When and Where: February 13, 2019 – Waltham, Mass. (Dana Center)
Score: Bentley University 72, Southern New Hampshire University 66
Records: Bentley 22-2 (16-1 NE10), SNHU 15-9 (9-8 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) dropped a game-high 26 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team fell short Wednesday evening in a 72-66 loss to 14th-ranked Bentley University at the Dana Center.
- Lorenzen converted 10 of her 18 shot attempts and made 6 of 11 free throws, while grabbing seven rebounds and making a pair of steals.
- Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) contributed 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench.
- Fellow junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.), fresh off a career high in points Saturday, netted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3-FG) to go with a career-best five steals.
- Amy McConnell paced the Falcons with a career-high 21 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3-FG, 2-3 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Bentley trailed, 5-4, just over four minutes into the contest when it closed the opening stanza on a 12-2 run – led by five points from McConnell – to seize a 16-7 advantage after one quarter of play.
- After Southern New Hampshire crept to within five less than two minutes into the second quarter, Bentley used a 17-6 blitz – with seven points coming from McConnell – to balloon its lead to its largest of the game at 37-21 with 2:25 left before the break. Eight points from Terry, however, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, powered a 10-0, half-ending run that slashed the Penmen deficit to 37-31.
- The Falcons nudged their lead back to double digits at an even 10 just under three-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter, before a 10-3 run – bookended by treys from Ziliak and Terry – pulled the Penmen within three at 49-46 with 1:50 remaining. Four straight would send Bentley to the final frame with a 53-46 advantage.
- The hosts would regain a 10-point lead just past the midway point of the stanza, but SNHU answered the bell again with an 8-0 rush – buoyed by four from Terry – to trim its deficit to 63-61 with 1:32 on the clock. After Bentley came up with a defensive stop on a potential game-tying possession for the Penmen the next trip down the floor, a three-point play from Victoria Lux gave the Falcons some breathing room at 66-61 with 46 ticks to go. Lorenzen drained a free throw to get Southern New Hampshire to within four with 43 seconds left before Bentley went 6-for-6 from the stripe to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Bentley, 46.4 percent (26-56) to 45.6 percent (26-67), including 45.5 percent (5-11) to 37.5 percent (9-24) from long range and 73.3 percent (11-15) to 53.3 percent (8-15) in the second quarter.
- Bentley was plus-2 at the line and shot it better, 91.7 percent (11-12) to 60 percent (9-15).
- The Penmen held a slight margin in the paint (36-34), while the Falcons won the glass (36-30), and recorded more points off mistakes (22-21) and second chance points (7-4), in addition to turning in a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (18/21-7/18).
- Sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) posted five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3-FG), four rebounds, two steals and a block.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) scored two points (1-8 FG), while corralling six rebounds and dishing five assists.
- Southern New Hampshire had won five of its last six entering the contest, while Bentley runs its win streak to nine straight.
- The loss, coupled with a Merrimack College victory, drops SNHU to fifth place in the NE10 Northeast Division standings, but it still remains just two games behind Stonehill College and Saint Anselm College, which are tied for the second spot. Four contests remain on the docket for the Penmen, including showdowns with both Merrimack and Saint Anselm.
- Lorenzen scores 20 or more points for the 12th time this season and the 29th time in her career.
- Lorenzen, who is second on the program's all-time scoring list and third on the rebounding list, is now 14 and 35 away from the respective top marks.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will air on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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