Women's Basketball Falls to Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College outscored Southern New Hampshire University 36-26 in the second half en route to a 53-45 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory Wednesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.  The Hawks remain unbeaten at 3-0 and 1-0 in the NE-10, while the Penmen see their record evened at 1-1 and 0-1 in the league.

Morgan Frame led Saint Anselm with 14 points off the bench, going 6-9 from the floor.  Jennifer Gureckis added 11 points, while Epiphany Smith and Megan Howard each finished with 10 points.  Howard also grabbed 14 rebounds.

Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) led Southern New Hampshire with a game-high 17 points, which also matched her career high.  Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) was the other Penmen player to finish in double figures, as she totaled 13 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

Trailing 19-17 at halftime, Saint Anselm opened the second half on a 14-4 run and a conventional three-point play by Frame with 16:05 remaining gave the Hawks a 31-23 lead.  Southern New Hampshire gradually chipped away at the lead, and a layup by Megan Spanarkel (Tinton Falls, N.J.) with 6:08 remaining pulled the Penmen within three, 42-39.

On its next possession, the Hawks would reclaim a six-point lead when Gureckis knocked down a three.  Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) answered with a layup for SNHU on its next trip to make it 45-41, but the Penmen would get no closer.

Southern New Hampshire led most of the first half and took its largest lead, 19-13, with 5:20 left before halftime on a drive and layup by Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.).  The Penmen took a 19-17 lead into the locker room.

Saint Anselm outrebounded Southern New Hampshire 38-31, including a 13-7 offensive rebounding edge.  The Hawks were 5-15 behind the arc while the Penmen missed all nine of their three-point attempts on the evening.

Southern New Hampshire is idle until next Tuesday (November 23) when it entertains UMass Lowell in a 5:30 Northeast-10 contest.