NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Ali Glennon scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team to a 57-43 win at Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action.
The Hawks have now won three-straight to improve to 15-7 overall and 10-6 in the NE10, while Merrimack drops to 10-11 and 8-8 in league games. Saint Anselm has another monster NE10 matchup on Tuesday night when they host Assumption College at 5:30 p.m.
Candace Andrews led the Hawks with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals and a pair of blocks, while Kaila Duarte posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Caitlyn Abela joined them in double-figures with 13 points to go with eight rebounds. Abela is now only two points shy of 1,000 career collegiate points.
Merrimack was paced by 16 points from My'Asia Alston, with Lindsay Werner adding 11 points off the bench.
After a slow start to the game, Caitlyn Abela and Clairee Putnam knocked down back-to-back triples to take an early 6-0 lead with 7:35 to play in the first quarter. After Candace Andrews made it an 8-3 run with a fast break layup, Merrimack trimmed the lead to 8-6 on a three-pointer by Lindsay Werner. The Warriors would end the first period on a 7-3 run to take a 13-11 lead into the second quarter with all four of the Merrimack field goals coming from beyond the arc.
The Warriors kept up the momentum to start the second as a three from My'Asia Alston and a layup from Lexi Martin forced a Saint Anselm timeout with 8:41 to play and Merrimack on top 18-11. Andrews ended the run with a jumper to beat the shot clock, but Merrimack answered on the next possession with a jumper from Alston to keep it a 20-13 game.
Saint Anselm started its comeback with a free throw from Duarte and a jumper from Andrews to cut the deficit to 20-16 with 6:20 to play. Andrews hit a cutting Duarte for a layup to make it a 20-18 game, and a pair of Ali Glennon free throws at the 2:17 mark followed by a tough layup from Andrews put the Hawks back in front at 23-22. Glennon would add one more freebie before the half to give Saint Anselm a 24-22 lead headed into the break.
Merrimack scored the first four points of the period to take a 26-24 lead before Andrews answered with a 6-1 run to grab the lead back at 30-27 with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter. Merrimack pulled ahead at the free throw line with four-straight makes to jump ahead 31-30 and Alston gave the home team a short-lived 33-30 lead before a three-point play from Duarte knotted the game at 33-33 with 3:45 to play.
The Hawks would end the quarter on an 8-3 run to take a 41-36 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Ali Glennon scored five of the first seven points of the period to give the Hawks a 46-38 lead with 5:09 to play in the period. Glennon made it eight points in the quarter with a three from the top of the key that staked the visitors to a 49-39 advantage nearly two minutes later, and Abela buried a three of her own at the 2:23 mark to make it a 52-41 game. Merrimack would answer with a Savannah Johnson layup, but the Hawks scored the final five points of the stanza to pull away for the 57-43 victory.
Saint Anselm ended the game shooting 35.3% (18-of-51) from the field, 37.5% (6-of-16) from three and 57.7% (15-of-26) from the charity stripe. Merrimack mustered only 28.3% (15-of-53) shooting from the floor, 37.5% (6-of-16) from beyond the arc and 50% (7-of-14) shooting from the free throw line. Merrimack won the rebound battle 41-37, but committed 24 turnovers to 19 for the Hawks.
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