When and Where: January 15, 2019 – Syracuse, N.Y. (Ted Grant Court)
Score: Le Moyne College 74, Southern New Hampshire University 52
Records: Le Moyne 13-2 (7-2 NE10), SNHU 10-7 (4-6 NE10)
Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) matched her career high with a team-best 14 points and the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team hung with a tough Le Moyne College squad into the second half, but fell, 74-52, Tuesday evening at Ted Grant Court.
- Russell went 4-for-10 from the floor, including 1-for-1 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-6 at the line, while grabbing three rebounds.
- Corrinne Poitevien paced all scorers with 25 points (10-14 FG, 5-6 FT) and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Dolphins, while Liz Millea added 17 (7-11 FG, 3-6 3-FG) off the bench.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After falling behind, 3-0, a 3-pointer from sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) and back-to-back treys by junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) made up a 9-2 burst that put Southern New Hampshire in front, 9-5, more than four minutes in. An 8-2 counter-run put Le Moyne back in the lead, 13-11, with 2:58 remaining in the opening quarter, but five straight from Russell re-established a 16-13 advantage for SNHU with 2:15 on the clock. After a 5-0 spurt from the Dolphins leapfrogged them back on top, a buzzer-beater from senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) fittingly ended the back-and-forth stanza with a score of 18-18.
- A 3-pointer from junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) and an old-fashioned three-point play by freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) carried a 6-3 run to begin the second quarter that gave the Penmen a 24-21 lead less than a minute in. An 8-3 counter-stand from Le Moyne put it back in front for good at 29-27 with 3:46 left. SNHU would get within one with under a minute remaining, but a three-point play from Poitevien in the final 10 seconds handed the Dolphins a 34-30 halftime advantage.
- Leading by three more than two minutes into the second half, Le Moyne ripped off 14 straight – with eight coming from Millea and Poitevien contributing four – to open up a commanding 53-36 advantage with 2:42 left. The Dolphins would bring a 57-42 cushion to the final frame.
- Le Moyne picked up right where it left off to begin the fourth, embarking on a 12-4 rush – with five points each from Poitevien and Millea – to balloon the lead to its largest of the night at 69-46 with 5:48 on the clock. Five straight from SNHU made it an 18-point game, but that was as close as the visitors would come.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Le Moyne outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50 percent (29-58) to 31.1 percent (19-61), including 57.1 percent (8-14) to 25 percent (4-16) in the third quarter and 35.7 percent (5-14) to 31.3 percent (5-16), overall, from distance.
- Le Moyne was plus-2 at the line and shot it better, 78.6 percent (11-14) to 64.3 percent (9-14).
- The Dolphins owned the glass (43-31) and the paint (44-22), piled up more points off mistakes (22-6), scored more second chance points (11-7) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (15/13-9/12).
- Ziliak netted eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 3-FG).
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) tallied eight points (4-16 FG), six rebounds, three assists and a block.
- Deyo posted five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and three assists.
- Roche chimed in with five points (2-5 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and two assists.
- Dean also added five points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT).
- Camara collected four points (2-8 FG), seven boards and three steals.
- Southern New Hampshire had won four of its last six, while Le Moyne has now captured 12 of 13, including nine straight.
- Russell has scored in double figures in four straight contests, averaging 12.0 points per game over that span, while twice matching her career high.
- Lorenzen, who is second on the program's all-time scoring list and third on the rebounding list, is now 145 and 97 away from the respective top marks.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Jan. 23 (5:30 p.m.) when they play host to the College of Saint Rose at the Stan Spirou Field House in game that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
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