When and Where: February 9, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 67, Stonehill College 62
Records: SNHU 15-8 (9-7 NE10), Stonehill 15-7 (10-6 NE10)
Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) scored a game- and career-high 16 points to lead four scorers in double figures, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team scored a huge, 67-62 victory over Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at the Stan Spirou Field House, as the team celebrated its 14th annual Penmen Pink Day.
- Ziliak was an efficient 5 of 9 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and 2 of 2 at the stripe, to go with three rebounds and a pair of steals.
- Junior Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) posted 14 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 3-3 FT), three rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes off the bench.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) netted 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-6 FT) and collected two rebounds.
- Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) was also in double figures with 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds and two assists.
- Kayla Raymond was in double digits for the Skyhawks with 11 points (4-19 FG, 1-9 3-FG, 2-2 FT), 11 boards, two assists and two steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire, which twice led by four over the opening four-and-a-half-plus minutes, held a 10-8 edge when a pair of free throws from senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) and a Russell layup extended the advantage to 14-8 with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter. A Gabrielle Reuter bucket in the final minute cut the Stonehill deficit to 14-10 at the end of one.
- SNHU took control to start the second stanza, with an 8-0 rush – powered by five from sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) and three from Ziliak – that opened up a 22-10 lead in the first 1:45. The Skyhawks would nudge within single digits less than three minutes later, but a 7-1 spurt – led by five from Dean – gave the Penmen their largest lead of the game at 36-21 with 3:50 on the clock. Six straight from Stonehill again made it a nine-point game before Southern New Hampshire eventually carried a 40-30 advantage into the break.
- Stonehill scored the first four points of the second half to make it a six-point game, but a 9-2 run – with all nine coming courtesy of Dean – re-established a double-digit lead for the Penmen at 49-36 with 5:23 left in the third quarter. With the margin still 13 over a minute later, a balanced 11-1 blitz – featuring five different scorers – to end the stanza pulled Stonehill within 52-49.
- Five straight from Ziliak, followed by a nifty layup from Camara, extended the SNHU advantage to 59-49 just two minutes into the final frame, before back-to-back 3s from Jennifer Worden made it a four-point game at 59-55 with 6:21 remaining. That would be as close as the Skyhawks would get, as layups from Russell and Lorenzen nudged the lead to eight just past the midway point of the stanza. The gap was still eight in the final seconds when Stonehill hit a triple to close it to five.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Stonehill, 42.6 percent (23-54) to 32.4 percent (22-68), including 44.4 percent (8-18) to 27.6 percent (8-29) from long range and 50 percent (6-12) to 26.3 percent (5-19) in the fourth quarter.
- SNHU was also plus-3 at the line, despite being outshot there, 71.4 percent (10-14) to 61.9 percent (13-21).
- The Penmen captured the paint (28-18), while the Skyhawks won the glass (43-38), including the offensive side (13-5), and piled up more points off mistakes (25-7) and second chance points (12-5), in addition to crafting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/15-13/18).
- Camara tallied seven points (2-9 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
- Deyo notched five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG), five boards, two steals and a pair of blocks.
- Southern New Hampshire has now won five of its last six, while Stonehill has lost two straight.
- The win snaps a four-game skid for the Penmen versus the Skyhawks, with SNHU last winning a game in the series Dec. 7, 2016 with a 73-61 road victory. It vanquishes an even longer losing streak at home, where Southern New Hampshire had lost six-in-a-row to Stonehill, dating back to a 66-59 win for SNHU on Feb. 14, 2012.
- The Penmen improve to 11-2 at the Stan Spirou Field House this season and have now captured six straight there.
- The triumph helps SNHU keep pace with Merrimack College for the fourth-place slot in the NE10 Northeast Division standings, as both teams move to within a game of Stonehill for the third spot and two games back of Saint Anselm College for the second spot. Five contests remain on the docket for the Penmen, including showdowns with both Merrimack and Saint Anselm.
- Lorenzen, who is second on the program's all-time scoring list and third on the rebounding list, is now 40 and 42 away from the respective top marks.
- SNHU held its 14th annual Penmen Pink Day, raising breast cancer awareness, while also providing a portion of the proceeds from the day to Catholic Medical Center's Breast Care Center, among other organizations.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 13 (5:30 p.m.) when they take on Bentley University in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Feb. 16 (1:30 p.m.) when it takes on Merrimack College at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will be broadcast on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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