Women's basketball secures 67-56 victory over Adelphi

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Shannon Ryan of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team secured 19 rebounds alongside 17 points to help the Hawks to a 67-56 win over visiting Adelphi University on Saturday.

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The Hawks improve to 9-7 overall and to 5-4 within the Northeast-10 Conference. Adelphi evens its overall record at 8-8 while sporting a 4-4 record against league foes.

The most recent Saint Anselm student-athlete to record at least 19 rebounds was Megan Howard '11, who secured 24 against NYIT on Nov. 12, 2011. Senior Ali Glennon scored 14 points, making a team-leading four three-point baskets while securing seven rebounds.

Senior Clairee Putnam also had an outstanding game for the Hawks, scoring a career-high 18 points after making 10-of-10 shots from the charity stripe. She becomes only the second Hawks student-athlete to record at least 10 shots on 10 attempts since the 2001-02 season (Epiphany Smith '11 vs. Merrimack, 10-for-10, 11/30/11).

Down 5-0 in the early goings, a Sara Messler jumper sparked a 12-0 scoring run that was highlighted by two three-point baskets from Glennon. The senior would then add yet another triple as time expired in the first period, catapulting the Hawks ahead by a 17-12 score through the first 10 minutes.

Adelphi rallied in the second period before a timeout called by Saint Anselm coach Corey Boilard straightened out his team's offensive fortunes. Out of the break and trailing by a 23-19 score, Putnam made a layup and Grace Guachione bombed a trey to once again capture the lead.

After the timeout, the Hawks scored 13-straight points to take a 32-23 lead with 2:41 left in the opening half. The hot shooting continued into the third period where Saint Anselm made 8-of-16 field goals and handed out six assists as a team. Ryan had five of her team's nine rebounds in the third period alone.

Adelphi would not go down without a fight, cutting the Saint Anselm lead to 59-53 with 2:40 left in regulation time. Six-straight free throws made by Putnam created a comfortable 10-point cushion under the game's final minute and Saint Anselm held on for the win.

The Panthers' Niajah Morgan scored a team-best 17 points. Adelphi scored 20 points off of 16 Hawks turnovers, but Saint Anselm turned the tables with 12 second-chance points.

Saint Anselm hosts Southern Connecticut State this Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.