PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Southern New Hampshire University used a balanced attack, with three players scoring at least 14 points, as it posted a 60-57 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Pace University at the Goldstein Center Wednesday night. The Penmen, who won for the fifth time in six games, improved to 8-8 and 6-6 in the NE-10, while the Setters, who are receiving votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today/WBCA Division II poll, are now 14-4 and 8-4 in the league.
Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) and Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) paced Southern New Hampshire with 15 points apiece. DeRoma grabbed eight rebounds and finished 5-9 overall and 4-7 behind the arc, while Houghtaling grabbed seven rebounds. Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) registered 14 points and seven rebounds, while Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) went 6-6 at the free throw line and scored eight points.
Carol Johnson led Pace with 16 points, while Brittany Shields posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
SNHU, which led 32-29 at halftime, opened the second half on a 12-4 run to build a 44-33 lead with just under 12 minutes to play following a pair of free throws by Smith. Down 48-38, Pace used a 9-0 run to pull within one with 7:23 to go. The Penmen scored the next four points and made it 52-47 on Sorrell's basket with 6:39 left, but the Setters would cut it to one on Johnson's basket at the 4:22 mark that made it 52-51.
The guests responded with five unanswered points and Houghtaling's layup with 3:11 to go made it 57-51. Pace pulled within three, 60-57, with 10 seconds to go on a Johnson basket, then fouled Houghtaling. Houghtaling missed both free throws to keep the door open, but Johnson's game-tying trifecta attempt was off the mark and DeRoma corralled the rebound.
Neither side led by more than five points in a first half that saw eight lead changes. Lisa Welsome made a layup with 6:21 left that put Pace on top 21-20 but the Penmen would take the lead for good on a Houghtaling basket with 5:10 to go before intermission that made it 22-21. SNHU opened a 32-27 lead with 1:30 left on a DeRoma three and led 32-29 at halftime.
Southern New Hampshire took 17 more trips to the free throw line, going 17-26 at the stripe while Pace was just 5-9. The Penmen knocked down five of their 11 three-point attempts, while the Setters were just 2-11 behind the arc. The guests also held a 36-30 rebounding advantage.
SNHU returns to action Saturday when it hosts Southern Connecticut State University in a 1:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.