MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) totaled 17 points as Southern New Hampshire completed a season sweep of Saint Anselm College with a 59-48 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory Tuesday night at Stoutenurgh Gymnasium. The Penmen improve to 17-5 overall and 12-4 in the NE-10, while the Hawks are now 12-10 and 6-10 in the league.
The win, coupled with Pace's 61-58 loss to American International, moves Southern New Hampshire into a tie for third in the Northeast-10 standings.
Sorrell finished 8-11 from the floor to lead three Penmen in double figures. Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) was 3-5 behind the arc and finished with 11 points, while Victoria Wiseman (Montreal, Quebec) recorded nine of her 11 points in the first half. Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) finished with nine points and eight assists, while Brooke Springfield (Jaffrey, N.H.) added eight points.
Tori Lehr led Saint Anselm with 14 points on 7-13 shooting, while Briana Jones finished with 12 points,, going 8-8 at the free throw line.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 13-6 lead eight and a half minutes into the game, but the Penmen used a 7-0 spurt to tie the game on a DeRoma jumper at the 9:29 mark. Southern New Hampshire took the lead for good, 16-15, on a DeRoma three 8:46 before halftime. SNHU closed the half on a 10-2 run and a three by Springfield with 19 seconds left gave the guests a 28-19 halftime lead.
Southern New Hampshire opened the second half on a 12-2 run and three straight three-pointers capped by a DeRoma trifecta at the 17:20 mark gave the Penmen a 40-21 lead. SNHU took its largest lead, 49-27, with just over 12 minutes remaining on a Duffy layup that capped a 7-0 run. Saint Anselm would cut the lead to 11 three times over the final 3:26 but would get no closer.
The Penmen shot 60% (12-20) over the final 20 minutes and 57.5% for the game, including a 7-13 effort from three-point land. Saint Anselm shot 42.5% for the contest and made 12 of its 13 free throw attempts, while SNHU was 6-8 at the line. The guests held a 20-18 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire hosts UMass Lowell Saturday afternoon in a 1:30 Northeast-10 contest. Saturday's game is the annual "Penmen Pink Day" for breast cancer awareness.