MANCHESTER, N.H. - Jenny McDade (Derry, N.H.) scored 13 points to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 56-47 non-conference women's basketball victory over Assumption College at the SNHU Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. The Penmen, who remained unbeaten at home this season (5-0), improved to 7-4 overall. The Greyhounds, who are receiving votes in the latest WBCA Division II poll, saw a four-game win streak snapped and are now 7-2 on the season.
McDade, who was limited to 20 minutes as she was hampered by foul trouble, canned a pair of three-pointers and was 5-6 at the free throw line. She also added four rebounds and four steals. Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) added 10 points, while Ashara Carrington (Marblehead, Mass.) totaled nine points and 13 rebounds. Libby Cullerot (Henniker, N.H.) drained a pair of threes and finished with eight points, while Andrea Lozeau (Pelham, N.H.) notched seven points.
Gabrielle Gibson was the lone Greyhound in double figures as she totaled 15 points. Katy Howard added eight points for Assumption.
SNHU led 30-17 at halftime and 38-21 four minutes into the second half following a pair of free throws by Sorrell, but the guests would hold the Penmen to just one field goal in a stretch of 8:27 to pull within three, 40-37, with 7:31 to play on a Gibson layup. On the next Penmen possession, Lozeau knocked down a three, and another three by Cullerot with 5:46 to play allowed Southern New Hampshire to reclaim a nine-point advantage, 48-39. Assumption would cut the lead to five twice, the latest on a Molly Griffiths layup with 1:26 left, but Sorrell would counter with a layup on the hosts' next possession, and the Penmen would knock down four free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Assumption led just twice in the game's opening minutes, the last time on a Howard three with 14:03 left in the first half that gave the Greyhounds an 8-6 lead. The Penmen used a 9-0 run capped by a Carrington basket with 6:17 left in the frame that gave them a 20-11 lead. That was part of a larger 19-6 run to close out the first half, and a three by Cullerot with just under a minute left gave the Penmen a 30-17 halftime lead.
The Penmen continued their stellar defensive play, holding Assumption to just 19.4% shooting in the first half and 30.3% for the game while the Greyhounds connected on just three of their 19 three-point attempts. SNHU was 12-24 from the floor in the first half and were 6-14 behind the arc and 12-15 at the free throw line. Assumption was just 4-11 at the free throw line. The Penmen overcame 24 turnovers by outrebounding the Greyhounds 42-32.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday, December 29, when it faces Dowling College in the first round of the Dowling Holiday Tournament in a 4:00 contest.