Stonehill Pulls Away from Women's Basketball Late

EASTON, Mass. – Emily Rousseau totaled 16 of her 25 points in the second half to lead Stonehill College to a 71-62 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Merkert Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.  The Skyhawks improve to 17-9 and 12-9 in the NE-10 with the victory, while the Penmen are now 10-15 and 8-13 in the league.

Rousseau finished 9-22 from the field overall and made all five of her free throw attempts while also adding five rebounds and four assists.  Kristen McWhirter totaled 18 points and seven rebounds for the Skyhawks, who also got 13 points from Anna Griffin.

Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, N.H.) led Southern New Hampshire with a double-double, posting game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds.  She went 10-16 from the field.  Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) went 5-9 from the field and finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while Magdala Johnson (Sandown, N.H.) and Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) added eight points apiece.  Duffy registered seven rebounds and seven assists, while Johnson blocked six shots.

The second half saw the lead change hands 21 times and four ties, with neither team leading by more than three for the first 15 minutes of the second half.  The Skyhawks used a 7-0 burst capped by a pair of free throws by McWhirter with 4:10 remaining to give the hosts a 62-56 lead.

SNHU would cut the lead to 62-58 with 3:21 left on a layup by Houghtaling, but the Skyhawks would score their next four points at the line to make it 66-58 with 1:53 to go.  Stonehill went 7-10 at the stripe over the final 2:28 to secure the victory.

The Penmen built a 10-4 lead 4:25 into the game and led 16-11 with nine minutes left before intermission following a Houghtaling basket.  The Skyhawks used a 14-4 run to build a 25-20 lead on a three by Rousseau with 1:55 to go before the break.  Southern New Hampshire countered by closing the stanza on a 9-4 run, and back-to-back threes by DeRoma, the second with 31 seconds left, gave the guests a 29-28 lead at halftime.

Stonehill outrebounded Southern New Hampshire 43-34, including a 19-8 offensive rebounding advantage that led to an 18-9 lead in second chance points.  The Penmen were 7-15 behind the arc and limited the Skyhawks to just 38.5% shooting for the game, but Stonehill went 17-23 at the free throw line while SNHU was 9-13.

Southern New Hampshire closes out its regular season Wednesday when it hosts Merrimack College in a 5:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.