No. 13 Stonehill Wins Sixth Straight, Downs Women's Basketball

EASTON, Mass. – Paige Marshall totaled 16 points to lead 13th-ranked Stonehill College to a 64-49 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Southern New Hampshire University Saturday afternoon at Merkert Gymnasium.  The Skyhawks upped their record to 20-2 and 16-2 with their sixth straight win, while the Penmen are now 11-14 and 5-13 in the league.

Marshall finished 6-12 from the floor, while Kelly Martin was the other Skyhawk in double figures, as she totaled 14 points.

Victoria Wiseman (Montreal, Quebec) led Southern New Hampshire with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Brooke Springfield (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) posted 11 points apiece.

SNHU got out to a quick 6-0 lead 1:20 into the game, before Stonehill countered with 11 straight points to take an 11-6 lead with 16:46 left in the opening frame.  The Skyhawks built an 18-10 lead before a 7-2 Penmen spurt pulled the guests within three, 20-17, with 10:13 left on an Doherty basket.  Stonehill led by as many as 12 down the stretch and went into the locker room up 35-27.

Stonehill appeared poised to put the game away, opening up a 48-33 lead five minutes into the second half, but SNHU stormed back with nine straight points, and a basket by Chelsea Dunham (Johnson, Vt.) with 9:23 left made it a 48-42 game.  The Skyhawks countered with a 9-0 run of their own to make it 57-42 with 6:41 to go.  The hosts maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Stonehill shot 51.9% in the first half and 43.6% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 40.4 shooting.  The Skyhawks were 8-24 behind the arc, while SNHU connected on just one of its 12 three-point attempts.  Southern New Hampshire held a 35-32 rebounding advantage.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Bentley University for a 5:30 Northeast-10 contest game.  The next Penmen home game is slated for Saturday, February 21, when SNHU welcomes Saint Michael's College for a 1:30 game that can be seen live on NESN National and NESNplus.

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