MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team picked up a 74-63 victory over the Penmen from Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday at the Stan Spirou Field House.
Saint Anselm, ranked seventh in the East Region according to the D2SIDA Regional Media Poll, improves to 6-1 overall on the season, winning its third Northeast-10 Conference contest in four attempts. The Hawks have won nine out of the last 10 games against its cross-town rival.
Southern New Hampshire (6-1, 2-1 NE10), the fifth-ranked team in the East, picks up its first loss of the 2018-19 campaign.
Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) reached a career-high figure with 18 rebounds, notching 17 points in the winning effort. Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) notched 25 points in the win, hauling in 17 rebounds and adding a team-best five steals for the Hawks. Ryan eclipsed the 400-career rebound plateau with her performance against the Penmen.
Sophomore Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) also reached double-digit scoring for Saint Anselm, adding 19 points.
The Hawks opened the game on a 13-2 run, keyed by six points from Ryan. During that span, the Hawks defense only yielded one made basket on nine attempts. Ryan also had five of her team's seven rebounds en route to a game-high 13 point lead with 3:15 to go in the first quarter.
Southern New Hampshire cut the Hawks lead to two with 4:09 to go, but Saint Anselm established a somewhat comfortable five-point lead, 34-29, at halftime. Ryan had a double-double at the break, scoring 12 points alongside 10 rebounds, while Steinman was responsible for a team-high 13 points.
The Penmen went on an 8-3 run to open the third quarter, tying the game at 37 on a wide-open layup under the basket by Danielle Sirois, who completed the three-point play with a free throw to create a 38-37 lead shortly into the second half.
Southern New Hampshire took two separate one-point leads in the third quarter, but Saint Anselm put the game out of reach with six-straight points by Guachione shortly into the fourth quarter. This spurt created an eight-point cushion with exactly six minutes to go in the contest.
The Penmen cut the lead to six points, trailing 63-57 after a Brianna Camara free throw, but Guachione poured home a clutch triple on the Hawks next possession to put the game out of reach. Ryan added a layup with 85 seconds left in regulation time to boost the visitors to a nine-point advantage – the Hawks won the game by an 11-point margin with free throws in the final minute.