#14 Adelphi pulls away late to beat Women's Basketball, 55-47

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team suffered a 55-47 setback to #14 Adelphi University on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action in Garden City, N.Y.

Box Score

The Hawks (12-7, 7-6 NE10) had their four game winning-streak snapped, while the Panthers improve to 18-2 overall and 13-0 in conference games. Saint Anselm is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host New Haven at 1:30 p.m.

Candace Andrews led the Hawks with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kaila Duarte added eight points and 12 rebounds, while Caitlyn Abela also had eight points to go with 11 rebounds.

Adelphi was led by a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds from Sierra Clark, with Sierra Schrader adding 11 points and seven rebounds.

Candace Andrews tied the game early in the first quarter with a steal and score before Caitlyn Abela went on a personal 5-0 run to give the Hawks a 9-4 lead with 6:01 to play. After a basket by the Panthers, Andrews hit a step back jumper to put the Hawks on top 11-6 before Adelphi answered with a 6-0 run to grab a 12-11 lead.

Emma Daly ended the run with a triple to give Saint Anselm the lead back at 14-12 and Ali Glennon would score the final basket of the period as her three at the top of the key with 53 seconds to play staked the visitors to a 17-12 lead after one period.

After Adelphi opened the second quarter with a triple from Julia Gnieser, Andrews scored on back-to-back baskets before she found Glennon for a fast break layup that pushed the Hawks lead to 21-15 and 8:00 remaining. Adelphi answered with scores from Natalie Fekula and Simone Hobdy, but an offensive rebound from Abela led to a three from the top of the key from Clairee Putnam that gave the Hawks a 26-19 advantage.

Sierra Clark and Andrews traded baskets as the Hawks took a 28-21 lead with 4:07 to play, but both offenses went silent over the next four minutes, as the Panthers provided the only offense with a pair of Hobdy free throws and a Calli Balfour steal and score. Despite the dip in offensive output, the Hawks took a 28-25 lead into the half against the Panthers.

The two teams traded baskets to open the third quarter and a slashing layup from Clairee Putnam gave the Hawks a 32-27 lead with 7:15 to play in the period. Adelphi turned up the defense and they used a quick 7-0 spurt capped by a Calli Balfour layup to take a 34-32 lead and force a Saint Anselm timeout with 4:01 remaining.

Andrews tied the game with a tough runner in the lane and Glennon put the Hawks back in front 36-34 with a baseline layup and just over two minutes to play. After Andrews answered a Clark jumper to put Saint Anselm ahead 38-36, the Panthers ended the half on a 6-0 run including a Clark jumper as time expired, to give the home team a 42-38 lead headed into the fourth period.

Kaila Duarte followed up her own miss and laid it in to trim the deficit to 42-40, but the Panthers responded with a 12-0 run to take a 54-40 lead with 3:15 to play. Putnam found Duarte inside for a runner from 10 feet out to end the run and make it a 54-42 game, and Abela canned a triple with 48.8 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 54-45.

On the ensuing inbound, Andrews stole the pass and knocked down a jumper to make it a 54-47 game and 44.2 seconds to play. The Hawks went for the steal on the next Panther possession, but came up empty, and Adelphi was able to run out the clock and hang on for the 55-47 win.

Saint Anselm shot 33.9% (21-of-62) from the floor and 33.3% (5-of-15) of their threes on the night while going 0-for-4 at the charity stripe. Adelphi connected on 37.7% (23-of-61) of their shots, 16.7% (2-of-12) from beyond on the arc and 70% (7-of-10) from the free throw line. The Panthers won the rebounding battle 43-38, while turnovers were even at 13 apiece.

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