MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team returned to Northeast-10 Conference play with a 68-51 victory over Assumption College on Wednesday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, ranked 22nd in NCAA Division II by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, improves to 9-3 overall and to 5-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption sees a season-high five game winning streak come to an end, falling to 9-5 (3-3 NE10) on the year.
Senior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) posted her 11th double-double of the season, reaching a new career-high mark with 23 rebounds. She also added 24 points across 34 foul-free minutes, making nine shots from the floor and burying each of her six attempts at the foul line. She also eclipsed 2,000 career minutes played between Boston College (2016-17) and Saint Anselm (2017-20).
With 879 career rebounds, Ryan passes Jen Carson '04 for fourth place in team history. Carson picked up 872 caroms from 2000-04.
Junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored 20 points in 25 minutes. Senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) scored 10 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds to her credit. Freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England) was responsible for six assists, matching junior Grace Guachione (Pittsfield, Mass.) for the team lead.
The Hawks opened up a 10-2 lead in the game's first 3:15 and didn't look back as the Greyhounds could come no closer than one point, 22-21, the rest of the way. Saint Anselm closed the first half with a 14-7 scoring run that put them up by eight points heading into the locker room.
Assumption trailed by only six points, 44-38, before the Hawks closed the game with 24 of the game's final 37 points. Between the third and fourth quarters, Steinman was responsible for eight consecutive points in only 2:22 of game play.
Saint Anselm enjoyed a decisive edge in rebounding, 51-to-39, and threw up eight blocks. The Hawks controlled the paint, scoring 46 of the team's 68 points underneath the basket.
Assumption was led by 20 points from Brianna Capacchione.