MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College took the lead for good in the latter stages of the first half on its way to a 63-49 non-conference women's basketball victory over visiting Felician College on Saturday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. Freshman guards Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y.) and Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) scored 14 points apiece for Felician.
The Golden Falcons finished 0-2 on their season-opening weekend trip to Manchester, N.H. Felician was defeated by Southern New Hampshire University, 66-57, on Friday.
Felician led, 6-0, after 2 ½ minutes of Saturday's action, and assumed its largest lead of the game, 15-7, with 10 minutes, 43 seconds, left to play in the first half. With the Golden Falcons still ahead by seven, however, Saint Anselm completed the period with a 21-7 run over the final 7:31 to bring a 35-28 lead into the locker room. Hawk sophomore guard Caitlyn Abela (North Easton, Mass.) scored 10 points in the decisive spurt, including a tie-breaking three-point field goal that gave her team the lead for good with 2:39 left in the half.
Felician remained within striking distance early in period two, slicing its deficit to three points on three occasions, the last time at 41-38 with 13:08 to play. But the Hawks scored the game's next six points, and outscored the Golden Falcons, 22-11, the rest of the way.
Abela canned five three-pointers on the night and finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Kaila Duarte (Dorchester, Mass.) totaled 12 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Hawks, who attained a 51-33 rebounding edge. Saint Anselm's margin of 19-8 on the offensive glass led to an 18-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J.) had eight points and seven rebounds for the Golden Falcons, who play their home and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference openers on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Nyack College.