WALTHAM, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was set back by third-ranked Bentley University on Saturday by a 77-52 margin at the Dana Center.
The Falcons, ranked third in NCAA Division II by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, improve to 8-1 overall and to 4-1 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. The Hawks drop to 6-4 on the season, dipping to 4-3 versus the league.
Freshman Peyton Steinman hauled in a team-leading eight rebounds, scoring as many points to tie senior captain Clairee Putnam and classmate Grace Guachione. Putnam handed out three assists for Saint Anselm while Guachione picked up four steals on defense.
Saint Anselm trailed by double-digits only 3:16 into the contest as back-to-back triples from Lauren Green and Becca Musgrove created the sizeable advantage. The Hawks cut into the Bentley lead, reducing the lead to five points on four separate occasions in the first period, but the hosts pulled away with a late three-point basket with two seconds left in the stanza.
The Hawks had no answer for Bentley's perimeter shooting in the second period as three-straight treys boosted the Falcons to a 32-17 lead with only 2:03 expired. Saint Anselm was 0-for-8 from beyond the arc in the second period and picked up only eight rebounds, allowing Bentley to secure 19 rebounds in the 10-minute period alone.
Down by a 38-22 score at the half, Saint Anselm committed 14 turnovers in the game's final 20 minutes. The Hawks shot a season-low 26.6% in the game, making only two of 22 attempts from beyond the arc.
Bentley was led by a double-double from Victoria Lux, who tallied 16 points and 12 assists. Macchi Smith scored 12 points in 19 minutes, posting a team-best six assists.
Saint Anselm heads to Post for a 4 p.m. game on Sunday, Dec. 17.