WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) totaled a career-high 32 points and became the 14th player in Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points as the Penmen defeated the University of New Haven 72-56 in Northeast-10 action Tuesday night at Charger Gymnasium. SNHU won its third straight and for the seventh time in eight outings to improve to 10-8 overall and 8-6 in the NE-10, while the Chargers are now 2-16 and 1-13 in the league.
Houghtaling, who finished 11-17 from the floor and 10-12 at the free throw line while also grabbing 11 rebounds, scored her 1,000th career point when she made a free throw as part of a conventional three-point play with 5:19 to go in the first half. Houghtaling's 32 points are the most by an SNHU player in a game since Kristy Woodill had 34 points against Bryant on January 2, 2000. She now has 1,021 career points.
Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) finished with 12 points and five rebounds for Southern New Hampshire, which also got 10 points from Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.). Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) registered eight points and seven assists.
Anh-Dao Tran led New Haven with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Lauren Boivin totaled 16 points on 7-11 shooting. Nicole Pollard added nine points.
SNHU opened a 10-5 lead five minutes into the game following a Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.) basket. The Chargers used a 7-0 run to take a 22-18 lead 5:45 before halftime on a basket by Pollard, but the Penmen closed the half on an 11-0 run and a Houghtaling basket four seconds before the halftime horn made it 29-22 at the break.
New Haven would pull within two, 33-31, with 16:16 to go after a three-pointer by Boivin, but the Penmen held the Chargers scoreless for the next four minutes and scored 11 unanswered points to take a 44-31 lead with just over 12 minutes to go on a pair of free throws by Houghtaling. New Haven would get within eight, 57-49, with just over five minutes to play, but that would be as close as it would get.
Southern New Hampshire took 20 more trips to the free throw line, going 17-22 while the Chargers were just 1-2 at the stripe. The Penmen outrebounded New Haven 40-34 and committed a season-low 12 turnovers.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Assumption College in a 1:00 Northeast-10 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.