When and Where: February 17, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 71, Franklin Pierce University 61
Records: SNHU 16-10 (12-8 NE10), Franklin Pierce 4-21 (1-19 NE10)
Senior Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) and sophomore Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each scored 12 points Saturday to lead four scorers in double figures, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team posted a 71-61 victory against in-state rival Franklin Pierce University on Senior Day at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Shelp was an efficient 6 of 8 from the field to go with three rebounds and a pair of assists, while Terry shot 5-for-8, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, while dishing three helpers. Senior Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) came up big in 15 minutes off the bench, contributing 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 FT) and two boards. Junior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Penmen with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3-FG), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Mya Mosley led all scorers with 20 points for the Ravens, while Sophia Holmes added 19.
Trailing by one less than two minutes in, Southern New Hampshire reeled off an 11-2 run – with Shelp's four points leading a quartet of scorers – to seize a 15-7 advantage at the midway point of the opening stanza. After the teams swapped 3-pointers, Franklin Pierce closed the quarter with a 9-2 stretch – with six points from Mosley – to trim its deficit to 20-19.
The Ravens extended their run to 15-4 into the first two minutes of the second quarter, but the Penmen responded by ripping off 18 straight points – with Shelp leading the way with six – to grab a 40-25 lead with 3:13 remaining. SNHU would carry a 43-29 advantage into the break.
The margin was 12 with under three-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter when Southern New Hampshire capped it with a 9-2 burst – with the final four points coming from Conrad – to extend its lead to 58-39.
After a layup from Camara opened the fourth-quarter scoring a minute in to give the Penmen their largest lead of the afternoon at 60-39, Franklin Pierce answered with a 20-7 blitz to slash the deficit to 67-59 with 2:23 remaining. SNHU re-inserted its starters and salted away the rest of the time to earn the win.
Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-1 FT) and six rebounds, while matching her career high with five assists. Senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) also netted nine points (4-11 FG, 1-1 FT) and filled the box score with four blocks, two rebounds and a pair of steals. Freshman Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) chipped in six points (1-5 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 3-4 FT) and four boards.
-The win, combined with Saint Anselm College's 75-72 win at Saint Michael's College, locks the Penmen in as the No. 4 seed in the NE10 Northeast Division, which means it will host a Northeast-10 Championship first round tilt against the Southwest's No. 5 seed Friday, Feb. 23.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce, 41.8 percent (28-67) to 40.7 percent (24-59), from the field, while the Ravens returned the favor from beyond the arc, 33.3 percent (7-21) to 26.3 percent (5-19), and from the line, 100 percent (6-6) to 83.3 percent (10-12).
-The Penmen dominated the glass, 48-28, including 19-6 on the offensive end for a 16-4 margin in second chance points, and captured the paint, 38-20. The Ravens turned in a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/11-15/14) and held a 12-9 advantage in points off mistakes.
-Seniors Shelp, Conrad, Stinson and Mimi MacLeod (Hampton Falls, N.H.) were honored in a ceremony prior to the game.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Feb. 20 (5:30 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College in the regular-season finale. SNHU will then host an NE10 Championship first round match Friday, Feb. 23 against an opponent to be determined.
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