MANCHESTER, N.H. – The regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was downed by the visiting Chargers from the University of New Haven by a 63-59 margin on Wednesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, ranked sixth in the East Region according to the D2SIDA Women's Basketball East Region Media Poll, drops to 10-3 overall and to 5-3 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. New Haven has won six of its last seven games, improving to 11-4 overall and to 4-3 against league foes.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) posted 15 points and seven rebounds in only 22 minutes of work. Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) was responsible for 12 points and senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) picked up nine rebounds, leading the Hawks.
New Haven scored all 14 of its first-quarter points in the paint, stymying the Hawks offensive effort by forcing six turnovers in the first 10 minutes alone. Senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) poured home two treys, leading the way with six points, but New Haven capitalized by driving to the basket en route to an 8-1 lead only 4:14 into play.
Senior Michaela Martin (Haverhill, Mass.) made a layup only 18 seconds into the second quarter, but the Chargers took control of the game by holding the Hawks to only eight points leading up to halftime. New Haven, on the other hand, continued to own the paint and finished the first half having scored 26 of their 28 first-half points in the paint.
Down by only seven at halftime, 28-21, the Hawks matched New haven point-for-point in the third quarter as each team poured home seven points. Saint Anselm trailed by only four points, 42-38, with time ticking off, but New Haven's Alexandria Kerr lofted a desperation three-point attempt that found the bottom of the basket to take the wind out of the Hawks' sails.
The Chargers continued to click, riding the momentum to build its first double-digit lead of the contest, 50-40, with only 8:09 left in regulation time. Steinman had a three-point basket only seconds later and Ryan followed that up with a three-point play with 6:58 to go, reducing New Haven's lead to 50-46.
New Haven sprinted out to a 10-5 scoring run over the game's next 6:10. During that timeframe, the Hawks committed four miscues and were unable to keep pace with time running out. Sophomore Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Steinman made triples in the final 19 seconds of regulation time, but the Chargers made clutch foul shots in the waning seconds to hold on to victory.
Both squads committed 16 turnovers in the game, but the points in the paint (50-to-18) proved to be the difference-maker in the narrow loss for Saint Anselm. New Haven was led by 18 points from Micah Wormack.
The Hawks hit the road this Saturday, Jan. 12, traveling to Adelphi for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with the Panthers.