When and Where: November 18, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (Stoutenburgh Gym)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 74, Saint Anselm College 65
Records: SNHU 3-0 (1-0 Northeast-10), St. Anselm 0-1 (0-1 Northeast-10)
The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team improved to 3-0 (1-0 NE-10) for the first time since 2012-13 as it captured a 74-65 win over cross-town rival Saint Anselm College (0-1, 0-1 NE-10) in the Northeast-10 opener on Wednesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium on the campus of Saint Anselm.
Junior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Mass.) led four Penmen in double figures with 17 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and added three steals, two assists and a block. Sophomore Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) and senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) rounded out top scorers with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
For the Hawks, Candace Andrews and Ali Glennon paced the offense with 21 and 17 points, respectively. Andrews was 10-for-20 shooting and added seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block. Glennon did most of her damage from behind the arc, going 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
After three quarters, SNHU was clinging to a 50-45 lead, but Ryan opened the quarter with a deep 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 run to start the quarter and give the Penmen a 57-45 lead - the largest lead either team would enjoy on the night. SNHU led 65-57 after a Lorenzen jumper at 2:42. The Hawks made their last run scoring six straight points to narrow the lead to 65-63 with 58 seconds remaining. A critical layup by Doherty with 34 seconds left helped stop the Saint Anselm run and the Penmen sealed the victory from the charity stripe.
In the back-and-forth first quarter it was the Hawks that built a lead as a 9-2 run gave Saint Anselm a 19-12 lead with 2:06 left. The Penmen responded with the final five points of quarter to make it 19-17 at the break.
In the second quarter, the Hawks re-established an eight-point lead over the first half of the quarter as they led it 28-20 with 5:41 left, which would prove to be the Hawks' largest lead of the game. SNHU ended the half on a 12-0 run that included eight points from Lorenzen to shift momentum and the lead to the Penmen at 32-28. SNHU outscored Saint Anselm, 14-4, in the paint in the second quarter.
The early parts of the third quarter were back-and-forth with seven lead changes over the first seven minutes. Saint Anselm was clinching to a 41-40 lead with 4:00 remaining. The Penmen went on a 10-2 run that included four straight buckets by Conrad to make it 50-43 and SNHU would never trail the rest of the way.
-The Penmen open the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
-Lorenzen (15) and Conrad (15) each reached career highs in points.
-SNHU did most of its damage from inside shooting just 1-9 from behind the arc.
The Penmen return to action as they open their home slate Friday, Nov. 20 (6 p.m.) when they play host to Molloy College at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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