Women’s Basketball Uses Giant Third Quarter to Soar Past Southern Connecticut, 79-59

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH KAREN PINKOS | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: January 12, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 79, Southern Connecticut State University 59
Records:
 SNHU 10-6 (4-5 NE10), SCSU 10-6 (4-4 NE10)

Seniors Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) and Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) combined for 39 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to huge 79-59 Northeast-10 victory against Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Lorenzen recorded a double-double of 20 points (10-15 FG), 15 rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
  • Camara tallied 19 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds and five helpers.
  • Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) was also in double figures with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 FT) and matched her career high with six rebounds.
  • Kiana Steinauer posted 20 points (8-17 FG, 1-6 3-FG, 3-4 FT) and 18 rebounds for the Owls, while Imani Wheeler added 18 points (8-18 FG, 2-5 3-FG).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With Southern Connecticut holding a four-point lead more than four minutes into the contest, four points from Lorenzen carried an 8-0 run that put Southern New Hampshire in front, 15-11, with 3:49 to go in the opening quarter. Four straight from Steinauer then triggered a 6-1 counter-run that put the Owls back on top, 17-16, with 1:18 remaining. After the teams traded baskets, a Camara layup with 19 seconds left gave the Penmen the lead before SCSU committed a foul with 1.2 seconds on the clock, and Camara took advantage by draining both free throws to nudge the lead to 22-19 going to the second stanza.
  • Baskets from junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) and sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) to open the second quarter extended the SNHU lead to seven just over three minutes in, but a 5-0 spurt from Southern Connecticut trimmed its deficit to 28-26 with just over a minute-and-a-half to go. A huge triple from Camara gave the Penmen some cushion before Aaliyah Walker dropped in a layup in the final 30 seconds to cut the Southern New Hampshire advantage to 31-28 at the break.
  • After the teams swapped scores over the opening 90 seconds of the third quarter, the Penmen ripped off a 23-5 run over the remainder of the stanza to bring a 56-35 lead into the final frame. Five different scorers combined during the stretch, with Camara and Lorenzen leading the way with seven and six points, respectively.
  • Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that gave SNHU its largest lead of the day at 59-35 just 14 seconds in. A 12-4 burst from the Owls later in the half – with Steinauer, Wheeler and Amanda Pfohl each contributing four points – trimmed their deficit to 65-49 with 4:24 remaining, but that was as close as they would get, as a late 5-0 flurry pushed the Penmen lead back over 20.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE 

  • Southern New Hampshire outshot Southern Connecticut, 45.1 percent (32-71) to 35.7 percent (25-70), including 58.8 percent (10-17) to 17.6 percent (3-17) in the third quarter and 28.6 percent (8-28) to 21.4 percent (6-28), overall, from downtown.
  • SNHU was plus-4 at the line and shot it marginally better, 53.8 percent (7-13) to 50 percent (3-6).
  • The Penmen owned the glass (50-35) and the paint (36-26), scored more points off mistakes (15-7) piled up more second chance points (12-2) and received more scoring from their bench (22-0), in addition to featuring a much more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (22/10-7/9).
  • Freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) netted eight points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-1 FT).
  • Deyo posted six points (3-7 FG), five rebounds and two assists.
  • Terry chimed in with six points (2-8 FG, 2-8 3-FG), three assists and a pair of boards.
  • Ziliak chipped in two points (1-7 FG), five assists and three rebounds.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has now won four of its last six, while Southern Connecticut had captured five of seven before the loss.
  • The Owls had won five of six against the Penmen, including two straight in Manchester. SNHU exacts a bit of revenge following last season's NE10 Championship quarterfinal loss to Southern Connecticut ended its season.
  • Lorenzen's 15 rebounds move her past Sloane Sorrell (2009-13) and into third place on the program's all-time rebounding list with 815. She is also second on the all-time scoring list with 1,560 points, sitting 153 and 103 away from the respective top marks.
  • Lorenzen's seventh double-double of the season is the 31st of her career. It is also the ninth time this year she has scored 20 or more points and the 26h time she has reached the plateau in her career.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Jan. 15 (5 p.m.) when they take on Le Moyne College.
  • The next home contest for SNHU is Wednesday, Jan. 23 (5:30 p.m.) when it plays host to the College of Saint Rose at the Stan Spirou Field House in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM.

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