Women's Basketball Holds off Stonehill, Prevails 66-60

MANCHESTER, N.H.Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) registered 22 points and 12 rebounds as Southern New Hampshire University held off Stonehill College to post a 66-60 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.  The Penmen, who snapped a four-game slide, are now 2-4 and 1-4 in the NE-10, while the Skyhawks are 6-3 and 2-3 in the league.

Sorrell recorded season-highs in both points and rebounds while falling one rebound shy of her career high of 13.  She finished 8-11 from the floor and 6-9 at the free throw line, with 13 of her points coming in the second half.  Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) knocked down four threes in the first half and totaled 15 points, while Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) added 10 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing her fourth-straight double-double.  Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) recorded seven assists, five rebounds and four points.

Emily Rousseau led Stonehill with 19 points and five rebounds, while Asia Ewing totaled 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.  Anna Griffin went 5-6 from the free throw line and had 11 points off the bench as well.

Southern New Hampshire led by 10 at halftime and owned a 40-30 lead with 14:39 to play following a pair of free throws by Sorrell.  Stonehill would chip away at the lead, using a 16-6 run to tie the game 46-46 with 7:32 left on a conventional three-point play by Ewing.  The Penmen would reclaim the lead on their next possession when Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.) made two free throws. 

SNHU used a 6-0 spurt to build a 59-52 lead with 2:24 to play following a pair of Duffy free throws.  Stonehill would cut the lead to three twice in the game's final minute, but the Penmen would seal the win by going 7-10 at the free throw line down the stretch.

Stonehill led just once in the game (2-0) as SNHU led much of the first half.  The Penmen used a 9-2 spurt to take a 19-10 lead with just under 11 minutes to go on a layup by Houghtaling.  The Skyhawks would pull within one, 19-18, with 5:22 in the frame following a Rousseau layup, but the Penmen would close out the half on a 15-6 run to take a 34-24 lead into the locker room.  A 9-2 spurt would feature three straight threes by Southern New Hampshire, with Callie King (Londonderry, N.H.) hitting the first one before DeRoma made two of her four first-half trifectas.

Southern New Hampshire held a 46-34 rebounding advantage for the game, including a 16-10 edge on the offensive glass that led to a 13-7 advantage in second chance points for the Penmen.  SNHU was 5-13 behind the arc while the Skyhawks were just 2-13 from long-range, and the Penmen also took 10 more trips to the free throw line, where they were 23-33 as opposed to Stonehill's 18-23 effort. 

Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Tuesday night when it travels to Merrimack College for a 5:30 Northeast-10 contest.