MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College women's basketball team unofficially opened its season on Saturday with a 72-51 victory over Bishop's University at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
Saint Anselm, ranked ninth in NCAA Division II according to the D2SIDA National Media Poll and 10th nationally by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, tripped up the visiting Gaiters from Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada for the second consecutive season in exhibition play.
Senior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.), a member of the 2019 NCAA Division II East Region All-Tournament Team, picked up where she left off a season ago with 29 points and 18 rebounds, shooting 13-for-17 from the floor. Junior Peyton Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass.) reached double-digit point scoring totals as well, notching 18 points with six rebounds.
Freshman Macy Spinks (Luton, England) scored nine points and led the Hawks with six assists. Senior Sara Messler (Durham, N.H.) was responsible for nine rebounds with eight points and junior Jenoyce Laniyan (Bedford, N.H.) had six rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.
The Hawks scored 46 of their 72 points in the paint, logging 20 second-chance points thanks to 57 rebounds. The Gaiters shot only 32.8% from the floor, including a 6-for-27 mark from distance, while securing only 27 rebounds in the defeat.
Saint Anselm used a 10-0 run early in the first quarter to build a 10-point advantage, 14-4, with 4:34 to go in the stanza. The Hawks grew their lead to 23 points late in the first half following a trey by Spinks with 1:47 left in the second. Saint Anselm carried a 42-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Bishop's outscored the Hawks in the third quarter, 14-13, but the Hawks put the game away in the fourth quarter with 16 of the period's 22 rebounds.
Amaiquen Siciliano led the Gaiters with 11 points and five assists. Jael Kabunda had seven rebounds for Bishop's.
Saint Anselm opens its season on Saturday, Nov. 9, taking on Bloomfield in a neutral-site fixture played at the University of Bridgeport at 6:30 p.m.