MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was paced by a career-high 20 rebounds from junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) on Friday in her team's 88-51 victory over Dominican (N.Y.) College.
The Hawks improve to 1-0 on the young season while Dominican falls to 0-1. Saint Anselm returns to action Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. against Bloomfield in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Ryan's 20-rebound performance was only the 10th time in program history a student-athlete reached that milestone and the first since Megan Howard '12 reeled in 24 caroms against the New York Institute of Technology on Nov. 12, 2011. She also added 14 points across only three quarters of action for Saint Anselm.
Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) led the Hawks with 18 points, falling just one tally short of matching a career-high mark, with junior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) picking up 14 points. Senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) scored a career-high nine points for the Hawks, reeling in four rebounds.
Saint Anselm sprinted out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 1:50 as Ryan accounted for six of those points. Ryan grew the lead to 16-3 only minutes later with a layup in the paint and the Hawks run to open the game extended to 23-6 through the first quarter of action.
Ahead by only 11 after a brief Dominican rally, the Hawks had a 9-0 run that was helped by seven-straight points by Steinman that spanned the second and third quarters. Through the opening 20 minutes of action, the Hawks limited the Chargers to under 28% shooting from the floor while winning the rebounding battle, 26-13.
The Hawks continued to extend the lead with a 15-5 run in the third quarter, keyed by eight points from Ryan. Daly spanned the third and fourth quarters with 11-straight points including three treys, building a 37-point lead for Saint Anselm. One of the best scoring runs for the Hawks came between the third and fourth quarters – the Hawks posted 20 of the game's 24 points during that stretch.
Saint Anselm finished the game shooting just over 50% from the floor (34-for-67, 50.7%) and made nine three-point baskets in the match. The Hawks held the edge in rebounding, 52-to-34, and handed out 25 assists opposing only three for the Chargers in the game.
Korina Guerra led Dominican with 16 of her team's 51 points.