When and Where: January 26, 2019 – Springfield, Mass. (Butova Gymnasium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 73, American International College 57
Records: SNHU 12-7 (6-6 NE10), AIC 10-10 (5-7 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) scored 18 points, including 11 in the second half, to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to a 73-57 road win against American International College on Saturday afternoon at Butova Gymnasium.
- Lorenzen was an efficient 7 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 1 from beyond the arc, and also made all three of her free throws, while grabbing eight rebounds and making a pair of steals.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) tallied 13 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) was also in double figures with 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 2- 2FT), five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
- Dana Watts led all scorers with 27 points (11-20 FG, 5-5 FT) for the Yellow Jackets.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lorenzen scored the first five points of the game to help Southern New Hampshire out to a 10-5 lead over the opening five-and-a-half minutes, as sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) contributed the other five. The Penmen boosted their advantage to 14-7 with 2:12 on the clock in the first quarter, but five straight from Watts sparked a stanza-ending 9-2 run that left the score tied, 16-16.
- SNHU began the second quarter on a 14-6 run – highlighted by 3-pointers from junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) and Russell – to open a 30-22 lead with 2:46 left before the break. Five different Penmen scored during the stretch, with Ziliak's five points leading the way. Watts again kept AIC in it, scoring five points during a half-ending 7-2 spurt that pulled the hosts to within 32-29.
- Southern New Hampshire again used a big run to begin the third quarter, with six points from Russell powering a 13-2 flurry that widened the lead to 45-31 with 4:22 to go. The margin was 14 later in the stanza when four points from Alyssa Guyon and four more from Watts made up an 8-2 run that ended the third quarter with the SNHU lead down to 52-45.
- The theme would continue in the fourth, as seven points from Lornezen buoyed a 14-2 blitz to begin the frame that ballooned the lead to 66-47 – the largest of the contest – with 5:22 to go. Watts answered with eight points during a 10-5 run that pulled AIC within 71-57, but less than a minute remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot American Int'l, 42.9 percent (27-63) to 36.2 percent (25-69), including 26.1 percent (6-23) to 13.3 percent (2-15) from distance.
- SNHU was also plus-8 at the line, with AIC holding a 100 percent (5-5) to 92.9 percent (13-14) advantage.
- The Penmen held edges on the glass (41-38), in points off mistakes (12-11), second chance points (12-10) and assist-to-turnover ratio (14/15-14/17). The Yellow Jackets narrowly captured the paint (38-36).
- Deyo posted eight points (2-4 FG, 4-5 3-FG), six rebounds and two blocks in one of her better performances of the season.
- Ziliak followed up a career performance in Wednesday's win with seven points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3-FG), three rebounds and two assists.
- Senior Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) recorded six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and six boards.
- Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) netted five points (2-8 FG, 1-7 3-FG) and dished four assists.
- Fellow junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) chipped in five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3-FG).
- Southern New Hampshire has won six of its last nine, including two straight, while AIC has now lost five of seven.
- After losing five-in-a-row to the Yellow Jackets, the Penmen have now won back-to-back meetings.
- SNHU snaps a three-game road skid with the victory.
- Russell has scored in double figures in six straight contests, averaging 12.2 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 112 and 78 away from the respective top marks.
- The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Jan. 29 (5:30 p.m.) when they play host to Adelphi University at the Stan Spirou Field House in game that will air on both FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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