MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sloane Sorrell (Berwick, Maine) and Victoria Wiseman (Montreal, Quebec) each finished with 16 points as Southern New Hampshire University held off Saint Anselm College for a 66-54 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory at the SNHU Fieldhouse Wednesday night. The Penmen improved to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in the NE-10, while the Hawks are now 4-16 and 1-15 in the league.
Sorrell was 6-8 from the floor and also grabbed seven rebounds, while Wiseman was 8-9 at the free throw line and 4-9 from the floor off the bench. Michelle DeRoma (West Roxbury, Mass.) knocked down a pair of three pointers and added 14 points, while Deb Lavalley (Rochester, N.H.) notched eight points.
Briana Jones paced Saint Anselm with 14 points, while Raquel Johnson was 6-9 from the floor and tallied 12 points.
After trailing by 19 at halftime and by as many as 21 in the second half, Saint Anselm used a 20-4 run capped by a Jones basket with 8:19 to go to pull within five, 48-43. The Hawks cut the lead to three twice, the last time on a Johnson basket with 4:53 left that made it 54-51. The Penmen held the guests without a field goal the rest of the way, and closed the game on a 12-3 run.
The Penmen trailed three times by two in the game's opening minutes, but took the lead for good with 15:16 left in the first half on a three-pointer by Lavalley. SNHU used an 8-0 run to build a 22-11 lead with 9:32 to go before intermission capped by Lavalley's layup and the hosts took their largest lead, 38-17, with 2:21 left on a DeRoma three. The Penmen took a 38-19 lead into the locker room.
Southern New Hampshire shot 55.6% in the opening 20 minutes and 45.7% for the game while the Hawks shot 41.2% for the contest. The Penmen took 10 more trips to the free throw line and were 20-25 at the charity stripe while Saint Anselm was 11-15. SNHU committed 12 turnovers, its second lowest giveaway total of the season, while both teams grabbed 30 rebounds.
SNHU returns to action Saturday afternoon when it travels to UMass Lowell for a 2:00 Northeast-10 contest.