When and Where: November 20, 2018 – No. Andover, Mass. (Hammel Court)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 59, Merrimack College 55
Records: SNHU 5-0 (2-0 NE10), Merrimack 4-2 (0-2 NE10)
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) notched her third double-double of the season, including a career-high 31 points, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team remained perfect with a 59-55 road victory at Merrimack College on Tuesday evening at Hammel Court.
- Lorenzen made 14 of her 28 shot attempts from the field and all three from the stripe, while matching her career best with 16 rebounds and handing out three assists.
- Classmate Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) filled the stat sheet with five points (2-11 FG, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks.
- Lindsay Werner led three Warriors in double figures with 16 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In an opening quarter that saw neither team lead by more than four, Southern New Hampshire held a 10-6 advantage when a Werner jumper and an Alyssa Casey 3-pointer flipped Merrimack into the lead at 11-10 at the end of the first.
- The Penmen trailed by three just over two minutes into the second quarter when five straight points from Lorenzen carried a 10-4 run – with seven total points coming from Lorenzen – that opened a 22-19 lead for SNHU with 13 ticks left on the clock. A Karlee Alves trifecta as time expired knotted the contest at 22-all going to the locker room.
- Merrimack used an 11-2 rush – with five points from Werner and four from Denia Davis-Stewart – that spanned the middle of the third quarter to seize a 33-26 lead with 3:32 remaining. A personal 8-3 run for Lorenzen pulled the Penmen back within two at 36-34 with 1:10 to go. The gap was five in the waning seconds, when sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) drained a jumper to trim the SNHU deficit to 41-38 heading to the final frame.
- A pair of 3s from Mayson Kimball and Alves increased the Merrimack advantage to 47-40 less than a minute in, but the Penmen responded with seven-in-a-row – capped by a three-point play from Camara – to even the score at 47-47 with 8:04 to play. After a Casey jumper put the Warriors back in front, a triple from junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) gave Southern New Hampshire the lead for good with 7:36 remaining, as it sparked an 8-0 charge that stretched the Penmen lead to 55-49 with 4:29 on the clock.
- Two Kimball buckets slashed the Merrimack deficit to a pair, but Lorenzen came up with a big hoop to make it a two-possession game at 57-53 with just 16 seconds remaining. The Warriors would get back within two, but junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) sealed the win with a pair of free throws with four seconds to play.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 37.9 percent (22-58) to 35.3 percent (24-68), including 31.8 percent (7-22) to 6.3 percent (1-16) from beyond the arc.
- SNHU was plus-6 from the stripe and was narrowly outshot, 80 percent (4-5) to 76.9 percent (10-13).
- The Penmen owned the glass (49-33) and piled up more second chance points (11-2), while points off mistakes (11-11) and assist-to-turnover ratio (14/17) were even.
- Sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) tallied six points (3-5 FG), three boards and three assists.
- Terry recorded five points (1-6 FG, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench.
- Russell posted four points (1-5 FG, 2-3 FT) and five boards.
- Freshman Danielle Sirois (Pelham, N.H.) chipped in three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and four rebounds in six minutes of action.
- The Penmen held Werner, Merrimack's leading scorer, without a point in the fourth quarter.
- Southern New Hampshire begins the season 5-0 for the first time since 2015-16.
- This was SNHU's first road game of the season.
- Lorenzen's double-double is the 27th of her career. It is also her 20th 20-point performance and the second time she has scored 30 or more.
- Lorenzen's 31 points move her past Jen Ryan (1993-97) and into fourth place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,365 points. Her 16 boards also push her past Tiffany Bryant (1991-95) and into ninth place on the school's all-time rebounding list with 705.
- Camara is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game through the first five 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 11 of her last 12 games, including seven straight.
- The Penmen return to action Sunday, Nov. 25 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to Chestnut Hill College at the Stan Spirou 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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