COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball improved to 8-1 on the season with an 82-59 victory over the host Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at the Ross Sports Center.
Saint Anselm (8-1, 5-1 NE10), ranked fifth in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball East Region Media Poll, improves to 8-1 on the year to equal its best start in a season since the 1998-99 campaign. Saint Michael's drops to 2-6 overall on the year and to 1-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scored 20 points to finish the game with 700 career points in her 38-game career on the Hilltop. She added 13 rebounds in the victory and shot 9-for-13 from the floor. Sophomore Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored 17 points while senior Emma Daly (Pearl River, N.Y.) had 12 points, eclipsing 300 career points in a Hawks uniform.
Saint Michael's was within two points of Saint Anselm with 6:24 to go in the first half as an Emily Ferreri triple shrunk the lead to 22-20. In the final 3:41 of the second quarter, however, the Hawks used an 18-5 scoring run that was fueled by seven points from Ryan created an insurmountable double-digit lead for Saint Michael's to overcome.
Ryan needed only 15 minutes to record a double-double, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds before halftime. Through the first 20 minutes of game play, the Hawks held the edge in overall rebounding (25-to-15) and poured home four triples.
Between the third and fourth quarters, a 19-6 scoring stretch by the Hawks grew the lead to 76-48, a game high 28-point margin, as Daly bombed two treys and senior Michaela Martin (Haverhill, Mass.) added seven points in 5:08 to help stoke the advantage.
Saint Anselm controlled the paint (48-to-24 points) and scored 17 of the game's 24 second-chance points. Saint Michael's, who had 10 fast-break points, was led by 16 points from Nicole Anderson.