DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team cruised to a 95-56 victory over the Mavericks from Mercy (N.Y.) College on Thursday.
Saint Anselm, ranked fourth in NCAA Division II by the Division II Sports Information Directors Association National Media Poll, improves to 8-2 on the year. Mercy falls to 6-7 on the year and remains in search of its first-ever win against the Hawks across six contests.
Senior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) recorded her NCAA Division II-leading 10th double-double of the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 22 points alongside 13 rebounds and four blocks. Ryan came into the afternoon ranked first in the country with 14.9 rebounds per tilt and second in the nation with 25.7 points per game.
Junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) tallied 22 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Ryan, the league-leader in points per game, came into the game ranked second in the NE10 with 19.2 points per game.
Junior Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) and freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England) also reached double-digit point totals with 15 and 11, respectively. Guachione also logged six rebounds with five assists while Spinks had 11 points off a 5-for-7 performance from the floor.
Senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) played in her 100th career game for the Hawks, scoring eight points in 14 minutes of action. Freshman McKenzy Ouellette (West Newfield, Maine) scored a career-high eight points, posting two three-point baskets.
Through the game's first 11:14, neither team held more than a four-point lead. It was Saint Anselm that grabbed momentum midway through the second quarter, ultimately using a 32-5 scoring run that spanned both the second and third stanzas to capture a 28-point lead shortly into the second half.
At one point, Saint Anselm had scored 19 consecutive points thanks to a dominant 8-for-12 performance from the field and a combined 15 points from Spinks and Ryan. In that span, Mercy missed all six field goal attempts and committed four miscues.
A Spinks layup with 12:07 to go in regulation time created a 30-point lead, 67-37, and the Hawks would not trail by any less as time expired.
Amber Brown led the Mavericks with 15 points and eight rebounds across 33 minutes of play. The Hawks controlled the glass, hauling in 49 of the game's 94 rebounds, and tallied 50 points in the paint.
Saint Anselm heads to Bentley this Saturday, Jan. 4 for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with the Falcons. The game will be a rematch of last season's NCAA Division II East Region Quarterfinals showdown that the Hawks won, 59-40.