When and Where: February 23, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 75, College of Saint Rose 62
Records: SNHU 17-11, Saint Rose 10-17
Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) submitted a monster effort Friday evening, posting 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team to a 75-62 victory over the College of Saint Rose in the first round of the Northeast-10 Championship at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Southern New Hampshire, seeded fourth in the Northeast Division, advances to take on Southern Connecticut State University, the Southwest's top seed, while Saint Rose, the No. 5 seed in the Southwest, sees its season come to a close.
Lorenzen, who scored 17 after halftime, shot 11 of 19 from the floor and 4 of 7 at the line, while matching her career high with the 16 boards and dishing a pair of assists. Senior Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) recorded 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three steals, with junior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) adding 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 4-6 FT) and seven rebounds.
Ashley Vanderwall paced four Golden Knights in double figures with 15 points, while Takora McIntyre netted 13.
Saint Rose trailed by a pair just over three minutes into the contest when eight straight gave it a 10-4 lead just past the midway point of the opening quarter. The Penmen responded in a big way, ripping off a 14-3 run – sparked by a 3-pointer from Camara – to seize an 18-13 advantage with over a half-minute to play in the quarter. Four each from Lorenzen and freshman Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.), in addition to a big 3-pointer from sophomore Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.), made up the game-changing stretch. The Golden Knights would trim the deficit to 18-15 going to the second stanza.
The Penmen would pick up where they left off, receiving six points from Shelp as part of a 10-2 run to begin the quarter and open up a 28-17 advantage nearly five minutes in. With the margin still 11 in the final minute, a triple from Vanderwall cut the SNHU halftime lead to 32-24.
The Southern New Hampshire lead was 42-33 past the halfway point of the third quarter when nine straight points, including four from Lorenzen, gave the hosts their largest lead of the contest at 51-33 with 2:31 left. An 8-2 counter-run – with five points from Vanderwall – pulled Saint Rose within 12 and it would head to the final frame trailing, 55-43.
After a three-point play from senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) to begin the quarter pushed the lead to 15, an 11-3 burst – with four points each from McIntyre and Leah Dollard – slashed the Saint Rose deficit to seven at 61-54 with 6:31 to go. The visitors would later use a 6-0 spurt to get within five at 67-62 with 2:37 on the clock, but six straight from the Penmen would seal the win.
Stinson registered seven points (3-13 FG, 1-1 FT) and eight boards, while freshman Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) collected six points (3-9 FG) and six rebounds. Terry also chipped in six points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3-FG), with Russell adding five (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT).
-The Penmen were hosting their first NE10 postseason game in program history.
-SNHU is now 3-6 (.333) all-time in the NE10 Championship and earns its first win since a 59-58 first round triumph over Stonehill College on April 27, 2011.
-Lorenzen's double-double is her 12th of the season and 24th of her career.
-Lorenzen, who is currently 10 points shy of the No. 6 spot on the program's all-time scoring list, entered the top 10 on the career rebounding list, passing Sara Tucker (626) for 10th with 638 boards.
-Saint Rose outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46.9 percent (23-49) to 38.2 percent (29-76), from the field, 38.5 percent (5-13) to 23.1 percent (3-13) from long distance and 73.3 percent (11-15) to 63.6 percent (14-22) from the stripe.
-The Penmen dominated the glass, 53-25, including 28-3 on the offensive end for a 29-7 boon in second chance points, captured the paint (46-24), turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (4/9-6/16) and held a 15-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Penmen return to action Sunday, Feb. 25 (3 p.m.) when they travel to take on the Southwest's top seed, Southern Connecticut State, in an NE10 Championship quarterfinal tilt at the Moore Fieldhouse. The game will air on WGIR 610-AM in the Greater Manchester area.
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