MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) handed out a career-high 10 assists on Wednesday, piloting the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 72-46 win over visiting Pace University.
Saint Anselm improves to 14-3 on the season, having won nine of its first 12 games against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. It is the best start for the Hawks since the 1994-95 season where Head Coach Donna Guimont and her squad won 20 of their first 22 contests. Pace falls to 8-11 overall and to 5-6 against league foes.
Steinman scored 21 points (with a career-high five three-point baskets) alongside her 10 assists, leading student-athletes from both teams in each statistic. Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) had 17 rebounds and 14 points, throwing up three blocks, with classmate Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) striking for 14 points alongside five rebounds. Senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) tallied five assists for the Hawks.
Despite committing 10 turnovers in the opening period, the Hawks were able to build a 14-9 lead by making seven of their first 10 shots from the floor while winning the rebounding battle, 10-to-4. Down by a 7-4 margin, the Hawks carried their strong offensive performance into the second half, spanning both periods with a 15-2 scoring run to create a 10-point lead, 19-9, with nine minutes left in the first half.
Ahead by six points midway through the second quarter, the Hawks used another strong scoring run, this time putting home 10-straight points to create a 31-15 advantage down the stretch. Saint Anselm finished the half with a 12-point advantage, leading by a 35-23 score at the break. The Hawks shot 56% from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, hauling in 21 of the game's 32 rebounds.
Pace cut the Hawks lead to nine points, 45-36, with 4:57 left in the third period, but the Hawks put the game completely out of reach with an overwhelming 27-to-10 scoring run. In total, Saint Anselm yielded only four made baskets in the game's final 14:57 of play, shooting 4-for-21, with the Hawks seeing eight points from Steinman and six points from sophomore Kaitlyn Petrocelli (Merrimack, N.H.) off the bench.
The hosts finished with a field goal percentage north of 50%, making 29-of-55 shots, and controlled the paint (40-to-26 points) and had 13 second-chance points. Saint Anselm was whistled for a season-low eight fouls in the game.