Offense Shines as Women’s Basketball Topples Franklin Pierce, 85-68


When and Where: November 18, 2017 – Rindge, N.H. (The Fieldhouse)
Southern New Hampshire University 85, Franklin Pierce University 68
SNHU 2-2 (2-0 NE10), FPU 1-3 (0-2 NE-10)

Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) scored a game-high 20 points, while sophomore Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) each turned in career-high performances, to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to an 85-68 triumph over Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the FPU Fieldhouse.

Lorenzen was an efficient 7-for-10 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the line, while filling the stat sheet with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Terry netted a career-best 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3-FG, 2-2 FT) to go with a pair of steals, while Stinson added a career-high 15 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 1-2 FT), pulled down four rebounds and dished a trio of assists. Sophomore Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) also reached double figures with 10 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3-FG, 2-2 FT).

Jemma Thacker paced the Ravens with 19 points, while Kelsey Mayo added 14.

 With the score tied at four nearly four minutes into the contest, Southern New Hampshire crafted a 12-1 run – with eight points from junior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) – to open a 16-5 advantage just past the midway point of the opening stanza. The teams twice traded scores the rest of the period, as the Penmen brought a 20-9 lead into the second quarter.

A personal 5-0 run from Thacker would trim the Franklin Pierce deficit to 27-23 at the 6:42 mark of the second stanza, but back-to-back Terry triples later in the quarter stretched the SNHU lead to 37-27 with 2:25 on the clock. With the margin still an even 10, Thacker dropped in a layup before the buzzer to bring the score to 45-37 at the break.

The gap was 10 when a Stinson trey and Lorenzen bucket pushed it to 15, but a 7-0 blitz trimmed the Ravens' deficit to 56-48 with 5:29 to go in the third. Southern New Hampshire answered with a 12-2 run that featured six points from Dean and four from senior Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) to give it the largest lead of the day at 68-50 with under two minutes remaining. SNHU would lead it, 70-54, at the end of the third quarter.  

Franklin Pierce would get as close as 10 just past the midway point of the final frame, but three points each from Stinson, freshman Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) and Lorenzen would help make up a game-ending 10-3 run.

Camara finished with eight points (2-8 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Shelp chimed in with six points (3-4 FG, and four boards. Russell tallied five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists, with fellow freshman Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) adding four points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT) and five rebounds.

-The 85 points are the most for Southern New Hampshire since it defeated Fisher College, 87-48, Dec. 19, 2015, while they are the most against a fellow Division II opponent since Dec. 10, 2012, when SNHU recorded an 89-42 win at Mercy College.
-The win for the Penmen was just the third in its last 17 trips to face the Ravens on their home floor.
-The victory forged an early tie with crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College atop the standings in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division.
-Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Franklin Pierce, 46.7 percent (28-60) to 46.3 percent (25-54), while the Ravens returned the favor from deep, 43.8 percent (7-16) to 43.3 percent (13-30). The Penmen were also plus-five at the line, despite being outshot, 78.6 percent (11-14) to 72.7 percent (16-22).
-The Penmen outrebounded the Ravens, 36-29, and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/17-13/20), while Franklin Pierce won the paint (30-26).

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 21 (5:30 p.m.) when they play host to Merrimack College at the SNHU Fieldhouse in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM.

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