Manchester, N.H. - The NYIT women's basketball team polished off their 2016 slate with a non-conference matchup with Saint Anselm College on New Years Eve. After trailing by one at the half, the Bears turned around a 56-50 decision to conclude the year with a victory, improving to 8-5 this season. The Hawks, a member of the Northeast-10 Conference moves to 7-5 overall this year. Additionally, senior Shanice Allen registered her 1000th career
Leading all players in the contest was Margaret Knollmeyer, who was responsible for 20 points, while chipping in 15 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season. Also reaching double-figure points were Nina Vukosavljevic and Shanice Allen who each contributed 12 combining for 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals. The Bears defense held the Hawks to a season-low 31% (18-of-58) from the field in the game, while only hitting 4-of-20 (20%) of their three-pointers and 10-of-11 (90.9%) of their free throws. NYIT was only slightly better, hitting 35.8% (24-of-67) of their shots, 16.7% (3-of-18) of their threes and 83.3% (5-of-6) on free throws.
The two teams traded baskets to start the game and were tied at 5-5 before a Glennon layup followed by a Putnam triple put the Hawks in front 10-5 with 6:29 to play in the first quarter. Emma Daly connected on a three at the 1:12 mark to put the Hawks ahead 16-8, but Julie Williams scored inside for the Bears before the end of the period to make it a 16-10 game after one quarter.
Putnam opened the second stanza with a triple to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 19-10. NYIT answered with an 11-0 run capped by a Vukosavljevic layup to put the Bears on top 21-19 with 5:29 to play. Erin Waters and Candace Andrews hit back-to-back jumpers to put Saint Anselm back in front 23-21, but Knollmeyer scored on two-straight trips down the floor to take the lead back for the visitors.
Following another Knollmeyer make that put NYIT on top 29-25, the Hawks scored the final five points of the period on a three-point play by Kaila Duarte and a pair of Andrews free throws to give Saint Anselm the 30-29 lead headed into the break.
Ali Glennon tied the game at 34-all with a pair of free throws at the 7:41 mark of the third quarter before two more Knollmeyer baskets gave the Bears a four point lead. Erin Waters kept it a one-possession game with a layup, but the Bears eventually took a 44-38 lead using a 6-2 lead to end the quarter.
A three-point play from Knollmeyer at the 5:28 mark of the fourth quarter gave NYIT their largest lead of the game at 51-42. The Hawks started to chip away by going to the free throw line as Andrews and Waters both had back-to-back perfect trips to the line, and an Ali Glennon layup at the 1:40 mark made it a 51-48 game.
Allen and Candace Andrews traded scores to keep it a three-point deficit for the Hawks at 53-50 with less than a minute to play. The Hawks were forced to foul, and the Bears went 3-for-4 at the charity stripe down the stretch while keeping Saint Anselm off the scoreboard as the Bears held on for the 56-50 win.
The team returns to action on Wednesday, January 4 when they host Molloy College in East Coast Conference action at 5:00 p.m.
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