MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team picked up a 96-41 non-conference victory over the Mavericks from Mercy College on Sunday in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, ranked sixth in the East Region by the Division II Sports Information Director's Association, improves to 5-1 on the season while Mercy falls to 2-3 on the year. The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, taking on cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University at 5:30 p.m. in the SNHU Fieldhouse.
The Hawks limited Mercy to only 24.1% shooting from the floor in the convincing victory, pouring home 39 field goals in the win. Saint Anselm also held statistical advantages in overall rebounding (54-to-28), offensive rebounding (16-to-6), assists (26-to-6), steals (13-to-5) and blocks (5-to-4). 60 of the Hawks' 96 points were scored in the paint.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scored a career-high 31 points, reaching 10 points and five rebounds only 2:20 into the contest. Sophomore Jen Peel (Mansfield, Mass.) reached career-high marks in points scored (11) and rebounds (6) while tying her personal best with four assists. In total, all members of the Hawks roster recorded at least one point or one assist in the team victory.
Junior Elizabeth Abbott (Mashpee, Mass.) poured home a career-high six points and senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) handed out four assists, a personal record. Freshman Stephanie Jankovic (Averill Park, N.Y.) had a career-best three assists and sophomore Jenoyce Laniyan (Bedford, N.H.) had a career-high six rebounds.
Ryan, who finished the game just one field goal shy of equaling the all-time team record of 16, began the game with five-straight layups under the basket to create a 10-0 advantage for the hosts. A trey from senior Emma Daly (Pearl River, N.Y.) with 37 seconds left in the first quarter created an 18-point lead that would grow to a game-high 55 points at the game's conclusion.
Between the second and third quarters, the Hawks had rattled off 19-straight points at one point and, during that stretch, Ryan had 10 of those points, including a fast-break layup. Abbott helped the team reach a lead of 50 points with back-to-back triples near the midpoint of the fourth quarter before the Hawks closed the game with nine of the tilt's final 11 points.