When and Where: February 25, 2018 – New Haven, Conn. (Moore Field House)
Score: Southern Connecticut State University 75, Southern New Hampshire University 64
Records: SCSU 21-8, SNHU 17-12
Sophomore Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored all 12 of her points in the second half to chop a 23-point deficit down to seven, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team would fall short against Southern Connecticut State University, 75-64, Sunday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinal matchup at the Moore Field House.
Southern New Hampshire, seeded fourth in the Northeast Division, likely sees its season come to an end, while Southern Connecticut, the Southwest's top seed, will host Bentley University, the second seed in the Northeast, in the semifinals on Thursday, March 1.
Terry was 4-for-8 from the field – with all of it coming from behind the arc – to go with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Senior Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) led the team with 13 points (4-15 FG, 2-10 3-FG, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal, while classmate Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) equaled Terry's 12 points (6-9 FG).
Abby Hurlbert led all scorers with a dazzling 38-point (11-20 FG, 7-11 3-FG, 9-10 FT) performance for the Owls.
The Penmen scored the first five points of the game and held a 13-7 advantage just past the midway point of the opening quarter when Hurlbert scored 11 points to carry a 17-6 run that ended the stanza with the Owls in front, 24-19.
With the gap at eight more than two minutes into the second quarter, five straight points from sophomore Tessa Stewart Morrison (Ashburton, New Zealand) trimmed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 27-24 at the 6:39 mark. From there, however, it was all Southern Connecticut for the rest of the quarter, as it closed the half with a 22-5 blitz – with nine from Hurlbert – to bring a 49-29 lead into the locker room.
Hurlbert opened the second-half scoring with a three-point play that gave the Owls their largest lead of the contest at 53-29 just over a minute in. The margin was 22 just inside of the two-minute mark, when 3-pointers from junior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) and Terry powered a 7-2 flurry that whittled the Penmen deficit to 61-44 going to the final frame.
The Southern Connecticut lead was still 17 more than a minute into the fourth quarter when a trio of Terry triples led a 15-5 blitz that pulled the Penmen within 69-62 with 3:44 on the clock. Following another defensive stop by Southern New Hampshire, a no-call on a layup by freshman Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.), followed by a trey from Hurlbert and a Penmen turnover, killed all momentum, as the Owls salted the game away.
Junior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.), who fouled out late in the game, recorded seven points (2-3 FG, 3-4 FT) and 11 rebounds, while Camara posted six points (2-11 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 1-1 FT) and six boards. Stewart Morrison finished with a career-high five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3-FG), while senior Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) also chipped in five points (1-1 FG, 3-4 FT).
-The Penmen fall short of their first-ever NE10 semifinal and are now 3-7 (.300) all-time in the NE10 Championship.
-SNHU scored the exact same number of points it did in an 11-point win on the Owls' home floor back on Jan. 6, but gave up 22 more.
-Southern New Hampshire actually outshot Southern Connecticut, 40 percent (22-55) to 38.6 percent (22-57), while SCSU returned the favor from long distance in a big way, 52 percent (13-25) to 29.6 percent (8-27). SNHU was also slightly better from the line, 85.7 percent (12-14) to 81.8 percent (18-22).
-The Penmen won the glass, 39-30, but the Owls featured a much better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/7-8/14) and held a 20-0 advantage in points off mistakes.
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