Women's Basketball Suffers Grueling, 84-83 Loss to #8 Saint Anselm

Victoria Dean dribbling the ball up court in front of the SNHU bench
BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 26, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Saint Anselm College 84, Southern New Hampshire University 83
Records: Saint Anselm 5-0 (3-0 NE10), SNHU 4-3 (0-2 NE10)

Junior Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) and senior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) each reached a career high in combining for 59 points on Tuesday night, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking, 84-83 decision to eighth-ranked Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
  • Russell – career-high 30 points (11-17 FG, 2-3, 3-FG, 6-6 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
  • Dean – career-high 29 points (11-22 FG, 7-12 3-FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Senior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-7 3-FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Freshman Adriana Timberlake (Braintree, Mass.) – 7 points (1-5 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 4-4 FT), 2 rebounds
KEY MOMENTS
  • Saint Anselm held its largest lead of the contest at 42-25 with just over five minutes to play in the first half when Dean hit a 3-pointer that set off an 11-3 run and trimmed the SNHU deficit to 45-36 with 2:39 left. Dean and Terry contributed six and five points, respectiely, during the stretch.
  • Southern New Hampshire was within three with just over a minute-and-a-half remaining when Russell converted a three-point play to knot the game at 81-all with 1:31 left. After the teams traded baskets, Saint Anselm made one of two from the line with under two seconds on the clock. Dean had a chance to win it with a pull-up jumper and appeared to be hit by a defender, but no call was made.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Shannon Ryan led all players with 33 points (13-23 FG, 7-10 FT) and 17 rebounds for the Hawks.
  • The Hawks outshot the Penmen, 51.6 percent (32-62) to 41.1 percent (30-73), while SNHU returned the favor from long range, 50 percent (13-26) to 35.7 percent (5-14).
  • Saint Anselm was plus-five from the line, despite SNHU shooting it better, 100 percent (10-10) to 78.9 percent (15-19).
  • The Penmen collected more points off turnovers (22-8) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (11/6-16/16), while the Hawks owned the glass (45-28) and the paint (44-28), and gathered more second chance points (11-7).
NOTES
  • Since winning four straight, Southern New Hampshire has now dropped back-to-back contests.
  • The 13 3-pointers matched a single-game program record for the Penmen, who have now reached the mark on four occasions.
  • Saint Anselm has now won eight straight in the series and five-in-a-row at SNHU.
WHAT'S NEXT
  • The Penmen are back in action Sunday, Dec. 1 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to the University of Bridgeport in non-conference action at the Stan Spirou Field House.

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