MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team, seeded third in the Northeast Division, will take on the Southwest Division's two seed in Le Moyne College on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.
The Hawks have qualified for the NE10 postseason for the third-straight year and have earned a playoff spot in four out of the last five seasons. Piloted by first-year Head Coach Corey Boilard, Saint Anselm (17-11, 13-8 NE10) has recorded at least 17 victories in each of the last three seasons.
Saint Anselm will take on a Le Moyne team that posted a 66-55 win over the Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Ted Grant Court. Live Video and Live Statistics will be available via the Le Moyne Dolphins athletics website.
EARLIER THIS SEASON vs. LE MOYNE: Sophomore Shannon Ryan and freshman Grace Guachione scored 13 points apiece with the former hauling in eight rebounds. Senior Clairee Putnam racked up six assists for the Hawks and she joined senior Ali Glennon with seven points.
Saint Anselm took its first lead of the afternoon with 3:41 to go in the first period as Emma Daly poured home a three-pointer to capture a 9-8 lead for her team. A five-point scoring run by Le Moyne gave them the lead for good, however, as the Dolphins took the lead through the first 10 minutes, 18-12.
The scoring by Le Moyne continued into the second stanza before Daly tallied another trey to shrink the 10 point Dolphins lead to only seven, 22-15. The second Daly triple of the afternoon sparked a 13-2 run of scoring by the Hawks, who led by a 25-24 score with 4:36 to go in the first half.
Le Moyne took the lead for good on the next few offensive plays, scoring 19 of the game's next 20 points and never looking back. The Dolphins punished the Hawks in the second quarter, scoring 10 points off of Hawks miscues.
Down by a game-high 18 with 1:21 left, Saint Anselm scored the final seven points of the game as Le Moyne recorded two turnovers during that span. Both teams shot well under 30% in the second half, but Le Moyne did not see its lead shrink below 10 points throughout the second half of action as the early damage had been done.
The Dolphins were led by 24 points from Nicole Riddick. Joanna Dobrovosky secured a team-leading nine rebounds for the home team.
ALL-TIME vs. LE MOYNE: The Hawks lead the all-time series over Le Moyne, 19-17, but the Dolphins have claimed wins in seven of the last 10 meetings since Jan. 5, 2011. Saint Anselm has battled Le Moyne only one prior in the postseason, dropping a 58-53 contest to ending the Hawks 2013-14 season.
NE10 TOURNAMENT ALL-TIME: The Hawks are 26-27 all-time in the league's postseason, winning its only NE10 title in 1990-91. The last time Saint Anselm has reached the league finals was during the 1998-99 campaign.
THAT'S RANK!: The Saint Anselm women's basketball team is ranked 10th in the East Region, according to the most recent NCAA Division II regional rankings released on Feb. 21...The Hawks best statistical ranking in NCAA Division II comes in overall rebounding - Saint Anselm ranks 22nd in the division...Ryan holds several national rankings, ranking fifth in rebounding (309), ninth in double-doubles (15), 11th in rebounds per game (11.0) and 13th in defensive rebounds per game (8.00). Her 215 field goals made is 10th in NCAA Division II...Putnam's 974 minutes of action leads all NE10 student-athletes and is 11th in the country.
MAKING MOVES: Ryan scored 29 points in the victory last Saturday over Saint Michael's, giving her 500+ points scored on the season in only her first year with the Hawks. In the game, Ryan passed Candace Andrews '17 for the sixth-most points scored in a season.
With 18 rebounds against the Purple Knights, Ryan exited play with 304 through her first 27 games played this season. She became 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).
Ryan needs only three points before the season is out to capture sole possession of second place in single-season program history in point scoring. The all-time single season scoring record was set in 1996 by Kristen Skoglund - she posted 618 points across 27 games, averaging 22.9 per contest.
GLENNON GETS IT DONE: Glennon enters Sunday's game at Le Moyne only 30 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Her last game against Stonehill gave her 270 for the season, setting a single-season best mark for the four-year member of the program. She has also set career-high marks in field goal percentage (.418, 99-for-237), minutes played (831), minutes played per game (29.7) and assists (56).
I CAN SEE CLAIREE NOW: Putnam scored her 500th career point earlier in the season and stands only 11 assists shy of reaching 200 for her career. By reaching that milestone, she would become only the 20th student-athlete in team history to do so. Her free throw percentage of .832 (119-for-143) is tied with Kathleen Shippee '95 for fourth place all-time among those with 100 made.
COREY'S STORY: Head Coach Corey Boilard, in the midst of his first season as bench boss of the Hawks women's basketball team, secured his 100th career coaching win last Wednesday against Southern New Hampshire.
His most successful season in NCAA Division III came during the 2015-16 campaign where his Wildcats posted a 24-4 overall record (.857) and earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Coach of the Year merits.
A New Hampshire native, Boilard took over the Johnson & Wales program in 2012-13 and guided the Wildcats to an overall record of 84-52 over his five seasons, including a 43-17 mark in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). During his last three seasons, Boilard's teams went 62-22 (.738) overall and 31-7 (.816) in the GNAC and twice set program records for wins in a season. During his time at Johnson & Wales, the team made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2015-16, Boilard was named the GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 24-4 record that set the program record for wins and earned the team an NCAA Tournament berth after winning the GNAC Tournament. The year before, Johnson & Wales earned its first-ever bid to the national tournament with a 19-10 overall record. Boilard's teams also excelled in the classroom, posting a team GPA of at least 3.2 in each of his five seasons.