When and Where: December 15, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 79, Franklin Pierce University 56
Records: SNHU 7-4 (3-4 NE10), FPU 2-8 (0-6 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) notched a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to a 79-56 triumph over in-state rival Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Lorenzen was an efficient 8 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 2 from beyond the arc, and went 3-for-6 from the stripe, while adding two assists, a pair of steals and a block.
- Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) put together another solid performance off the bench with 15 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 1-3 FT) and four rebounds.
- Fellow junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) tallied 13 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and two assists.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) was also in double figures with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-3 3-FG), seven rebounds and six assists.
- Sophia Holmes (6-17 FG, 4-9 3-FG) and Lisa Sulejmani (4-11 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 7-10 FT) each led the Ravens with 16 points, while Izzy Lipinski added 14 (6-11 FG, 2-3 3-FG).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire held an early 4-0 lead when nine straight from Franklin Pierce, including five from Freya Cooney, put the Ravens in front, 9-4, just past the midway point of the opening quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Lorenzen and Camara, however, sparked a 15-3 quarter-ending counter-run that put the Penmen on top, 19-12. Lorenzen and Camara each contributed five points during the stretch.
- After Dean opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer 17 seconds in, FPU used an 8-2 spurt – with three points each from Holmes and Lipinski – to pull within 24-20 at the 7:29 mark. SNHU responded with an 11-3 burst – triggered by a triple from Ziliak and capped by four straight from Dean – to open the largest lead of the half at 35-23 with 3:26 left. The Ravens would whittle the deficit down to nine with under a minute left, but junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) splashed a deep right-wing 3 as time expired to send Southern New Hampshire to the locker room with a 40-28 advantage.
- Franklin Pierce opened the second half on a 9-2 run – with five points from Sulejmani and four from Lipinski – to trim the deficit to 42-37 just over two-and-a-half minutes in, but an 8-3 counter-run that featured four different scorers put the Penmen back up by 10 – 50-40 – with just under four minutes to go in the third quarter. Lorenzen closed the stanza with four straight points to nudge the lead to 60-47 going to the final frame.
- The margin was an even 10 more than halfway through the fourth quarter when SNHU ended the contest with 13 straight to add an exclamation point to the victory. Dean led the way with four points during the stretch, while Lorenzen and Camara each added three.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce, 52.5 percent (31-59) to 31.7 percent (20-63), including 69.2 percent (9-13) to 26.7 percent (4-15) in the second stanza and 42.1 percent (8-19) to 27.8 percent (5-18) from long distance.
- Franklin Pierce was plus-2 at the line and shot it better, 64.7 percent (11-17) to 60 percent (9-15).
- The Penmen won the glass (45-35) and the paint (36-30), and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (22/19-12/14), while the Ravens narrowly put up more points off mistakes (17-16) and second chance points (8-6).
- Freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) posted six points (3-3 FG), six assists and four rebounds.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) also netted six points (1-6 FG, 4-4 FT).
- Senior Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) chipped in four points (2-3 FG) and five boards.
- Southern New Hampshire snaps a four-game losing streak that included two losses to top-20 nationally-ranked opponents.
- SNHU has captured seven of the last eight meetings with Franklin Pierce, including three straight. The Penmen have also won six-in-a-row at home versus the Ravens.
- Lorenzen's sixth double-double of the season is the 30th of her career. It is also the sixth time this year she has scored 20 or more points and the 23rd time she has reached the plateau in her career.
- Lorenzen's 20 points moved her past Sloane Sorrell (2009-13) and into second place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,466 points. Lorenzen is 247 shy of matching Julie Dabrowski's (1986-90) record. Her 11 rebounds also put her in front of Anna Tarallo (1982-86) for fourth place on that all-time list with 769 boards.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 29 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on Mercy College.
- The next home game for SNHU is Sunday, Jan. 6 (1:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Queens (N.Y.) Collee at the Field House.
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