DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) paced three Southern New Hampshire University players in double figures with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Penmen cruised to an 89-42 women's basketball victory over Mercy College Monday evening. SNHU evened its record at 4-4, while the Mavericks dropped to 0-6.
The 47-point margin of victory is the largest for the Penmen since an 80-31 victory over Green Mountain College on November 16, 2003, while the 89 points is the highest since scoring 90 in a 90-70 win over Dowling College on December 29, 2008.
Sorrell finished 7-10 from the floor en route to her fifth double-double of the season. Freshman Meghan Ballard (Rutland, Vt.) scored a season-best 15 points on 6-8 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds, while Victoria Wiseman (Montreal, Quebec) added 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals off the bench. Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.), Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Kelly Chergey (Bow, N.H.) all registered eight points, with Doherty also grabbing 10 rebounds.
Aysha Williams led Mercy with 15 points while Maria Nardulli added 11 points.
The Penmen trailed just once and took the lead for good on a Ballard three-pointer 1:30 into the contest. Southern New Hampshire pulled away with a 19-2 run capped by a Chergey basket to build a 24-7 lead with 10:35 to go before halftime. A 15-0 run capped by a conventional three-point play by Wiseman 5:17 before halftime made it a 39-10 game, and the guests carried a 47-17 lead into the locker room.
Southern New Hampshire scored the first eight points of the second half to build a 55-17 lead and maintained at least a 35-point cushion the rest of the way.
The Penmen limited Mercy to 22.7% shooting for the contest while shooting 47.3% overall, including an 8-21 effort behind the arc. Southern New Hampshire held a commanding 64-31 rebounding advantage, including a 17-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Post University for a 2:00 non-conference contest.