SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) went 4-6 behind the arc and totaled 16 points as Southern New Hampshire University defeated American International College 62-51 in Northeast-10 women's basketball Saturday afternoon at Butova Gymnasium. The Penmen, who have won three in a row and four of five, improved to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in NE-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets are now 9-4 and 6-3 in the league.
Saturday's win marked the first for Southern New Hampshire over American International since the 1990-91 season, as the Yellow Jackets had captured 18 straight meetings in the series.
DeRoma, who spent the 2008-09 season at AIC before transferring to SNHU, finished 5-7 overall and 4-6 behind the arc while also sinking both of her free throw attempts. Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) totaled 10 points and five rebounds, while Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Penmen. Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) added eight points and t five assists.
Marie Li Sicard was the lone American International player to finish in double figures, as she totaled a game-high 27 points on 11-19 shooting.
SNHU opened up a 7-0 lead just 2:13 into the game and led by a 19-2 score following a three by Duffy seven minutes into the contest. The Yellow Jackets would pull within 14, 26-12, at the 5:44 mark by Josephine McLane, but SNHU went on a 10-0 run and a three by DeRoma 42 seconds before intermission made it 36-12. The Penmen led 36-14 at the break.
The guests maintained at least an 18-point advantage for much of the second half and took their largest lead, 56-30, with six minutes to go on a pair of DeRoma free throws. American International closed the game on a 10-2 run to account for the final.
Southern New Hampshire knocked down all five of its three-point attempts in the first half and shot 66.7% (14-21) in the first half and 52.6% for the contest. The Yellow Jackets, who were outrebounded 32-23, shot just 25.9% in the first half but were able to go 15-26 (57.7%) over the final 20 minutes. The Penmen also took 22 more trips to the free throw line, going 16-26 while AIC was 3-4 at the stripe.
SNHU returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Saint Rose in a 5:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.