CORRECTION: Saint Anselm heads to Saint Rose on Wednesday, Jan. 30 for a 5:30 p.m. contest before returning home to take on Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team recorded a 70-53 loss on Saturday, falling to the Dolphins from Le Moyne College in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks, ranked eighth in the East Region according to the D2SIDA Media Poll, drop to 14-4 overall on the year and to 9-4 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Le Moyne, the fourth-ranked program in the East Region, has won 12-straight games, improving to 16-2 overall and to 10-2 against league foes.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) led the Hawks with 28 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, making 12-of-29 field goals from the floor. She has recorded a double-digit point scoring total in each of her last nine games played and has picked up at least 12 rebounds in five-straight contests. She has 14 double-doubles on the year and entered play ranked second in NCAA Division II in that statistic.
Ryan exited the game with exactly 100 career blocks, becoming only the fourth student-athlete in team history to reach that milestone. She trails Andrea Sunday '95, Liz Cranmer '91 and Jen Carson '04 – Sunday owns the program record of 340 blocks across a four-year career while Cranmer and Carson have posted 200 and 182 rejections, respectively.
Junior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) had nine points and four rebounds, setting a personal-high mark with 187 points this season, and sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and two steals. As a team, the Hawks shot under 30% from the floor, the lowest in a game since a 60-51 loss to nationally-ranked Bentley on Dec. 8.
The Hawks built up a modest six-point lead only six minutes into the first quarter as Steinman capped the scoring stretch with a fast-break layup that created a 10-4 lead. Saint Anselm closed the opening quarter with a five point advantage, 14-9, and limited the Dolphins to only four made field goals on 17 shots.
Le Moyne countered its first quarter shooting woes by outscoring the Hawks by a 22-11 margin in the second stanza. The Dolphins capitalized on four Hawks turnovers and scored eight second-chacne points, including three on the fast-break. McKayla Roberts, who recently reached 1,000 career points in a Le Moyne uniform, struck for 10 points and three assists in only eight minutes of action.
The Hawks offense had only four made baskets in the third quarter and the Le Moyne offense began to take over, shooting north of 61% from the floor (8-for-13). The Dolphins came out of the locker room with 20 of the third quarter's first 28 points, taking complete control the game and elevating its then game-high lead to 18 points with 12:04 left in regulation time.
Both teams scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, but the offensive woes for Saint Anselm in the second and third quarters created an insurmountable hole. Roberts added 13 additional points in the fourth quarter to finish with a team-leading mark of 33 – she made all 12 of her free throw attempts in the win.