MATARO, Spain – Rising junior Mimi MacLeod (Hampton Falls, N.H.) netted a team-high 12 points and pulled down a pair of rebounds as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team used a fourth quarter rally to top UE Mataro, 62-56, at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Mataro on Saturday.
MacLeod was one of three players in double figures, as she was joined by rising sophomore Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) with 11 points and incoming freshman Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) with 10 points. Lorenzen hauled in a team-best six rebounds, while Dean grabbed two in the win.
The two teams were deadlocked at 14 apiece after one quarter of play before rising junior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) knocked down a three to put the Penmen up 31-29 at the half.
SNHU opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, highlighted by a triple from incoming freshman Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and a transition bucket from rising senior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Mass.) to make it 39-31. Mataro would not go away quietly, however, as it tallied 14 of the game's next 20 points to knot the score at 45-45 with two minutes to play in the third before grabbing a 48-45 lead moving to the fourth.
The see saw affair continued in the fourth, as the Penmen held a 57-54 edge with two minutes to play before MacLeod connected on a long jumper to push the visitors in front, 59-54. After Mataro responded with a bucket of its own, MacLeod found Lorenzen underneath the hoop and she battled through contact to convert the old fashioned three-point play to provide the game's final.
Southern New Hampshire has completed the Barcelona portion of its trip and heads to Rome, Italy on Sunday morning. The Penmen return to action on Wednesday (June 15) when they take on the Lazio Region All-Stars at 8 p.m.
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