MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team opens the Northeast-10 Tournament on Sunday (Feb. 26) as it travels to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University for a quarterfinal round matchup. The fourth-seeded Ravens and fifth-seeded Ravens are slated to tip off at 1:30 pm at Franklin Pierce's Fieldhouse.
Ticket prices, as set by the Northeast-10, are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and seniors and $1.00 for students of Northeast-10 institutions with valid ID. Fans unable to make the trip to Rindge can follow the game via free video and audio webcasts provided by Franklin Pierce.
Southern New Hampshire finished the regular season 19-9 overall and 14-8 in the Northeast-10 to earn the fifth seed, the highest in six trips to the NE-10 tourney. The Penmen, who will be looking to avenge two regular-season losses to the Ravens, are led by NE-10 Second Team selection Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine), who is averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 58.1% from the floor. NE-10 Third Team choice Christine Duffy (South Boston, Mass.) leads Division II at 8.4 assists per game while also recording 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) has knocked down a team-best 48 three-pointers and is scoring at a 10.0 ppg clip.
Franklin Pierce, which won five of six to close out the regular season, enters Sunday with an 18-8 overall record and a 15-7 league mark. The Ravens are led by 2010-11 NE-10 Player of the Year and 2011-12 First Team All-Conference selection Jewel White, who is averaging 16.8 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, while Marielle Giroud, the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year, is adding 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
The Ravens posted a 63-51 win in Manchester on November 30, then completed the regular-season sweep with a 67-62 win in Rindge on February 8. In the first matchup, Franklin Pierce led by as many as 17 in the second half, with White leading the way with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Sorrell led the Penmen with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. The rematch was a tighter affair, seeing six ties, eight lead changes and neither side leading by more than seven, with the hosts outscoring SNHU 12-6 over the final five minutes. White again led FPU with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Giroud added 16 points. Sorrell was 12-15 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds, while Duffy handed out a career-high 16 assists.
Sunday's winner will advance to face either top-seeded Bentley, eighth-seeded American International or ninth-seeded Stonehill in a semifinal on Thursday, March 1. Franklin Pierce is seeking its fifth-straight trip to the semifinal round, while Southern New Hampshire is looking for its first-ever semifinal appearance since joining the Northeast-10 prior to the 2000-01 season.
2012 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Basketball Championship
1. Bentley (24-3, 20-2 NE-10)
2. Southern Connecticut (22-4, 19-3 NE-10)
3. Pace (19-7, 16-6 NE-10)
4. Franklin Pierce (18-8, 15-7 NE-10)
5. Southern New Hampshire (19-9, 14-8 NE-10)
6. Assumption (17-9, 14-8 NE-10)
7. Saint Rose (17-9, 14-8 NE-10)
8. American International (12-14, 11-11 NE-10)
9. Stonehill (13-13, 9-13 NE-10)
10. Saint Michael's (12-14, 9-13 NE-10)
Friday, February 24
Game 1: No. 10 Saint Michael's at No. 7 Saint Rose – 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: No. 9 Stonehill at No. 8 American International – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26
Game 3: Game 2 winner at No. 1 Bentley – 1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner at No. 2 Southern Connecticut – 1:00 p.m.
Game 5: No. 6 Assumption at No. 3 Pace – 1:00 p.m.
Game 6: No. 5 Southern New Hampshire at No. 4 Franklin Pierce – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 3 winner – 7:00 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 4 winner – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 winner – 1:00 p.m.