MANCHESTER, N.H. – 10 different players recorded at least one point as the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team opened 2017 with a 76-60 win over Pace University on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks improve to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the NE10 with the win and travel to Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon for a league matchup with the Golden Knights. Pace drops to 8-7 and 2-5 in league games.
Kaila Duarte posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Candace Andrews threatened a triple-double with nine points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Hawks. Ali Glennon added 12 points and six rebounds, with Clairee Putnam joining her in double figures with 11 points. Caitlyn Abela chipped in nine points, with Emma Daly notching eight points and Sara Messler recording six points and five rebounds.
Pace was led by 17 points and five rebounds from Alexandra Monteleone, while Kirsten Dodge, Jackie Dellisanti and Aurellia Cammock scoring nine points apiece.
After Jackie Dellisanti scored the opening four points of the game for the Setters, Saint Anselm answered with a 17-1 run that put the Hawks in front 17-5 with 1:33 to play in the first quarter. Emma Daly netted a pair of threes and capped the run with a layup, while Sara Messler scored four points of her own. Pace responded by rattling off a 7-2 run to make it a 19-12 game at the end of one.
A Kaila Duarte layup extended the lead to 25-14 with 7:21 to play in the second period before Duarte found a slashing Clairee Putnam for a layup that made it a 30-18 game a few minutes later. The two teams traded baskets over the next few possessions before Erin Waters and Alexandra Monteleone traded 1-for-2 trips at the charity stripe to give the Hawks a 36-22 advantage headed into the break.
Saint Anselm continued to try and pull away, but the Setters hung around, answering each basket by the Hawks. An Erin Waters jumper put the Hawks in front 47-32 with 4:20 to play in the third quarter, and a Kirsten Dodge layup on the next Pace possession trimmed the lead back to 12 at 47-35. Monteleone canned a triple at the 1:27 mark to pull Pace to within 53-42, but Andrews would score the final points of the period as she converted a three-point play to give the Hawks a 56-42 lead headed into the final period.
The Hawks were able to finally stretch their lead by using a 15-3 run to open the fourth quarter and take a commanding 71-45 advantage with 6:04 to play. Kaila Duarte scored six points during the run, with Putnam, Abela, Michaela Martin and Ali Glennon all adding scores over that stretch. Pace would outscore Saint Anselm 15-5 the rest of the way, but the damage was done as the Hawks held on for the 76-60 victory.
Saint Anselm shot 45.8% (27-of-59) from the floor, 47.1% (8-of-17) from three and 70% (14-of-20) from the charity stripe in the win. Pace shot 36.2% (25-of-69) from the field, 17.6% (3-of-17) from beyond the arc and 46.7% (7-of-15) from the free throw line. Pace won the rebounding battle, 43-41, but the Hawks committed two less turnovers (13-11) in the game.
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