EASTON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team concluded its regular season on Tuesday with a loss to Stonehill College, falling by a 60-48 score.
Needing a victory to secure a home game in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals, Saint Anselm fell to 18-8 on the year and to 13-8 against NE10 opponents. The Hawks will head on the road this Sunday, Mar. 3, taking on Adelphi in the quarterfinals at a time to be determined.
Stonehill (18-8, 13-7 NE10) swept the season series against the Hawks. The Skyhawks entered the contest ranked sixth in the East Region by the NCAA while the Hawks were one spot behind in seventh.
Sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) led all Hawks scorers with 17 points. Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scored 16 points and added 15 rebounds in the loss with sophomore Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) tallying six points off the bench.
The Hawks jumped out to an 8-4 lead as Ryan had six of those points. A nine-point run by Stonehill followed and put the hosts ahead by a 13-8 score, a lead they would relinquish midway through the second quarter with an 8-0 run by Saint Anselm. At that juncture, the Hawks owned a three-point lead, 22-19, after back-to-back free throws by freshman Eva Mazur (South Portland, Maine).
Stonehill built up a 28-25 lead at the break, limiting Saint Anselm to only one field goal in the final seven minutes of the half. The Skyhawks built up the advantage with 14 of the game's 28 first-half points coming from the bench. Stonehill also had 10 second-chance points to their credit.
The Hawks tied the game at 31 shortly into the third quarter with Ryan making back-to-back jumpers before Steinman's shot brought the game even only 2:22 into the second half. Saint Anselm would go on a 5-0 scoring run, playing stout defense, to build a game-high 36-31 lead with just under five minutes left in the third stanza.
Shortly thereafter, Stonehill brought the Hawks lead down to one point following a jumper by Maty Diabate with 3:36 left in the third. A clutch triple by Steinman came on the next possession, recreating a four-point lead that grew to six points, 41-35, with 2:15 left in the third quarter. The Skyhawks cut the Hawks lead to four points, 41-37, with late free throws by Tayler Wornum.
Stonehill scored the fourth quarter's first 13 points, stunning Saint Anselm by building a 52-41 lead. In that span, Saint Anselm missed 10 straight shots and two free throws before Steinman had a jumper in the paint with 2:22 left. In total, Stonehill dominated the play with a 17-0 scoring run that ultimately was responsible for the Hawks dropping their season-finale.
The Skyhawks were led by 12 points from Grace Carter. Jennifer Worden had a game-high 12 rebounds for Stonehill.