When and Where: February 16, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 74, Merrimack College 73 (OT)
Records: SNHU 16-9 (10-8 NE10), Merrimack 17-8 (10-8 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) went off for a game-high 29 points, including the game-winning three-point play with 2.1 seconds left in overtime, as she became the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball program's all-time leading scorer and led the Penmen to a massive, 74-73 victory in overtime against Merrimack College on Saturday afternoon at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Lorenzen, who broke Julie Dabrowski's (1986-90) 29-year-old mark of 1,713 career points, was 14 of 26 from the field and made her only free throw, while ripping down 13 rebounds and dishing three assists.
- Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-8 3-FG), five rebounds and two assists.
- Fellow junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) tallied 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) was also in double figures with 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3-FG), eight rebounds and four assists.
- Lindsay Werner led Merrimack with 18 points (7-14 FG, 3-7 3-FG, 1-2 FT), while Karlee Alves added 17 points (6-12 FG, 5-6 FT) and seven assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 6-2 lead over the opening 2:41, with Lorenzen scoring all six points. Merrimack countered with seven straight, including four from Mayson Kimball and three from Werner, to grab its first lead at 9-6 with just under six minutes remaining, but a 12-2 rush – sparked by four straight from Lorenzen – put the Penmen back in front, 18-11, with 2:44 left in the first. Camara and freshman Danielle Sirois (Pelham, N.H.) each contributed three points during the stretch. Three points from Alves and two from Alyssa Casey made up a 5-0 run to end the quarter and trim Merrimack's deficit to 18-16.
- Merrimack was within three at 26-23 with less than three-and-a-half minutes to play in the second stanza when SNHU closed the half with a 14-4 blitz that was powered by six points each from Lorenzen and Terry, and gave the Penmen their largest lead of the day at 40-27. Lorenzen tied the scoring mark on a layup that made it 33-25 with 1:55 to go and then broke the record with a jumper just inside the free throw line with 1:00 left to give her team a 37-27 advantage.
- The gap was 12 at 45-33 just two-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter when seven points from Werner carried a 17-5 run that ended the stanza with the score tied at 50-all.
- Merrimack scored six of the first nine points of the final frame over the initial 4:19 and still led by three, 58-55, with just over three-and-a-half minutes remaining when six points from Lorenzen powered an 8-0 push that put the Penmen in control at 63-58 with 34 seconds on the clock. After two Merrimack layups, sandwiched around a turnover, left the SNHU lead at just one, a pair at the line from Ziliak gave Southern New Hampshire a bit of breathing room at 65-62 with 11 seconds to go. Werner, however, would drill a right-wing 3-pointer with less than three seconds to play and the Penmen would not get a final shot off, as the game went to overtime.
- In the extra session, the teams traded punches, swapping the lead four times. After Merrimack hit a free throw to increase its lead to 73-71 with under seven seconds remaining, but missed the second, it left the door open for the Penmen, who called timeout. When play resumed, Lorenzen caught a pass with her back to the basket, turned, drove the lane and converted a layup, while also drawing the foul with 2.1 seconds left. With the game tied, Lorenzen stepped to the line and sank the free throw, putting SNHU on top, 74-73. After Merrimack called for a timeout, a potential game-winning jumper was off the mark, and the Penmen pulled out the thrilling victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 42.9 percent (30-70) to 39.5 percent (30-76), including 61.1 percent (11-18) to 23.5 percent (4-17) in the third quarter, while SNHU returned the favor from long range, 45 percent (9-20) to 23.8 percent (5-21).
- Merrimack was also plus-3 from the line and held a slight, 66.7 percent (8-12) to 62.5 percent (5-8) margin.
- The Penmen won the glass (49-38), including on the offensive end (16-7), while scoring more second chance points (9-5) and submitting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (21/19-15/15). The Warriors captured the paint (42-36) and gathered more points off mistakes (19-8).
- During Merrimack's big run that spanned the third and fourth quarters, Southern New Hampshire went 5:36 without scoring and 7:19 without making a field goal.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) chimed in with three points (1-6 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, a block and a steal.
- Sirois scored three points (1-5 FG, 1-1 FT), while surpassing or tying career highs in rebounds (7), assists (3) and blocks (1).
- Sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) collected four assists.
- Southern New Hampshire has won six of its last eight, while Merrimack sees its six-game winning streak come to an end.
- SNHU, who played its first overtime game this season, is a perfect 5-0 in OT contests, dating back to the 2013-14 season.
- The Penmen improve to 12-2 at the Stan Spirou Field House this season and have now captured seven straight there.
- The win pulls SNHU into a tie with Merrimack for the fourth spot in the NE10 Northeast Division standings. The Penmen, who are now just one game behind crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College for the third slot, own the tiebreaker over the Warriors by virtue of the regular-season sweep.
- Lorenzen's 14 field goals match her career best, which she set in the 59-55 win at Merrimack back on Nov. 20. In the two games, combined, Lorenzen amassed 60 points on 28 of 54 shooting, 29 rebounds and six assists.
- Lorenzen's 10th double-double of the season is the 34th of her career.
- Lorenzen scores 20 or more points for the 13th time this season and the 30th time in her career.
- In addition to overtaking Dabrowski and setting a new program scoring mark with 1,728 points and counting, Lorenzen also passed Casey Balzano (1983-87) for second place on the program's career rebounding list with 896. Lorenzen needs just 23 rebounds to break that record.
- In a classy move, Dabrowski, who resides in Merrimack, N.H., attended the contest and presented Lorenzen with the game ball she broke the record with in the locker room after the game.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 20 (5:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Anselm in a contest that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
- The next home game for SNHU is Tuesday, Feb. 26 (5:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College on Senior Night at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will air on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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