When and Where: January 9, 2019 – Pleasantville, N.Y. (Goldstein Fitness Center)
Score: Pace University 90, Southern New Hampshire University 79
Records: Pace 6-9 (3-4 NE10), SNHU 9-6 (3-5 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) netted a team-high 21 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team was toppled by Pace University, 90-79, Wednesday evening at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
- Lorenzen was 10-for-16 from the field and made her only free throw, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing three assists.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) scored 14 points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 7-11 FT) to match her career high, in addition to corralling a pair of rebounds.
- Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) was also in double figures with 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 1-2) and four boards off the bench.
- Alexandra Monteleone led all scorers with 28 points (11-17 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT) for the Setters, who had four scorers with 15-plus points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire recorded its only lead of the contest on a layup from senior Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) that made it 7-6 just under three minutes in, but Pace responded with a 12-4 barrage – with seven points from Monteleone and five from Brianna Wong – that gave it an 18-11 advantage with 4:35 remaining in the opening quarter. Pace would maintain that seven-point margin at the end of the stanza and secure a 27-20 lead.
- With the gap at 12 just over three minutes into the second quarter, eight straight from the Penmen slashed their deficit to 36-32 with less than three minutes to go, but five straight from Monteleone sparked an 8-2 stanza-ending run to send the Setters to the break with a 44-34 advantage.
- SNHU kept it close in the third quarter, trailing by 11 when four straight from Lauren Hackett kicked off a 6-0 spurt that gave Pace its largest lead of the contest at 70-53 going to the final frame.
- The Penmen scored 13 of the first 19 points of the fourth quarter – with five coming from Lorenzen and four from junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) – to trim their deficit to 76-66 just past the midway point of the stanza, before a 6-2 flurry – with four points from Russell – brought SNHU within 80-72 with under three minutes to play. Southern New Hampshire would climb as close as seven – 84-77 – on a Russell layup with 1:19 left, but a 6-2 run from Pace the rest of the way sealed it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Pace outshot Southern New Hampshire, 47.8 percent (32-67) to 44.4 percent (28-63), including 50 percent (9-18) to 33.3 percent (5-15) from long distance.
- SNHU was plus-1 at the line, but Pace shot it much better, 94.4 percent (17-18) to 66.7 percent (18-27).
- The Penmen scored more points off mistakes (16-11) and received more scoring from their bench (24-5), while the Setters narrowly won the glass (39-37) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (18/11-13/11).
- Ziliak tallied nine points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 4-4 FT), two assists and two steals.
- Freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) also dropped in nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 FT) and handed out a pair of assists.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) notched seven points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and six boards.
- Southern New Hampshire had won three of its last four, while Pace has now captured two-in-a-row, following a stretch where it had lost five of six.
- The Penmen, who scored 92 points their last time out Sunday for the first time in nearly a decade, allowed 90 for the first time since Feb. 19, 2014 when it was defeated by Bentley University, 95-55.
- Lorenzen's final rebound of the night gave her 800 for her career and made her the only player in program history with 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. She is currently second on the all-time scoring list with 1,540 points and fourth in rebounding, sitting 173 and 118 away from the respective top marks.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 12 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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