PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was downed at Pace University by a 73-60 score at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
Saint Anselm, the 22nd-ranked program in NCAA Division II according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, falls to 9-4 overall and to 5-2 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Pace moves to 12-4 overall and matches the Hawks with a 5-2 record versus the league.
Four student-athletes reached double-digit figures, led by 13 points and four assists from freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England). Seniors Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) and Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) each had 12 points with the former posting eight rebounds and the latter logging seven.
Saint Anselm opened up an 8-3 lead, thanks to five points from junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) in the game's first 5:13. Pace took the lead for good between the first and second quarters, scoring 15 of the tilt's next 19 points to build an 18-12 advantage with 8:33 to go in the first half.
Back-to-back baskets by Ryan and Steinman cut the Pace lead to two, 18-16, but the Setters built a double-digit lead shortly into the second half to conclude a 19-8 scoring stretch. A strong start to the third quarter propelled Pace to a game-high lead of 19 points, ultimately held with 5:45 to go in regulation time.
Saint Anselm outscored the Setters by a 24-21 margin in the fourth quarter, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome. On the day, the Hawks committed 18 turnovers and were whistled for 21 fouls while Pace turned the ball over only eight times in the game.
Jackie DelliSanti led the way with 18 points for Pace. Lauren Schetter had 10 points with as many rebounds to her credit.
Playing four out of five games on the road, the Hawks travel to American International on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.