RINDGE, N.H. – Marielle Giroud totaled 20 of her 27 points in the first half as fourth-seeded Franklin Pierce University downed No. 5 seed Southern New Hampshire University 85-66 in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Women's Basketball Championship Sunday afternoon at The Fieldhouse. The Ravens improve to 19-8 and advance to face top-seeded Bentley University in Thursday's semifinals. SNHU sees its season come to a close at 19-10.
Giroud finished 8-11 from the floor and 10-12 at the free throw line. Jewel White finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Ravens, who also got 11 points from Tiffany Johnson and 10 from Brittany Martelle.
Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire with 15 points and four assists, which also got 14 points and six rebounds from Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine). Megan Smith (Smithfield, Maine) recorded nine points, while Erin Baldwin (Fairhaven, Mass.) notched eight points.
Franklin Pierce opened the game with unanswered points, holding the Penmen scoreless for nearly eight minutes before a three by Deborah Lavalley (Rochester, N.H.) got Southern New Hampshire on the board. The Ravens took their largest lead, 42-18, 3:06 before intermission on a Martelle basket, but SNHU closed the half on a 12-3 run and a layup by DeRoma with 19 seconds left made it 45-30 at halftime.
The two teams traded baskets early in the second half, and a fast-break layup by Smith cut FPU's lead to 14, 52-38, three minutes into the period. That would be as close as the Penmen would get, as they led by as many as 27 over the final 20 minutes.
Franklin Pierce shot 61.5% in the first half and 54.7% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 37.9% shooting over the final 20 minutes and 41.5% for the game. The hosts held a 37-25 rebounding advantage and were 22-28 at the free throw line while SNHU was 16-23 at the stripe.
SNHU's 19 wins are its most since the 1989-90 season.