When and Where: March 1, 2019 – Springfield, Mass. (Butova Gymnasium)
Score: American International College 79, Southern New Hampshire University 55
Records: AIC 16-13, SNHU 17-12
Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) and senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) combined for nearly half the team's points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team, seeded fifth in the Northeast Division, saw its season draw to a close Friday night with a 79-55 loss to American International College, the Southwest's No. 4 seed, in the first round of the Northeast-10 Championship at Butova Gymnasium.
- Russell led the team with 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT).
- Lorenzen, the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, ended her career with 12 points (3-10 FG, 6-6 FT) and four rebounds.
- Dana Watts led five Yellow Jackets in double figures with 17 points (6-15 FG, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds and five assists. Alyssa Guyon (5-9 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 4-4 FT) and Rashana Siders (6-11 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 1- FT) each scored 16, while Dominique Boyd posted 14 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 3-4 FT) and 11 boards. Destiny Perry added 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 -3FG, 4-6 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Russell opened the game with a layup just nine seconds in, American Int'l ripped off a 15-1 run – led by six from Perry and four from Boyd – to grab a 15-3 lead with 3:46 to go in the opening quarter. A 3-pointer from junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) and a pair of free throws by senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) made up a 5-0 counter-run for Southern New Hampshire, but a Boyd trey and Watts' first point of the game sent AIC to the second quarter with a 19-8 advantage.
- The Penmen nudged to within nine just over a minute into the second stanza, but the Yellow Jackets responded with a 15-3 blitz that featured seven from Siders, and four each from Perry and Watts, to give the hosts a commanding, 36-15, lead at the break.
- AIC continued its hot play in the third, beginning the quarter with a 14-5 rush – with seven from Guyon, four from Watts and three from Siders – to balloon the lead to 50-20, just past the midway point. Five points from Lorenzen powered a 10-6 spurt over the next four minutes, but the Yellow Jackets would score the final three to cement a 59-30 lead through three quarters.
- The margin was still 29 with less than two-and-a-half minutes remaining when a 9-0 run – with four from junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – made it a 20-point contest at 73-53 with 1:41 left. AIC scored six of the final eight points of the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- American Int'l, which knocked down 66.7 percent (8-12) of its shots in the third quarter, outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50.9 percent (27-53) to 32.7 percent (18-55), including 50 percent (7-14) to 16.7 percent (2-12) in the opening quarter and 46.7 percent (7-15) to 25 percent (4-16) from beyond the arc.
- AIC was also plus-3 from the line, while SNHU held a narrow shooting edge, 78.9 percent (15-19) to 78.3 percent (18-23).
- The Penmen piled up more points off mistakes (27-12) and captured the paint (28-26), while the Yellow Jackets dominated the glass (42-19), collected more second chance points (9-1) and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (18/21-8/16).
- Camara tallied nine points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and four steals.
- Dean netted six points (2-8 FG, 2-5 3-FG).
- Terry recorded six points (3-5 FG), two assists and two steals.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) chipped in five points (2-9 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and three helpers.
- Southern New Hampshire drops its second straight game to end the year, while the Yellow Jackets vanquish a two-game skid and will travel to Bentley University, the Northeast's top seed, for a quarterfinal matchup Sunday at 3 p.m.
- SNHU is now 3-8 (.273) all-time in the NE10 Championship. It was the first NE10 postseason meeting with AIC.
- American Int'l snaps a two-game skid against the Penmen, after suffering a 73-57 home loss in the only regular-season meeting Jan. 26.
- Lorenzen's 14 points give her 545 on the year, good for the second most in a single season in program history. Her 283 rebounds are tied for the single-season mark, while her 210 field goals rank second.
- Lorenzen wraps up her career first all-time in the program's record book in scoring (1,798), rebounding (932), field goals made (654), free throws made (462) and free throws attempted (575), as well as third in games played (113) and 10th in steals (173).
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