Lorenzen Breaks Scoring Mark, Lifts Women’s Hoop to 74-73 OT Win vs. Merrimack

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH KAREN PINKOS | HIGHLIGHTS

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.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • 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.

NOTES

  • SNHU basketball coach handing the game ball to women's basketball player 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.

UP NEXT

  • 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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