When and Where: February 20, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Score: Saint Anselm College 71, Southern New Hampshire University 62
Records: Saint Anselm 17-7 (12-7 NE10), SNHU 16-10 (10-9 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) scored a game-high 29 points for the second straight outing, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team was upended by Saint Anselm College, 71-62, Wednesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
- Lorenzen added to her program record for career points with an 8-for-19 showing from the field, as well as a 13-for-14 performance from the stripe, as she set a career best in free throws made. Lorenzen also notched a double-double by tying her career high with 16 rebounds, in addition to making two steals and blocking a pair of shots.
- Peyton Steinman paced the Hawks with 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3-FG, 4-6 FT), while Shannon Ryan posted 15 points (7-16 FG, 1-4 FT) and 10 boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a 7-2 run gave Saint Anselm a four-point lead more than three-and-a-half minutes in, a big right-wing 3-pointer from junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) pulled the Penmen within 7-6. The Hawks would later run their lead to 13-8 at the 3:46 mark, but a trey from freshman Danielle Sirois (Pelham, N.H.) sparked a 7-2 stretch for Southern New Hampshire that knotted the game at 15-15 with just under two minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Saint Anselm would carry a 17-15 edge into the second.
- After two quick Lorenzen buckets gave SNHU a 19-17 lead just over two minutes into the second, it took Saint Anselm a little more than halfway through the quarter to find the scoreboard. The Hawks eventually used a 7-2 run to take a 27-22 lead with two minutes left, but a triple from junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) triggered a quarter-closing 5-2 spurt that trimmed the halftime deficit to 29-27 for the Penmen.
- Saint Anselm opened the second half on a 12-4 run – with five from Ryan – to grab a 41-33 lead near the midway point of the third quarter. SNHU responded with a 13-6 stretch – with six from Lorenzen and four from senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) – to trim its deficit to 47-44 with less than a minute remaining. The Hawks would take a 49-44 lead to the final frame.
- With the margin at six nearly three minutes into the fourth quarter, buckets from Lorenzen and Sirois slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 54-52 with 6:32 left. The hosts responded with a 5-0 run, however – including the final four from Steinman – to open up a 59-52 lead with under 5:00 on the clock. SNHU was within five at 68-63 with less than a minute to go, but Saint Anselm went 8-for-8 from the line to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 37.7 percent (23-61) to 31 percent (18-58), including 28.6 percent (4-14) to 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc.
- SNHU was plus-2 at the line and held a 76.7 percent (23-30) to 70 percent (21-30) margin.
- The Hawks won the glass (44-43) and the paint (36-24), and collected more points off mistakes (14-8) and second chance points (12-4), while also submitting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/17-10/18).
- Camara tallied six points (1-7 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) also netted six points (1-5 FG, 4-6 FT) and gathered three rebounds.
- Ziliak contributed five points (1-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT).
- Sirois posted five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3-FG), four boards and two blocks.
- Dean also scored five points (2-7 FG, 1-5 3-FG) and collected three rebounds.
- Southern New Hampshire had won six of its last eight, while Saint Anselm snaps a three-game skid.
- Saint Anselm defeats SNHU for the 10th time in 11 games, including on the seventh consecutive occasion.
- The loss drops SNHU into the fifth and final postseason spot in the NE10 Northeast Division standings, one game behind Merrimack College, with whom it possesses the tiebreaker. The Penmen are now two games behind Saint Anselm and Stonehill College for the third slot, but do not own the tiebreaker with either team.
- Lorenzen's 11th double-double of the season is the 35th of her career.
- Lorenzen scores 20 or more points for the 14th time this season and the 31st time in her career.
- Lorenzen, whose scoring record now consists of 1,757 points, moves within seven rebounds of breaking that all-time school record.
- The win pulls Saint Anselm within one of SNHU in the Queen City Cup standings, as the Penmen lead, 13-12.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 23 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on in-state rival Franklin Pierce University.
- The next home game and final regular-season contest 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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