PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Ahead by a seven-point margin with only 4:51 left in regulation time, the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was downed by the Setters from Pace University by a 67-62 score on Wednesday at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
Saint Anselm falls to 11-8 overall on the season and to 7-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Pace sees its overall record move to 10-8 on the year and to 7-4 against league foes. The Hawks head to Le Moyne for a 1 p.m. showdown this Saturday, Jan. 20.
Sara Messler led the Hawks with 20 points, reeling in eight rebounds and throwing up two blocks. Ali Glennon and Shannon Ryan struck for 13 points apiece. Clairee Putnam tallied two assists on the year, reaching 150 career assists across a four-year career on the Hilltop.
Saint Anselm and Pace played to a 12-12 draw through the first 10 minutes as neither team was able to find its stroke from the floor. Back-to-back Messler foul shots gave the Hawks a 12-9 lead with 1:55 left in the first, but three-straight points by the host Setters drew the score even.
The Hawks shrugged off a 30.8% shooting performance in the first quarter, answering a Pace eight-point scoring run with a nine-point span of scoring that was led by four points from Messler to create a 21-17 lead. The difference in the second stanza was Pace's edge in rebounding (10-to-5), creating a halftime lead of 29-27 for the Setters.
A 14-to-5 scoring run for Saint Anselm in the third quarter elevated the Hawks to a seven-point lead with 13:09 left in regulation time. Freshman Kaitlyn Petrocelli had two key layups across that stretch as both baskets were set up by Michaela Martin, who reached 100 career rebounds during the game.
Saint Anselm led by seven points with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter, but Pace made its move in the game's waning minutes. Geena Rosalbo racked up 10 points in the final five minutes alone, propelling the Setters to a dominant 15-3 scoring run that was keyed by a 5-for-6 shooting performance. Saint Anselm committed three miscues across that span.
Rosalbo led the Setters with 20 total points. Alexandra Monteleone scored 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Jackie DelliSanti narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and seven rebounds.