 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the floor and making all nine of her free throws. Samantha Hyslip hauled in nine caroms and Grace Carter handed out five assists for the Skyhawks, who have lost only two contests all season.
Saint Anselm also hosted its annual Play4Kay fundraiser game, joining Stonehill in wearing pink warmup shirts during the pregame activities. Throughout February, high schools, universities and local organizations are dedicated to raise funds and awareness to support the Kay Yow Cancer Funds (KYCF) with a mission of supporting scientific research focused on women's cancers, as well as projects assisting the underserved community. For more information, visit KayYow.com.