When and Where: February 20, 2018 – Worcester, Mass. (Laska Gymnasium)
Score: Assumption College 79, Southern New Hampshire University 61
Records: Assumption 10-16 (7-14 NE10), SNHU 16-11 (12-9 NE10)
Senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) scored 15 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team dropped its regular-season finale to Assumption College, 79-61, Tuesday evening at Laska Gymnasium.
Stinson knocked down six of her 12 attempts from the floor, including one of three tries from long range, and two of three free throws. Freshman Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) joined her in double figures with 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), to go along with three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Morgan O'Donnell led all scorers with 23 points for the Greyhounds.
Southern New Hampshire scored the first four points of the contest and led, 7-3, when Assumption responded with an 18-5 burst – with seven points from Morgan O'Brien pacing five scorers – to open up a 21-12 advantage with just over a half-minute to go. A layup just before the buzzer from junior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) would trim the SNHU deficit to 21-14 going to the second stanza. Temi Falayi's layup with 1:49 to play in the opening quarter gave the Greyhounds the lead for good at 14-12.
A 7-2 spurt from the Penmen early in the second quarter slashed the gap to just a pair at 25-23 less than three minutes in, but Assumption answered with eight straight, including four from Meghan Reen – to push the lead to an even 10 at 33-23 with 3:39 to go. Four free throws from Deyo would stop the bleeding, but the Greyhounds came back with a 7-2 spurt – capped by a Reen 3-pointer – to extend their advantage to 41-29. They would take a 41-31 lead into the break.
The Penmen opened the second half with six straight points to pull within 41-37 less than two minutes in. After Assumption made it an eight-point game nearly two minutes later, five straight from Stinson carried SNHU to within one possession at 45-42 with under six minutes left in the third. The two teams would twice trade points before O'Donnell netted four-in-a-row to end the frame with Assumption in front, 53-46.
Southern New Hampshire was within eight more than three minutes into the fourth quarter when a balanced 10-2 burst ballooned the Assumption lead to 71-55 with 4:21 remaining. SNHU would not get closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) tallied eight points (4-10 FG), four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block, while Camara produced seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3-FG) and two assists. Sophomore Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) also scored seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and dished a pair of helpers. Senior Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) chimed in with six points (3-5 FG) and four boards.
-The Penmen officially finish with the No. 4 seed in the NE10 Northeast Division and will play host to the College of Saint Rose, the Southwest's No. 5 seed, in a Northeast-10 Championship first round tilt Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. It will mark the first time the program has ever hosted a postseason contest.
-Assumption outshot Southern New Hampshire, 52.8 percent (28-53) to 40.4 percent (23-57), including 46.7 percent (7-15) to 23.1 percent (3-13) from beyond the arc, while the Penmen were better from the line, 92.3 percent (12-13) to 84.2 percent (16-19).
-The Greyhounds won the glass (35-25) and the paint (38-32), held an 11-2 advantage in second chance points and turned in a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (19/17-12/16).
The Penmen return to action Friday, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.) when they play host to the College of Saint Rose in an NE10 Championship first round match at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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