When and Where: November 28, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Saint Anselm College 74, Southern New Hampshire University 63
Records: Saint Anselm 6-1 (3-1 NE10), SNHU 6-1 (2-1 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) registered a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season with a 74-63 defeat against Saint Anselm College on Wednesday evening at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Lorenzen shot 8-for-16 from the field, including 1-for-3 from beyond the arc, and 3-for-4 from the stripe, while dishing a pair of assists, despite dealing with foul trouble down the stretch.
- Fellow senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) tallied 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and two steals.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) was also in double figures with 10 points (3-7 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and two steals.
- Shannon Ryan led the Hawks with 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-3 FT), 17 rebounds and five blocks, while Grace Guachione added 19. Peyton Steinman posted a double-double of 17 points (6-16 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 4-4 FT) and 18 boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Saint Anselm began the game on a 13-2 tear – with six points from Ryan – over the opening 4:11 of the contest. The margin grew as large as a game-high 13 at 18-5 with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter before Southern New Hampshire scored the last nine of the stanza – with four from Camara – to trim its deficit to 18-14.
- After the Penmen made it a two-point game just eight seconds into the second quarter, four straight from Steinman began an 8-0 rush that put Saint Anselm in front, 26-16, just over two-and-a-half minutes in. A 9-1 counter-run – capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) – slashed the SNHU deficit to a pair at 27-25 with 4:09 to go, but seven straight from the Hawks ran their lead back to nine. Back-to-back buckets from Lorenzen trimmed the margin to 34-29 going to the break.
- SNHU opened the second half on a 9-3 run – capped by a huge three-point play from freshman Danielle Sirois (Pelham, N.H.) that was set up by a Camara dime – to take its first lead of the night at 38-37 just over four minutes in. The two sides then traded the lead three times and endured three ties before Saint Anselm eventually took a 47-45 edge into the final frame.
- The gap was still two less than a minute into the fourth quarter when six points from Guachione powered a 12-4 run that put the Hawks in the driver's seat at 61-51 with 4:07 remaining. The Penmen would get as close as six with 2:20 on the clock, but a 5-0 spurt extended the lead to 11 just under a minute later and the margin would never get below seven the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 43.1 percent (28-65) to 32.9 percent (24-73), including 23.1 percent (3-13) to 13.6 percent (3-22) from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent (10-13) to 36.8 percent (7-19) in the fourth quarter.
- The Hawks were also plus-3 from the line and shot it better, 93.8 (15-16) to 75 percent (12-16).
- The Penmen gathered more points off mistakes and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (7/10-9/20). Saint Anselm won the glass (54-35) and the paint (44-36), while posting more second chance points (18-10).
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) netted seven points (3-6 FG, 1-1 FT).
- Roche chipped in five points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3-FG), two rebounds and two assists.
- Southern New Hampshire had its six-game win streak to begin the season snapped.
- Saint Anselm has now won six straight against SNHU, as well as five-in-a-row at the Field House.
- Lorenzen's fourth double-double of the season is the 28th of her career. It is also her 21st 20-point performance.
- The victory earned Saint Anselm one point in the Queen City Cup standings, trimming Southern New Hampshire's lead in the battle for Manchester supremacy to 13-8.
- Nashua's Al St. Louis belted out his world record-setting 2,000th National Anthem over the last seven years prior to the game.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 1 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College.
- The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, Dec. 5 (5:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Bentley University at the Field House.
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