MANCHESTER, N.H. - Julia Houghtaling (Franconia, NH) finished with a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 76-61 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Assumption College Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen, who are currently ranked No. 9 in the East Region, improved to 16-10 overall and 11-10 in the NE-10, while the Greyhounds are 15-11 and 13-8 in the league.
Houghtaling was 6-9 from the floor and 10-12 at the free throw line. Christine Duffy (South Boston, MA) matched her career high with 14 points while also handing out five assists. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester, NH) scored 13 points, while Ashara Carrington (Marblehead, MA) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Trish Gardner paced Assumption with 11 points, while Bethany Plasski and Leslie Lupien added 10 points apiece for the Greyhounds.
Southern New Hampshire led wire-to-wire and opened up a 14-5 lead just over six minutes into the game following a three by Megan Shay (Candor, NY). Assumption used a 7-2 run to pull within six, 22-16, on a basket by Lupien with 5:58 before halftime, but the Penmen went on a 13-3 run and a pair of free throws by Carrington at the 2:48 mark gave SNHU a 35-19 lead. The hosts held a 41-25 lead at intermission following a layup at the buzzer by Duffy.
The Penmen increased their lead to 20 three times early in the second half, the last coming at the 12:28 mark on a Duffy three-pointer that made it 54-34. The Greyhounds would use a 12-2 run capped by a Pam Mobley basket with 8:40 left to pull within 10. Assumption would cut the lead to 10 two more times down the stretch, the last coming with 2:39 left to play on a basket by Plasski, but would get no closer.
Southern New Hampshire held a commanding 41-25 rebounding advantage and was 25-28 (89.3%) at the free throw line for the game, while Assumption was 17-26 at the stripe. The Penmen shot 54.5% from the floor in the second half and 48% for the game while limiting the guests to 37% shooting for the game.
SNHU closes out the regular season Tuesday night when it hosts UMass Lowell in a 5:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
NOTES: SNHU improved to 13-4 overall when it holds teams to under 40% shooting from the floor this season...Alyssa Whitney (Somerville, MA) moved into a tie for ninth place on SNHU's career assist list...with 265 helpers, she is tied with Houghton...the Penmen, who are currently 10th in the Northeast-10 standings, can still earn a first-round NE-10 Tournament home game , but need a win Tuesday.