SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team posted a 77-49 loss on Sunday to the host Dolphins from Le Moyne College in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.
Saint Anselm sees its season come to a close with a 17-12 overall record. The Hawks qualified for the NE10 Tournament for the third-straight season after registering a 13-8 record against league opponents during the regular season.
Le Moyne improves to 17-10 and will travel to Stonehill for the NE10 Semifinals to be played at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 1.
Sophomore Shannon Ryan and freshman Peyton Steinman each scored 13 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the loss. Senior Clairee Putnam notched 10 points and played all 40 minutes for the Hawks as her classmate, Ali Glennon, tallied six points and matched Putnam with two assists.
Saint Anselm opened the game on a 9-4 scoring run, sparked by a three-point basket from Putnam only 23 seconds in. Ryan added four points during that stretch and Glennon added a layup, helping the Hawks to a five-point lead after 4:32 of play.
Le Moyne turned the tide in the next five minutes of play, scoring 16 of the game's next 21 points to stun the Hawks. Saint Anselm would cut the Le Moyne advantage to four points, 20-16, but a quick 10-0 spurt by the hosts would push its lead to 13 points, 30-16, with 6:21 left in the first half.
The Hawks answered with nine-straight points before the break, cutting the Le Moyne lead to 30-25 with 2:10 to go, but the Dolphins controlled the next 10 minutes of play stretching well into the third quarter. Le Moyne poured home 21 points in the fourth quarter, limiting any chance of a Saint Anselm comeback by shooting just under 62% from the floor.
Le Moyne was led by a 27-point performance from McKayla Roberts. The Dolphins committed only three turnovers throughout the entire game and punished the Hawks offense, scoring 21 points off of turnovers. Saint Anselm did enjoy a 35-to-28 edge in overall rebounding, but the Dolphins posted 12 three-point baskets en route to the win.