Big second half powers Women’s Basketball to win over Firebirds

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 67-44 win over the University of the District of Columbia on Sunday afternoon at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Manchester, N.H.

Box Score

The Hawks outscored the Firebirds 41-21 in the second half to pull away for the victory. Saint Anselm knocked down 12 more three pointers on the day, and have 29 triples through only two games played this year.

Caitlyn Abela scored a game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Hawks. Emma Daly came off the bench to knock down five triples of her own en route to 17 points. Candace Andrews joined them in double-figures with 10 points to go with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

Kaila Duarte hauled in a team-best 10 rebounds and had a pair of steals, while Ali Glennon chipped in six points and Clairee Putnam added eight points and five assists.

The Hawks were able to jump out to an 8-2 lead in the early going as Candace Andrews picked up a steal and laid it in with 6:30 to play in the first quarter. Clairee Putnam canned a triple to extend the lead to 11-4, but the Firebirds ended the period on an 8-2 run to pull within 13-12 after the opening quarter.

UDC (0-2) carried the momentum into the second stanza as back-to-back layups by Shantrel Oliver and Bianca White gave the Firebirds a 16-13 lead. Abela answered for the Hawks with a triple, and Ali Glennon scored on the next possession to put Saint Anselm back on top, 18-16. Kaiya Coleman tied the game at 18-all with a layup before Abela knocked down another three to put the Hawks in front 21-18.

With the score tied at 23-23, the Hawks held the ball for the final possession of the quarter. After a miss, Emma Daly was able to steal the ball back with less than 10 seconds to play, and found Andrews at the top of the key. Andrews hit Abela on the left wing and the senior buried a three before the clock expired to give Saint Anselm a 26-23 lead headed into the break.

The Hawks opened the second half with a 15-0 run to take a commanding 41-23 lead capped by a Putnam three from the corner with 4:34 to play in the third quarter, while Andrews and Abela combined for nine points during the run. Saint Anselm ended up outscoring UDC 20-9 during the third period to take a 46-32 lead into the final quarter.

Emma Daly heated up in the final quarter, knocking down three-straight triples to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 55-32. After a pair of Abela free throws, Daly knocked down two more to keep Saint Anselm in front 63-40. The Firebirds would only get as close as 63-44 as the Hawks cruised to the 67-44 victory.

The Hawks held UDC to only 29.4% (15-of-51) shooting while knocking down 23-of-55 (41.8%) of their shots in the game. The Firebirds held a slight 38-36 edge in rebounds, but the Hawks committed only 11 turnovers to 18 for the visitors, leading to 21 points off turnovers.

Saint Anselm opens Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday night when they travel to cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University for a 5:30 p.m. matchup. The game will be broadcast on NESNplus, please check your TV listings for more details.

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