American Int’l Pulls Away From Women’s Basketball to Remain Unbeaten


When and Where: January 10, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
American International College 74, Southern New Hampshire University 48
AIC 15-0 (8-0 Northeast-10), SNHU 10-5 (4-5 Northeast-10)

Junior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Mass.) scored a team-high 11 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team fell to undefeated American International College, 74-48, on Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Ryan, who had missed the previous two games with an injury, went 3-for-8 from the field – all behind the arc – and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the line, while stuffing the stat sheet with four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. 

Brianna Bishop led the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 20 points.

After four different scorers helped American Int'l jump out to a 10-3 lead 6:23 into the contest, a 3-pointer from Ryan would make it a four-point game, but four straight points from Dana Watts later on sparked a 6-0 run that opened the AIC lead to 21-11 with under a minute to go. The Yellow Jackets would lead 21-13 after one quarter of play. 

Southern New Hampshire would trim its deficit to five to begin the second stanza, but four straight points from Jayda Gilmore powered a 7-1 rush that gave AIC its largest lead of the half at 29-17 nearly three minutes in. The Penmen would respond with a 10-3 counter-run that featured four points from sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) and pulled them within five at the 2:08 mark. American Int'l would head into the break with a 34-27 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets would outscore Southern New Hampshire in the third quarter as they scored the final 11 points of the frame to open up a 52-33 lead going into the final period. 

The Penmen would not get closer than 18, with AIC eventually taking its largest lead of the day at 77-40 with 3:16 on the clock.

Sophomore Olivia Conrad (Hanover, Mass.) netted eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), while freshman Aaliyah Paxton (Hainesport, N.J.) tallied seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), two assists and two blocks. Shelp finished with six points (3-8 FG), with senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) adding five points (2-10 FG, 1-3 FT), six boards, three steals and a pair of assists. Freshman Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) chipped in five points (5-6 FT), three rebounds, two helpers and two steals. 

-American Int'l outshot Southern New Hampshire, 47.6 percent (30-63) to 35.6 percent (16-45), including 50 percent (15-30) to 29.2 percent (7-24) in the second half and 66.7 percent (6-9) to 30.8 percent (4-13) from long range overall.
-The Penmen were 12 of 19 (63.2%) at the stripe, while the Yellow Jackets were 8 of 15 (53.3%).
-AIC captured the glass, 39-27, including 14-7 on the offensive end for a 14-6 gap in second chance points. The Yellow Jackets also owned the paint, 34-18, and parlayed a season-high 28 SNHU turnovers into a 27-15 margin in points off turnovers, giving it away 16 times themselves. 

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Jan. 16 (1:30 p.m.) when they hit the road to take on Adelphi University. Penmen alumni near Garden City, N.Y., can attend the "Penmen on the Road" community reception during the women's and men's basketball games for just $5, which includes tickets to both games. For more information and to reserve your spot, click HERE. The next home game for the Penmen is Saturday, Jan. 23 (1:30 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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