MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team had three student-athletes record double-doubles in an 84-51 victory over Goldey-Beacom College on Sunday in non-conference action.
The Hawks, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the D2SIDA National Media Poll, build upon its strongest start since the 1996-97 season with a 7-0 overall record. Goldey-Beacom, taking on a schedule that includes four teams from last year's NCAA Division II East Region Championship, falls to 0-8 on the year.
Saint Anselm will head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to take on Washburn and Fort Hays State in the Cruzin' Classic. The Hawks will battle the Ichabods, winners of at least 15 games in each of the last 18 seasons, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
Junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) and senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) each scored 20 points with the former pulling down 13 rebounds and the latter logging 10 caroms. Senior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) posted 16 points with 14 rebounds.
In a Saint Anselm uniform, Ryan now boasts 802 rebounds to her credit, accomplishing that feat in only 68 games on the Hilltop. Freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England) scored eight points and classmate freshman Olivia Robles (Wallingford, Conn.) posted her first collegiate points on a layup in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks led from start to finish, scoring on a Steinman layup on the first offensive possession and never looking back. Saint Anselm first cracked double-digits in scoring with a fast-break jumper in the paint by junior Jenoyce Laniyan (Bedford, N.H.) with 41 seconds left to go in the first quarter.
Saint Anselm reached a 20-point lead with just under a minute to go in the first half as Messler completed a three-point play. The Hawks put the game out of reach in a fourth quarter that saw Saint Anselm pot 22 of the game's final 30 points. The game concluded on a scoring run of 10-1, in favor of the Hawks.
Despite missing all 15 shots taken from beyond the arc, the Hawks were 30-for-52 from inside, scoring 58 points in the paint. Saint Anselm also enjoyed a 57-to-31 advantage in rebounding and made 24-of-33 free throws in the game (72.7%).
Goldey-Beacom, taking on Saint Anselm for the first time in team history, was led by Amanda McGrogan and her 14 points. She came off a game versus Southern New Hampshire on Saturday where she scored her 1,000th career point for the Lightning.