EASTON, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team turned in a 76-63 victory over the host Skyhawks from Stonehill College at Merkert Gymnasium.
In a rematch of the 2019 NCAA Division II East Region Championship semifinals, the Hawks improved to 6-0 on the year and to 4-0 against Northeast-10 Conference foes. Stonehill, who found itself nationally-ranked in late November, falls to 6-3 overall and to 3-2 versus the league.
Saint Anselm is ranked eighth in the country by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and seventh according to the D2SIDA National Media Poll.
Senior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds for her 44th career double-double. Freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England), a two-time NE10 Rookie of the Week award winner, scored 21 points after a 9-for-13 performance from the floor. Junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) also reached double-digit scoring with 14 points to her credit.
Stonehill found itself ahead by a game-high seven points with 45 seconds left in the first quarter, using a Grace Carter fast-break triple to create the early advantage. The Hawks battled back to open the second stanza, scoring 24 of the game's next 33 points to forge a 39-29 lead with 1:23 to go in the opening half.
Carrying a lead of 39-33 into the locker room, Saint Anselm pressed on, opening up a game-high lead of 12 points following a Ryan jumper in the paint with 9:49 left in regulation time. The Hawks lead swelled to 17 points following a 10-0 scoring run, sparked by a long-range triple from senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) who was attempting to beat the shot clock.
The Hawks finished the game with a 51.7% shooting percentage, pouring home eight of 10 shots from beyond the arc, and committing only 13 turnovers. Stonehill shot less than 35% for the game, making only seven of their 28 attempted three-point baskets, but did own the glass, hauling in 41 rebounds while limiting the Hawks to only 36 caroms.
Messler finished with 601 career points and Ryan exited play with 788 career rebounds, tying with Sara Petrowicz '03 for seventh place in Hawks history.
Saint Anselm returns to action Sunday, Dec. 15, taking on non-conference Goldey-Beacom at 2 p.m. in Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.