MANCHESTER, N.H. – Visiting Saint Michael's College used a balanced attack as it downed Southern New Hampshire University 47-36 in Northeast-10 women's basketball Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Purple Knights improved to 13-10 overall and 11-9 in the NE-10 with the victory, while the Penmen are now 10-14 and 8-12 in the league.
Nicole Adach led Saint Michael's with eight points, draining both of her three-point attempts on the evening. She also grabbed five rebounds, all on the offensive end. Logan Pintka and Megan Olsen each finished with seven points, with Pintka also grabbing eight rebounds.
Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) led Southern New Hampshire with 14 points, going 7-10 from the floor. Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) registered six points and 11 rebounds, while Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) also added six points. Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) totaled five points, six rebounds and five assists.
Saint Michael's led 17-14 at halftime and took a 32-24 lead midway through the second half on a three by Mandy Scott. The Penmen used a 7-1 run to pull within two, 33-31, on a three by DeRoma with 7:15 left, but the Purple Knights countered with eight unanswered points and took a 41-31 lead on an Adach three with 5:41 to go. SMC would maintain at least a nine-point advantage the rest of the way.
SNHU scored the game's first four points and held a 9-6 lead with 11 minutes to go before halftime on a Sorrell layup. Saint Michael's took the lead for good with 6:24 to go on a Scott layup that made it 13-11. The guests took a 17-14 lead into intermission.
Saint Michael's shot 31.6% for the game but connected on five of their 21 three-point attempts. Southern New Hampshire, which was outrebounded 40-31, including an 18-9 edge on the offensive glass for SMC, shot 33.3% for the game but was just 1-9 behind the arc.
Southern New Hampshire plays its final road contest of the regular season Saturday when it travels to Stonehill College for a 1:30 contest.