Women’s Basketball Defeats Concordia (N.Y.), 70-61, to Cap Non-Conference Play


When and Where: January 4, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Southern New Hampshire University 70, Concordia (N.Y.) College 61
SNHU 10-3, Concordia (N.Y.) 3-8

Freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) led four scorers in double figures with 13 points as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 70-61 victory against Concordia (N.Y.) College on Monday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Lorenzen was 5-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line, while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out four assists. Freshman Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) netted a career-high 12 points (3-8 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 3-4 FT) to go along with a career-best eight rebounds. Classmate Aaliyah Paxton (Hainseport, N.J.) posted 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 FT), six rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 10 points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 5-10 FT), five boards and a pair of assists.

Julianne Wilkinson paced Concordia with a game-high 19 points.

Southern New Hampshire led, 7-6, early on when a pair of baskets by Paxton pushed the lead to five with 3:18 left in the opening quarter. Concordia would score four of the frame's final five points to trim its deficit to 12-10 at the end of one.

Trailing by four nearly two-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza, the Clippers would use a 6-0 spurt to grab its first lead since the game's opening bucket at 15-14 with 6:07 on the clock. A 3-pointer from Camara would put SNHU back on top as part of a 5-0 run that made it 19-15 with 3:25 left.

A basket from sophomore Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) would hand the Penmen their largest lead of the first half at 23-17 with 1:04 left and they would eventually head into the break with a 24-19 advantage.

Shelp kicked off the third-quarter scoring with a trey that sparked a 7-0 run that widened the Southern New Hampshire lead to 31-19 with just under seven minutes remaining. The lead was 13 a minute later when back-to-back 3-pointers from Courtney Fleming and Wilkinson slashed the Clippers' deficit to 36-29 with 5:04 on the clock. A Camara trifecta with just over two minutes left would trigger a 9-2 spark that put the Penmen up, 49-36, at the end of three.

A pair of Wilkinson 3s to begin the fourth quarter, sandwiched around a Conrad layup, made it a nine-point game, but four straight points from Conrad would help SNHU construct a 10-2 counter-run that gave it the largest lead of the night at 61-44 with 5:39 to play.

Concordia would respond with an 11-4 blitz – with six points from Wilkinson – to pull within 64-55 with 1:28 left. The Clippers would get as close as seven at 68-61 on another Fleming triple with five seconds to go.

Sophomore Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) tallied nine points (4-5 FG, 1-3 FT), five assists, three rebounds, three blocks and a steal, while Conrad added nine points (3-7 FG, 3-4 FT) and four boards. Senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) chipped in four points (1-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and three assists. 

-Concordia outshot Southern New Hampshire, 39 percent (23-59) to 36.5 percent (23-63), including 53.8 percent (7-13) to 44.4 percent (4-9) from long range.
-The Penmen were plus-12 at the line as they went 20-for-34 (58.8%), compared to the Clippers' 8-for-14 (57.1%) mark.
-SNHU owned the glass, 48-35, including 21-11 on the offensive end for a 14-5 margin in second chance points. The Penmen also won the paint (32-24) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/13-12/17). 

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 6 (5:30 p.m.) when they take on the College of Saint Rose in a game that can be heard live on WGIR 610-AM. The next home game for the Penmen is Saturday, Jan. 10 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to American International College on Kids' Day at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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