When and Where: February 23, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Saint Anselm College 65, Southern New Hampshire University 48
Records: Saint Anselm 18-8 (14-7 Northeast-10), SNHU 14-13 (8-13 Northeast-10)
Junior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Mass.) scored a team-high 12 points off the bench, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team was handed a 65-48 defeat by Saint Anselm College on Tuesday evening in a Senior Night season finale at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Ryan was 4-for-7 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from long distance, and 1-for-2 from the stripe, while grabbing five rebounds.
Candace Andrews led the Hawks with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 12-4 lead over the opening 5:39 of the contest as Andrews, Raquel Johnson and Ali Glennon each contributed four points. The Hawks would lead it, 16-6, after one period of play.
With the margin at nine more than four minutes into the second stanza, a 9-3 rush – capped by a Caitlyn Abela trey with 12 seconds left – closed the half and gave Saint Anselm a 32-17 advantage.
Just over three minutes into the third quarter, the visitors ripped off eight straight points – highlighted by another Abela triple – to expand its lead to 46-23 with 4:01 on the clock. Ryan would end the quarter with four straight points to trim the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 51-30.
With the gap at an even 20 over two minutes into the final frame, an 8-2 spurt – with four points each from Andrews and Samnell Vonleh – gave Saint Anselm its largest lead of the night at 63-37 midway through the quarter. The Penmen would score the last seven points of the contest, including the final five from freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.).
Lorenzen finished with nine points (1-6 FG, 7-10 FT) and four rebounds, while senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) posted eight points (4-9 FG) and four boards. Freshman Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) tallied six points (2-8 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists, with sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) chipping in five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and seven boards.
-Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 44.4 percent (28-63) to 27.6 percent (16-58), including a narrow 30.8 percent (4-13) to 30 percent (3-10) from beyond the arc.
-SNHU was plus-eight at the line, shooting 72.2 percent (13-18) to Saint Anselm's 45.5 percent (5-11).
-The Hawks won the glass (41-39), owned the paint (44-16) and used a better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/8 – 7/13) to record a 20-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
-Doherty, who played in her final career contest, was honored in a ceremony prior to the game.
-The 14 wins are the most for the program since it captured 19 victories during the 2011-12 season.
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