MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior guard Caitlyn Abela netted her 1,000th collegiate point with a three-pointer midway through the third quarter, but the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team fell to Assumption College, 55-46, on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks drop to 15-8 overall and 10-7 in the NE10, while the Greyhounds sweep the season series and improve to 15-7 and 10-7 in league games. Saint Anselm is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host St. Michael's College at 1:30 p.m.
Clairee Putnam led the Hawks with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Candace Andrews joined her in double figures with 10 points, five assists and five steals. Ali Glennon added eight points and four rebounds, while Kaila Duarte had an all-around game with six points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Assumption was led by 16 points and eight rebounds from Jo Impellizeri, with Allison Stoddard adding 11 points, and Abby McKanna registering 10 points and seven rebounds.
After falling in an early 5-0 hole, Kaila Duarte got the Hawks on the board with a layup before Clairee Putnam knocked down a pair of free throws to make it a 5-4 game with 6:36 to play in the opening quarter. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Assumption ended the period on an 11-2 run to take a 16-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Duarte sandwiched layups around a Kelly Carey triple to keep it a 21-10 game, but the Greyhounds defense held the Hawks offense scoreless for nearly seven minutes and outscored the Hawks 9-2 down the stretch to grab a 30-12 lead headed into the break. The Hawks shot just 20% (5-of-25) from the field and had eight turnovers through the first 20 minutes of action.
Out of halftime, Candace Andrews traded jumpers with Jo Impellizeri, but a Kiera O'Donnell layup followed by two Abby McKanna free throws staked the visitors to a 36-16 lead with 5:57 to play in the third period.
With 4:42 remaining in the third quarter, Caitlyn Abela received the ball in the corner off a feed from Clairee Putnam and buried a triple to surpass 1,000 career collegiate points. Abela currently ranks 22nd all-time in Saint Anselm history with 903 points, while she scored 98 points during her freshman campaign at Sacred Heart University for 1,001 career points.
Trailing by as many as 21, the Hawks put together a 5-2 run to end the third quarter to make it a 43-25 game headed into the final period.
The Hawks came out firing to start the fourth as Putnam and Emma Daly buried back-to-back threes to force an Assumption timeout with 8:09 to play. A three-point play from Putnam just over a minute later trimmed the deficit to 43-34, but the Greyhounds answered with a 6-0 run of their own to climb back on top, 49-34.
Ali Glennon ended the run with two-straight triples of her own, and another three-point play from Putnam made it a 49-43 game with only 43 seconds remaining. The Hawks were forced to foul, and after Impellizeri made a pair, Andrews raced down and scored a layup to keep it a six-point game with 23 seconds left.
Unfortunately, the Greyhounds would make enough of their free throws down the stretch while keeping the Hawks off the scoreboard to pull away for the 55-46 victory.
Saint Anselm shot a season-low 29.1% (16-of-55) from the field, while hitting 31.3% (5-of-16) of their triples and 75% (9-of-12) of their free throws. Assumption shot 39.2% (20-of-51) from the floor, 26.7% (4-of-15) from beyond the arc and 78.6% (11-of-14) at the charity stripe. The Hawks held a 37-35 edge in rebounds, while committing 18 turnovers to just 14 for the Greyhounds.
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