NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team posted its first road loss of the 2018-19 season on Saturday, falling to the Warriors from Merrimack College by a 74-55 score at the Volpe Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm drops to 16-5 overall on the season and to 11-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The defeat was the Hawks first on the road in 10 games this year. Merrimack, who fell to Saint Anselm by a 60-50 margin earlier in the year, improves to 16-7 overall and to 9-7 in the league.
Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) led Saint Anselm with 14 points and eight rebounds, followed by sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) and her 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Jenoyce Laniyan (Bedford, N.H.) and junior Julia Thissell (Hopkinton, Mass.) each had seven rebounds off the bench in 10 minutes of action.
Senior Ashley Briggs (Scarborough, Maine) matched a career-high mark with five rebounds.
Merrimack put the game out of reach early, using a 28-7 scoring run that spanned over 10 minutes near the midpoint of the first half. The hosts led by 20 points with 8:07 to go in the second quarter as a Lindsay Werner jumper put Merrimack ahead by a 33-13 score. The lead for the Warriors would grow to 26 points with 2:26 left in regulation time following a fast-break layup by Alyssa Torres.
Merrimack scored 16 points off of 12 turnovers by the Hawks. Saint Anselm was whistled for 20 of the game's 32 fouls. The Warriors also knocked down nine three-point baskets while the Hawks missed 14 of their shots from beyond the arc, making only three treys. The Hawks did, however, win the rebounding battle by a 50-to-42 margin.
The Warriors were led by Werner's 21 points. Denia Davis-Stewart had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Saint Anselm hosts Assumption on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.