MANCHESTER, N.H. – Bianca Simmons totaled 19 points to lead UMass Lowell to a 66-57 Northeast-10 women's basketball win over Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The River Hawks improve to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 1-2 and 0-2 in the league.
Simmons scored 15 of her points in the second half and knocked down three of her four three-point attempts. She also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. Brianna Wilson registered 14 points and five rebounds, while Sha'Nay Bushner was 6-8 from the field and finished with 13 points.
Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) led Southern New Hampshire with 16 points and 10 rebounds, going 7-13 from the field, while also handing out four assists. Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) was the other Penmen in double figures as she totaled 10 points. Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.) and Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) added eight points apiece for Southern New Hampshire. Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) handed out six assists.
Trailing 28-24 at halftime, UMass Lowell opened the second half on a 19-5 run and a Wilson layup with 13:49 to go gave the River Hawks a 43-33 lead. The guests would take their largest lead, 49-38, with 11:30 left on a Briana Szidat basket, but six straight SNHU points capped by a Smith basket at the 9:43 mark made it 49-44.
Johnson would hit a three with 4:18 to go to pull the Penmen within four, 53-49, but UML would score the game's next five points to rebuild a nine-point cushion with 3:22 on the clock. The River Hawks went up 64-53 with 2:15 left on a conventional three-point play by Simmons and maintained at least a seven-point lead the rest of the way.
Southern New Hampshire held UMass Lowell scoreless for the first four minutes and built a 13-4 lead with 13:29 left in the first half following a DeRoma three. The River Hawks used a 9-2 run to pull within one, 17-16, on a layup by Wilson with 6:03 left before halftime. The Penmen took a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
UMass Lowell shot 58.6% (17-29) in the second half and 49.1% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 34.3% shooting. The River Hawks knocked down six of their 12 three-point attempts and outrebounded SNHU 40-36.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Sunday when it hosts No. 24 Bentley in a 1:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.