When and Where: December 9, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Merrimack College 64, Southern New Hampshire University 44
Records: Merrimack 5-5 (2-3 Northeast-10), SNHU 8-1 (4-1 Northeast-10)
Freshmen Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) and Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) each scored 10 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team lost for the first time all season as it suffered a 64-44 setback against Merrimack College on Wednesday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen win streak to begin the year comes to an end at eight, matching the 1988-89 team for the best start to a season in program history.
Lorenzen shot 5-for-7 from field and pulled down five rebounds, while Camara went 4-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-2 at the line to go along with six rebounds.
Hannah Neild led the Warriors with 15 points, while Ashley Weissmann added 13 points and nine boards.
Merrimack opened the contest with a balanced 12-4 run that featured five different scorers over the opening seven-plus minutes. A Weissmann 3-pointer would cap the first-quarter scoring with 26 seconds left and hand the visitors a 15-6 lead at the end of one.
With the lead at 11 over two-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza, a pair of Lorenzen buckets sparked a 6-0 run that trimmed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 19-14 at the 6:23 mark, but a 3 from Neild triggered a 9-0 counter-run that pushed the Warriors' lead into double digits at 28-14 with 3:20 to play.
Another Neild trey with under a minute to go gave Merrimack its largest lead of the half at 33-15 before a long jumper from freshman Aaliyah Paxton (Hainseport, N.J.) sent SNHU into the break trailing, 33-20.
The Merrimack lead was at 12 when an 8-0 stretch – featuring four different scorers – widened the gap to an even 20 at 41-21 midway through the third quarter. Baskets from Lorenzen and Paxton would pull the Penmen to within 16, but the Warriors would halt the spurt and head into the final frame with a 49-30 lead.
Six straight points to begin the fourth quarter from sophomore Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) gave SNHU some energy and woke up the crowd as it sliced the deficit to 49-36 less than two minutes in, but Merrimack would salt the game away and use a 7-0 run to grab its largest lead of the night at 62-40 with a minute to go.
Paxton finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT) and four boards, while sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) posted seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT), five boards and a pair of blocks. Stinson chipped in six points (3-7 FG), with senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) ripping down nine rebounds.
-Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 43.8 percent (28-64) to a season-low 32.8 percent (20-61), and went 4-for-12 (33.3%) from deep, while the Penmen were 0-for-14.
-The Warriors held advantages on the glass (43-39) and in the paint (36-26), while turning 19 Penmen turnovers into a 19-5 margin in points off mistakes. Merrimack gave it away just 13 times and racked up 17 steals.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Dec. 12 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to Stonehill College at the Fieldhouse in a game that can be heard live on WGIR 610-AM. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.
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