Ryan's 15th double-double propels women's basketball to 67-56 road win

ALBANY, N.Y. – Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team picked up her 15th double-double of the 2018-19 campaign on Wednesday, doing so in a 67-56 victory over the College of Saint Rose at the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium.

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The Hawks, ranked eighth in the latest D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, improves to 15-4 overall on the season and to 10-4 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Saint Rose falls to 11-9 overall and to 4-9 against league foes.

Ryan led the way with 25 points and 16 rebounds. She entered the contest ranked second in all of NCAA Division II in double-doubles and her performance on Wednesday gave her 15 on the season, trailing only Kiana Steinauer from Southern Conn. St. who has 16 in three more games than Ryan has played as of Wednesday morning.

Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) had 16 points and a team-leading five assists and three steals. Senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) was responsible for 10 points and junior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) had 12 rebounds, matching a career-high figure previously accomplished on Jan. 28, 2017 at New Haven.

Saint Anselm carried a two-point lead, 19-17, into the second quarter as the visitors shot 7-for-13 from the floor (53.8%) in the opening 10 minutes. Despite five first quarter turnovers by Saint Anselm, the Hawks won the rebounding battle, 9-to-8, and had 12 of the game's 22 points in the paint. Saint Rose owned a four-point edge, but a five-point scoring run by the Hawks in the stanza carried them into the lead.

Spanning the first and second periods, the Hawks held the Golden Knights to 1-for-12 shooting from the floor while increasing its lead to 27-18 with a strong 8-0 run. That strong offensive stretched forced a Saint Rose time out with 5:56 left in the first half, trailing by a game-high nine points. The Golden Knights closed the half on a 14-to-5 scoring stretch, pouring home three triples, and tied the game at 32 prior to halftime.

The Hawks and Golden Knights battled to another tied score, 38-38, but Saint Anselm pulled away with an 8-0 scoring run to build a 46-38 advantage. Briggs capped the run with a clutch three-point basket and the Hawks never looked back, carrying a lead of 50-45 into the fourth quarter. The largest lead for Saint Anselm was nine points, 50-41, as the Hawks enjoyed a 14-to-10 edge in rebounding in the stanza.

Saint Anselm put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, beginning the period with a 5-0 scoring run and keeping Saint Rose to only two points in the first 3:51 of the fourth. In the final 10 minutes alone, the Hawks closed the affair by earning 17 of the game's final 24 rebounds.

Saint Rose was led by a 17-point performance by Ashley Vanderwall. In total, the Hawks shot just under 40% from the floor while the Golden Knights shot just over 30%, making 21-of-68 field goals (30.9%).

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, Feb. 6, hosting Franklin Pierce at 5:30 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.