When and Where: December 5, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Bentley University 70, Southern New Hampshire University 65
Records: Bentley 9-0 (5-0 NE10), SNHU 6-3 (2-3 NE10)
Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) connected on a career-high five 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 15 points and sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) netted a career-best 14 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team fell short in its attempt to upset fifth-ranked Bentley University, 70-65, Wednesday evening at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Terry was 5-for-8 from the field, with all of her attempts coming from behind the arc, while dishing three assists.
- Russell shot 6 of 13 from the floor, including 2 of 4 from long distance, to go with a pair of rebounds.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted 13 points (4-11 FG, 5-5 FT) and matched her career highs in both rebounds (16) and steals (6), while handing out four helpers.
- Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) hit for 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-8 3-FG).
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Penmen with 10 points (3-9 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists.
- Marissa Fontaine (5-7 FG, 3-3 3-FG) and Amy McConnell (4-7 FG, 2- 23-FG, 3-4 FT) led Bentley with 13 points, while Victoria Lux added 11 (5-11 FG, 1-4 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire trailed by one, 5-4, more than four minutes into the opening stanza when Bentley scored 14 straight as part of a 14-3 quarter-ending run that put it out in front, 19-7. Fontaine led five different Falcons with five points during the stretch.
- Bentley kept it going with a 10-3 run – with six points from McConnell and four from Lux – to open the second quarter, widening the visitors' advantage to 29-10 just over three minutes in. A 3-pointer from Terry briefly quieted things down for the Penmen, but Bentley responded with an 8-2 spurt – bookended by 3-pointers from Kolleen Bouchard and Fontaine – to grab its largest lead of the game at 37-15 with 3:06 to go. After the teams swapped scores, a 3-pointer from Russell in the final minute cut SNHU's halftime deficit to 39-20.
- After a Lux bucket just 17 seconds into the third quarter pushed the Bentley lead back over 20, the Penmen ripped off a 14-3 run – with Lorenzen and Russell contributing five and four points, respectively – to slash their deficit to 44-34 with 5:52 remaining. The gap was 12 under a minute later when SNHU went back to work, crafting a 17-5 rush that knotted the game at 53-all with 1:18 to play. Terry and Dean recorded six points each during the stretch, with Camara adding five. Two Bentley free throws would give it a 55-53 edge heading to the final frame.
- A 7-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter gave Bentley a seven-point lead less than four minutes in, but an 8-2 counter-run – bookended by a pair of Terry trifectas – pulled the Penmen to within 64-63 with 3:43 left. The last Terry 3 was the final field goal of the contest for Southern New Hampshire, however, as it still trailed by one more than a half-minute later when Bentley went 4-for-6 from the line to finish off the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Bentley outshot Southern New Hampshire, 44.4 percent (24-54) to 35.4 percent (23-65), including 52.9 percent (9-17) to 41.4 percent (12-29) from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent (8-13) to 17.6 percent (3-17) in the first quarter.
- Despite making all seven of its free throws, SNHU was minus-6 from the stripe, as Bentley went 13-for-20 (65%).
- The Falcons captured the glass (38-34) and the paint (30-20), while the Penmen featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/14-16/18) and collected more points off mistakes (16-7).
- Southern New Hampshire drops its third straight, following a six-game win streak to begin the season.
- SNHU, which shot 66.7 percent (12-18) from the field in the third quarter, including a sizzling 6-for-8 (75%) from long distance, was 8-for-14 (57.1%) from deep after halftime, following a 10-for-52 (19.2%) performance over its previous 10 quarters of play.
- Lorenzen's 16 rebounds moved her past Allison Ross (1979-83) and into sixth place on the program's all-time rebounding list with 749 boards.
- Lorenzen's fifth double-double of the season is the 29th of her career.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 8 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on 19th-ranked Stonehill College.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Dec. 15 (1:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce University at the Field House.
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