When and Where: February 10, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Bentley University 60, Southern New Hampshire University 56
Records: Bentley 20-3 (14-3 Northeast-10), SNHU 13-10 (7-10 Northeast-10)
Freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) recorded her second straight double-double and fourth of the season, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team came up just short against 24th-ranked Bentley on Wednesday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Lorenzen netted 16 points (3-11 FG, 10-12 FT) and ripped down a career-high 15 rebounds. Fellow freshman Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) tallied 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-6 3-FG), six rebounds and a pair of assists.
Four points from Lorenzen helped Southern New Hampshire jump out to an 8-3 lead nearly four minutes into the contest. After Bentley shaved its deficit to one, a 3-pointer from sophomore Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) sparked a 5-0 spurt that put the Penmen up, 13-7, with 1:28 to go in the opening quarter. A jumper from Camara would give SNHU a 15-11 edge after one.
Bentley opened the second quarter with a personal 5-2 run from Gemma that cut its deficit to just one just over two-and-a-half minutes in before Bentley closed the half on a 20-7 wave that gave it a 36-24 lead at the break. Gemma led the way with 11 points during the stretch, while Amy McConnell connected on a pair of 3-pointers for six points.
Southern New Hampshire would get as close as seven at 41-34 with 5:41 remaining in the third, but a 5-0 spurt would put Bentley up, 46-34, with under two minutes to go. The Falcons would carry a 46-36 advantage into the final frame.
After a Megan Lewis basket opened the fourth-quarter scoring just under a minute in, a 5-0 run from the Penmen pulled them within 48-41 with 8:03 left. The gap would fluctuate between seven and 11 until a Camara trey from the left wing cut the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 58-52 with 54.1 seconds on the clock.
That 3-pointer began a 7-1 run that slashed the margin to three at 59-56 with 11 seconds to play. Despite Bentley's fourth missed free throw in a 37-second span, Lewis did hit one that made it a two-possession game with eight seconds left. The Penmen would miss two shots on their final possession as Bentley escaped with the victory.
Senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) posted nine points (4-7 FG, 1-1 FT) and five rebounds. Sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) registered six points (3-6 FG), three rebounds and three assists, while classmate Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) also scored six points (3-7 FG) and blocked a pair of shots. Stinson finished with five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3-FG), with freshman Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) scoring three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with nine boards, which matched her career best.
-Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Bentley, 35.6 percent (21-59) to 33.3 percent (20-60), while the Falcons returned the favor from beyond the arc, 28.6 percent (6-21) to 18.2 percent (2-11).
-The Penmen won the glass, 46-37, while Bentley captured the paint (32-28) and held a 16-7 advantage in points off turnovers with a better assist-to-turnover ratio (9/11 – 8/16).
-Lorenzen's performance is the first 15-point, 15-rebound game for SNHU since Sloane Sorrell posted 24 points and 17 boards at Le Moyne on Jan. 9, 2013.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Feb. 13 (1 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack College. The Penmen return home Wednesday, Feb. 17 (5:30 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University (12-10, 9-8 NE-10) at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.
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