When and Where: December 8, 2018 – Easton, Mass. (Merkert Gymnasium)
Score: Stonehill College 75, Southern New Hampshire University 65
Records: Stonehill 8-2 (5-2 NE10), SNHU 6-4 (2-4 NE10)
Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) scored a game-high 16 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team dropped a 75-65 decision to 19th-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at Merkert Gymnasium.
- Dean shot 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, as she fell just one point short of matching her season high.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted 13 points (4-16 FG, 5-6 FT) and nine rebounds.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) was also in double figures with 10 points (4-5 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-1 FT).
- Gabrielle Reuter paced five Skyhawks in double figures with 14 points (7-9 FG). Maty Diabate (5-9 FG, 2-4 FT) and Grace Carter (3-9 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 4-4 FT) each added 12 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire held an early 4-2 edge nearly five minutes into the contest when a Kayla Raymond 3-pointer sparked a quarter-ending 10-3 run from Stonehill that put it in front, 12-7. Raymond contributed five points during the stretch.
- After Dean opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer a half-minute in, the gap was four less than a minute later when senior Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) netted four straight to pull the Penmen even at 14-14 with 8:20 to go. The score was 19-all just over 90 seconds later when seven straight, including the final three from Isabella Santoro, opened a 26-19 advantage for the Skyhawks with 4:07 remaining before the half. SNHU would not get closer than four and Stonehill would eventually carry a 33-28 lead into the break.
- The Skyhawks would storm out of the locker room on an 18-6 run that ballooned its advantage to 51-34 just past the midway point of the third quarter. Reuter led five scorers with six points during the stretch. A 7-0 counter-push, including the final five from Dean, slashed the Penmen deficit to 10 with 2:49 to play, but Stonehill answered with seven straight of its own, including five from Kelsey Shaw, to bring a 57-41 advantage into the final frame.
- Reuter's layup just over four minutes in pushed the Stonehill lead to a game-high 19 at 68-49 before a 16-7 flurry – led by six points from sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) and four from Lorenzen – trimmed the deficit to 75-65 with eight seconds left, but the Penmen would run out of time. Dean and Ziliak also added treys during the run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 55.8 percent (29-52) to 39 percent (23-59), including 40 percent (6-15) to 35.3 percent (6-17) from long distance.
- SNHU was plus-2 from the stripe, as it held an 81.3 percent (13-16) to 73.3 percent (11-15) advantage.
- The Skyhawks won the glass (33-29) and the paint (36-28), had more blocks (12-2) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (26/18-7/16)
- Paxton netted eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT).
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) recorded seven points (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT) and nine rebounds.
- Russell chipped in six points (2-6 FG, 2-3 FT), two rebounds and a pair of helpers.
- Southern New Hampshire drops its fourth straight, including its second consecutive against a top-20 opponent, following a six-game win streak to begin the season.
- Lorenzen's nine rebounds moved her past Julia Houghtaling (2006-11) and into fifth place on the program's all-time rebounding list with 758 boards.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 15 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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