AMHERST, N.Y. – Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) matched a career-high with 31 points on Thursday, helping the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 64-56 victory over Daemen College.
Ranked seventh in the most recent D2SIDA Women's Basketball East Region Media Poll, Saint Anselm improves to 9-2 on the year in its first game action since Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. It is the best start to a season for the Hawks since the 1998-99 campaign where the team also won nine of its first 11 games. Daemen falls to 4-7 on the season.
With a 15-for-17 performance from the floor, Ryan tied her previous personal best of 31 points, originally accomplished against Mercy (N.Y.) on Nov. 25, 2018. Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) made all 12 of her foul shots, becoming the first student-athlete since Sara Petrowicz '03 was 12-for-12 against Mass.-Lowell on Jan. 9, 2001.
Trailing by only two points six seconds into the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 7-0 scoring run that was punctuated by a Ryan layup and the first two of Steinman's free throw conversions. Daemen would recapture the lead with 1:35 left in the first half before Steinman made four-straight charity stripe shots heading into the break, creating a 26-23 advantage for Saint Anselm.
The scoring stretch continued for the Hawks, who answered a quarter-opening triple by Daemen with four-straight layups in the paint, three by Ryan and one by junior Julia Thissell (Hopkinton, Mass.). The Hawks lead continued to grow, eventually reaching 13 points with a three-point basket by Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) with 3:37 to go.
Saint Anselm finished the game with a 50% shooting mark from the floor (22-for-44) and a 72% mark from the free throw line (18-for-25). Daemen shot under 35% from the field (21-for-61), missing 24 of its 29 attempts from beyond the arc. The Hawks dominated the paint, scoring 38 of its 64 points underneath the basket.
Tiara Filbert led Daemen with 21 points.
The Hawks take on Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y.