When and Where: November 17, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 89, Nyack College 72
Records: SNHU 4-0, Nyack 0-4
Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) scored a season-high 20 points to help lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to an 89-72 victory against Nyack College in non-conference action at the Stan Spirou Field House on Saturday.
- Camara made seven of the 11 shots she attempted, including 3 of 5 from deep, as well as 3 of 4 from the line, while adding six rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.
- Classmate Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2- FT), eight boards, six assists and a pair of blocks.
- Junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) submitted her best game of the season with 17 points (7-15 FG, 3-9 3-FG) and two helpers.
- Elle Nittinger led Nyack with a game-high 21 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 8-10 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire scored the first nine points of the contest – with three each from Camara, Lorenzen and sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) – as part of a 15-3 rush to begin the game over the opening six-and-a-half minutes. Nyack would score seven of the final 10 points of the first quarter to trim its deficit to 20-13.
- Its last basket of the opening stanza – a 3-pointer from Nittinger – sparked a 10-0 flurry that knotted the game at 20-all just over two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter. The Warriors would never take the lead, however, as the Penmen responded with an 8-1 spurt to open a 28-21 advantage with 4:33 remaining. SNHU used another 8-1 stretch – with the final five points coming from Camara – to run its lead to a half-high 13 at 42-29 with 30 seconds to go. The Penmen would go into the locker room with a 42-31 advantage.
- SNHU opened the second half with a 6-2 spurt – made up of a Camara trey and a three-point play from sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) – to nudge the lead to 48-33 just over a minute in. The Warriors crept back to within 12 a short time later when three straight baskets from freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.), Lorenzen and Terry made it an 18-point game at 56-38 with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors would later score the final four points of the stanza to pull within 63-50 going to the final frame.
- Less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, a 10-4 run – capped by a pair of 3-pointers from Terry – pushed the advantage to 20 at 75-55 with 5:50 on the clock. An 8-1 run nearly two minutes later that featured four different Penmen scorers would give them their largest lead of the afternoon at 88-63 with 2:31 to play. Nyack would end the game on a 9-1 run – bookended by a pair of Kyla Given baskets.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Nyack, 50.8 percent (33-65) to 37.5 percent (21-56), including 36 percent (9-25) to 34.8 percent (8-23) from beyond the arc.
- The Warriors were plus-8 from the stripe and held a 78.6 percent (22-28) to 60.9 percent (14-23) advantage.
- SNHU also shared the ball well, notching 27 assists on its 33 field goals.
- The Penmen won the paint (38-26), owned a narrow edge in points off mistakes (13-10) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (27/10-12/19), while Nyack captured the glass (39-31).
- Roche turned in a nine-point (3-3 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 2-2 FT), four-assist, two-rebound performance.
- Deyo tallied eight points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 1-3 FT), four boards, three assists, a block and a steal.
- Russell chipped in seven points (2-3 FG, 3-6 FT), two rebounds, a block and a steal.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) added five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT), four assists and a pair of rebounds.
- Southern New Hampshire begins the season 4-0 for the first time since 2015-16.
- Camara is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game through the first four contests, placing her eighth in the league in that category. She is the only player 5-foot-7-inches or shorter in the top 8.
- Dating back to last season, Camara has grabbed six rebounds in 10 of her last 11 games, including six straight.
- The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 20 (5:30 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM
- The next home contest for Southern New Hampshire is Sunday, Nov. 25 (1:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Chestnut Hill College at the Field House.
- SNHU is home for four straight to begin the year, as well as six of seven in the month of November.
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