When and Where: December 6, 2017 – Waltham, Mass. (Dana Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 73, Bentley University 68
Records: SNHU 6-3 (5-1 NE10), Bentley 8-1 (4-1 NE10)
Juniors Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) dropped in a game-high 27 points and ripped down 11 rebounds, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team flipped the script in the fourth quarter to shock third-ranked and previously-unbeaten Bentley University, 73-68, Wednesday evening at the Dana Center.
Lorenzen, who scored nine of her points in the final frame, shot 9 of 13 from the field and 9 of 11 from the stripe. She received support from classmate Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.), who registered a double-double and tallied 13 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Freshman Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) also came up big after missing a pair of games due to injury, netting a career-high 13 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 3-FG, 1-2 FT).
Victoria Lux paced the Falcons with 14 points, while Becca Musgrove added 11.
Trailing by 11 with just over seven minutes to go in the contest, Southern New Hampshire ended the game with a 20-4 flurry that featured seven points from Lorenzen and four each from Camara and Russell. An 11-2 blitz – with five points from Lorenzen – slashed the SNHU deficit to a pair before Russell drained the go-ahead 3-pointer that made it 67-66 with just under two minutes remaining.
It was still a one-point game when Lorenzen connected on a pair of free throws with 24.4 seconds left to nudge the lead to 71-68. Bentley would miss a game-tying 3-pointer from the left corner with six seconds to play and Camara would seal the victory with a pair at the line.
The opening quarter saw six lead changes and a pair of ties before 10 straight from five different Bentley scorers snapped a 17-17 deadlock. A Camara layup just before the buzzer trimmed the Penmen deficit to 27-19 at the end of one.
Back-to-back buckets from Lorenzen and Camara to open the second quarter cut the gap to just four over a minute in, but Bentley responded with a 12-2 barrage – with five points from Megan Lewis – to open its largest lead of the contest at 39-25 with 3:27 left.
The margin was 12 two minutes later when a Camara triple and Russell layup sliced the SNHU deficit to 41-34 at the break.
Bentley would open the second half with five straight to again make it a 12-point game, but Southern New Hampshire would get it back to seven at 50-43 with 4:21 to play on a Lorenzen layup and Russell 3-pointer. After Bentley pushed it back to 12, the Penmen would again whittle the margin to seven at 55-48 with under two minutes on the clock. With the gap at seven less than a minute later, three straight would give the hosts a 61-51 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Following a pair of free throws from Lorenzen, Marissa Fontaine would bury a 3 that gave Bentley what seemed to be a commanding lead at 64-53 with 7:29 on the clock, but Southern New Hampshire would prove that untrue by holding the Falcons to 2 of 12 shooting the rest of the way.
Senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) scored nine points (4-12 FG, 1-7 3-FG) to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) would chime in with six points (2-9 FG, 2-8 3-FG).
-Southern New Hampshire has now won six of its last seven games.
-The loss for Bentley snaps a 20-game, regular-season winning streak that dates back to Jan. 14 of last season, as well as a 15-game, home winning streak that began Jan. 1 of last season.
-The Penmen entered the contest having lost three straight to Bentley, which held a 41-4 advantage in the all-time series. Southern New Hampshire had also been just 1-7 over its previous eight trips to Waltham.
-The seven points allowed by SNHU in the final frame marked the second best defensive fourth quarter for the Penmen since the NCAA moved from halves to quarters in 2015-16. They gave up just four points to Molloy on Nov. 20, 2015.
-Oddly enough, during the game-ending 20-4 run, Southern New Hampshire held Bentley scoreless for two identical stretches of 3:21, once from 7:28-4:07 and again from 4:05-0:44.
-Lorenzen's double-double was her third of the season and 15th of her career, while Camara's was both the second of her season and career.
-SNHU outshot Bentley, 39.1 percent (25-64) to 36.8 percent (25-68), including 36.4 percent (4-11) to 17.6 percent (3-17) in the fourth quarter. The Falcons were better from beyond the arc, 33.3 percent (8-24) to 25.9 percent (7-27).
-Southern New Hampshire was plus-six from the line and outshot Bentley, 84.2 percent (16-19) to 62.5 percent (10-16).
-The Penmen narrowly won the glass (42-40) and paint (28-26), in addition to owning a 15-5 advantage in points off mistakes, despite the Falcons producing a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (15/12-12/12).
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 9 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at the SNHU Fieldhouse. Fans that donate to the Holiday Toy & Food Drive will receive free admission to the game.
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