When and Where: January 23, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 70, College of Saint Rose 45
Records: SNHU 11-7 (5-6 NE10), Saint Rose 10-8 (3-8 NE10)
Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) scored a career-high 15 points and senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) notched a double-double, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team sank a season-best 13 3-pointers and pulled away from the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday evening for a 70-45 victory at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Ziliak made five of her 10 shots from the floor, as she went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc, to go with a career-best six assists and three rebounds.
- Lorenzen posted 15 points (5-14 FG, 5-6 FT), 11 boards and two assists.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) netted 12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), while grabbing two rebounds and dishing a pair of helpers.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-6 3-FG), nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Courtney Clasen led the Golden Knights with 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 1-2 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game began with four lead changes and a pair of ties before a balanced 8-2 run – sparked by a Ziliak 3-pointer – put Southern New Hampshire in front, 15-10, with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Penmen ended the stanza with a 15-12 edge.
- After Saint Rose pulled within one on its first possession, SNHU responded with an 18-6 run – with the final eight points coming from junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – that ballooned its lead to 33-20 with 2:43 to go before the break. The Penmen would head into halftime with a 36-24 advantage.
- Southern New Hampshire scored nine straight to begin the third quarter – capped by a Ziliak triple – to expand its lead to 45-24, more than three minutes in, but Saint Rose responded with a 9-2 run to end the third quarter and trim its deficit to 47-33.
- The Golden Knights pulled to within 10 at 50-40 less than two minutes into the final frame when SNHU embarked on a 20-2 blitz – buoyed by five 3-pointers and led by six points from Camara, and five from Lorenzen – to break open the game at 70-42 with under two minutes remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Rose, 38.7 percent (24-62) to 33.3 percent (19-57), including 48.1 percent (13-27) to 16.7 percent (3-18) from long range.
- SNHU was also plus-5 at the line and shot it much better, 75 percent (9-12) to 40 percent (4-10).
- The Penmen won the glass (44-35), scored more points off mistakes (18-14), took advantage with more second chance points (7-2) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (20/15-11/16). The Golden Knights captured the paint (28-16).
- Terry scored eight points (3-7 FG, 2-5 3-FG) and made two steals.
- Junior Amanda Kelly (Bethpage, N.Y.) chimed in with two points (1-3 FG), five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 11 minutes off the bench.
- Southern New Hampshire has won five of its last eight, while Saint Rose has now lost four straight.
- SNHU improves to 9-2 at home, where it has won four-in-a-row.
- Lorenzen's eighth double-double of the season is the 32nd of her career.
- Russell has scored in double figures in five straight contests, averaging 12.0 points per game over that span, while twice matching her career high.
- Lorenzen, who is second on the program's all-time scoring list and third on the rebounding list, is now 130 and 86 away from the respective top marks.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on American International College.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Tuesday, Jan. 29 (5:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Adelphi University at the Stan Spirou Field House in game that will air on both FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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