When and Where: February 23, 2019 – Rindge, N.H. (FPU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 83, Franklin Pierce University 68
Records: SNHU 17-10 (11-9 NE10), FPU 4-21 (2-18 NE10)
Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) scored 14 points to lead five Penmen in double figures, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team officially clinched a spot in the Northeast-10 Championship with an 83-68 victory against Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the FPU Fieldhouse.
- Dean was 5-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-6 from long distance, and 2-for-2 at the stripe, in 28 minutes off the bench.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) contributed 13 points (4-7 FG, 5-5 FT), three assists and two rebounds.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted 12 points (2-4 FG, 8-8 FT) and five rebounds in just 16 minutes due to foul trouble.
- Sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) matched her season best with 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 FT), to go with four rebounds, in 18 minutes in a reserve role.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) was also in double figures with 10 points (3-10 FG, 4-4 FT), three steals and two rebounds.
- Izzy Lipinski (6-15 FG, 5-6 FT) and Sophia Holmes (6-13 FG, 3-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT) led the Ravens with 17 points, while Lisa Sulejmani added 16 points (4-13 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 6-8 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The score was tied, 9-9, near the midway point of the opening quarter when a 17-4 blitz – led by five points each from senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) and Dean – put Southern New Hampshire in front, 26-13, with 1:24 to go. Franklin Pierce ended the stanza with six of the final 10 points to make it 30-19 after one.
- SNHU opened the second quarter on an 8-2 swing – with four different scorers contributing – to enlarge its lead to 38-21 less than three minutes in, but the Ravens outscored the visitors, 14-9, the rest of the way, to nudge within 47-35 at the break.
- Lorenzen made her mark to begin the third, scoring eight points during a 10-5 stretch that re-established a 17-point lead for the Penmen at 57-40 with 5:07 remaining. Franklin Pierce answered with a 5-0 spurt, but SNHU hit back with a quarter-ending 10-4 run – led by four points from Deyo – to carry a 66-49 advantage into the final frame.
- Franklin Pierce kicked off the fourth with a 12-5 burst – with eight from Suljemani – to trim its deficit to 71-61 just under three minutes in, but the Penmen went 5 of 6 from the line during a 7-2 game-ending run that put the contest away.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire, which shot a blistering 78.6 percent (11-14) in the opening quarter, outshot Franklin Pierce, 49.1 percent (26-53) to 38.3 percent (23-60), while FPU returned the favor from downtown, 37.5 percent (6-16) to 17.6 percent (3-17).
- SNHU was plus-12 at the line and held a 90.3 percent (28-31) to 69.6 percent (16-23) margin.
- The Penmen captured the paint (36-24), received more scoring from their bench (37-13) and turned in a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/10-13/12), while the Ravens won the glass (35-32), and collected more points off mistakes (12-7) and second chance points (9-7).
- Freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and a pair of assists.
- Southern New Hampshire has won seven of its last 10, while Franklin Pierce drops its seventh straight.
- SNHU has captured eight of nine against Franklin Pierce, including four straight.
- The win clinches an NE10 postseason berth for the Penmen for the second straight season. With one game to go in the regular season, SNHU is tied for fourth place in the Northeast Division with Merrimack College, with whom it possesses the tiebreaker. A win in the finale (or a loss, coupled with a Merrimack loss) would give Southern New Hampshire a first round home game.
- Lorenzen, whose all-time SNHU scoring record now consists of 1,769 points, moves within two rebounds of breaking that all-time school record.
- The Penmen return to action for the final regular-season contest Tuesday, Feb. 26 (5:30 p.m.) against 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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