MANCHESTER, N.H. – Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) totaled 18 points and hit the game-winning three as time expired as Southern New Hampshire University defeated Adelphi University 73-70 in Northeast-10 women's basketball Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen, who have won two in a row and three of four, improved to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the NE-10, while the Panthers, who had won four of five entering the game, are now 6-6 and 3-5 in the league.
DeRoma totaled 15 of her points in the first half and finished 7-12 from the floor and 4-8 behind the arc, one of three Penmen to finish in double figures. Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) had 15 of her points in the second half and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, going 7-12 from the floor. Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) added 13 points while Libby Cullerot (Henniker, N.H.) knocked down a pair of threes and totaled eight points.
Jessica Kitrys led Adelphi with 16 points on 7-8 shooting while Ashley Caiafa knocked down three three-pointers and totaled 15 points. Sade Jackson and Amanda Campusano finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
SNHU, which had led by as many as five points down the stretch, saw its lead whittled down to one, 68-67, with 1:44 left on a layup by Kitrys. Houghtaling would push the Penmen lead back to three 17 seconds later. The two teams would trade empty possessions before Adelphi called a timeout with the ball with 21 seconds to go.
Caiafa would tie the game 70-70 with a contested three at the top of the key with 17 seconds to go. The Penmen would come down and with 6.6 seconds left call a timeout, inbounding under the basket. Cullerot, standing in the left corner, would find a wide-open DeRoma at the top of the key and her shot as time expired found the bottom of the net.
The hosts trailed by as many as seven in the second half and were down 61-55 with just under six minutes to go when they went on an 11-0 run to build a 66-61 lead on a layup by Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.). Jackson would make it a 66-63 game with 3:17 left but Duffy responded with another layup on SNHU's next possession to make it 68-63 with 2:53 left.
Down 35-32 at halftime, the Penmen would tie the game on their first possession of the second half on a conventional three-point play by Sorrell. Adelphi then took control with a 7-0 run that made it 42-35 with 16:44 left on a basket by Campusano, and the Panthers would control the game for much of the rest of the half.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead just over seven minutes in on a DeRoma basket. The Panthers would then hold SNHU scoreless for over five minutes, going on an 18-0 run to build a 22-13 lead with 7:17 to go before halftime on a Caiafa jumper. The Penmen would counter with a 10-2 spurt and a three by DeRoma 4:41 before intermission put the Penmen down just one, 24-23. Adelphi took a 35-32 lead into halftime.
Southern New Hampshire outrebounded Adelphi 37-29, including an 11-8 offensive rebounding advantage that led to a 13-7 edge in second chance points. The Penmen went 15-19 (78.9%) at the free throw line and committed a season-low 13 turnovers.
SNHU returns to action Saturday when it travels to American International College for a 1:30 Northeast-10 Conference contest.