Ryan, Steinman earn NE10 All-Conference recognition

Ryan, Steinman earn NE10 All-Conference recognition

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) and sophomore Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team earned All-Conference honors from the Northeast-10 Conference on Monday.

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Ryan was selected to the First Team for the second straight season while Steinman secured Third Team merits, her first All-Conference selection. The duo has helped the Hawks to a 19-8 record so far in 2018-19 that includes an NE10 Quarterfinals victory over Adelphi on Sunday.

With 21 double-doubles in 27 games this season, Ryan is averaging a career-high 19.2 points per game while also hauling in 12.5 rebounds per contest. She ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division II in both rebounds per game (12.5) and overall rebounding (338) while notching 2.37 blocked shots per game, the second-best mark in the NE10 and 14th in the country.

Across her last 17 games, Ryan has scored at least 14 points, including a 29-point, 21-rebound performance in the NE10 Quarterfinals against Adelphi. She has posted at least 10 rebounds in all but six games on the year and recently scored her 1,000th career point, doing so on Feb. 23 against Saint Michael's in only her second season at Saint Anselm.

In 56 career games at Saint Anselm, Ryan's 18.8 career points per game is the second-best figure in program history and her 11.7 rebounds per contest stands as the top mark among student-athletes with at least 50 career games played. Only nine student-athletes, including Ryan, have posted at least 1,000 career points and 600 rebounds in a Saint Anselm uniform dating back to the team's inception in 1976.

Steinman has recorded 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore, ranking 15th in the NE10 in the former statistic. Her 87.6% free throw percentage is also nationally prominent, ranking 15th in NCAA Division II, while her 85 assists and 3.1 assists per game stand as the 13th-best figures in the conference.

She has posted at least eight points in each of her last 13 games and has hauled in at least four rebounds in each of her previous eight tilts. She has started all 27 games on the season, setting single-season highs with a 40.8% field goal percentage, 41.3% three-point field goal percentage and her aforementioned 87.6% free throw percentage.

Through a 56-game career on the Hilltop, Steinman averages 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She has registered an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.67 as a sophomore, ranking eighth in the NE10, and her career ratio of 1.714 leads all current Hawks student-athletes with a minimum of 50 career assists.

Saint Anselm will battle nationally-ranked Bentley in the NE10 Semifinals on Thursday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m.