When and Where: December 29, 2018 – Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. (Victory Hall Sports Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 82, Mercy College 41
Records: SNHU 8-4, Mercy 3-9
Senior Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) amassed a game-high 27 points, as the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team showed no signs of rust after a two-week layoff with an 82-41 victory over Mercy College on Saturday afternoon at the Victory Hall Sports Center.
- Lorenzen shot 11 of 17 from the field and 5 of 6 from the stripe, while grabbing nine rebounds and making two steals.
- Senior Brianna Camara (Fall River, Mass.) was also in double figures with 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 1-1 FT), a career-high six steals, five rebounds and three assists.
- Amber Brown led the way for the Mavericks with 13 points (4-17 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 4-6 FT) and six rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire opened the game on a 16-4 run over the initial 4:25, with five different scorers contributing. Lorenzen paced the Penmen with six points, while Camara and junior Molly Terry (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each connected on a 3-pointer. SNHU then went scoreless over the ensuing 4:08 until Lorenzen converted another bucket and the visitors would close the first quarter with an 18-8 advantage.
- The Penmen had nudged their lead to 13 at 27-14 with just over three minutes remaining before the break when an 11-2 burst sent them to the locker room on top of Mercy, 38-16. Lorenzen's four points during the stretch led four different SNHU scorers.
- Southern New Hampshire picked up where it left off, beginning the third quarter with 24 consecutive points before Mercy finally made a basket with 1:15 on the clock. Triples from Camara and Terry would cap the 30-2 landslide stanza and send the Penmen to the final frame with a 68-18 lead. Eight different Penmen scored during the quarter, with Camara and Lorenzen guiding the way with eight and seven points, respectively.
- The Penmen would take their largest lead of the game at 74-21 with 8:22 to go, but Mercy would outscore them, 20-8, the rest of the way to close the final gap.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Mercy, 47.1 percent (32-68) to 18.8 percent (12-64), including 61.1 percent (11-18) to 5.9 percent (1-17) in the third stanza and 38.9 percent (7-18) to 10 percent (2-20) from long distance.
- Mercy was plus-4 at the line, but SNHU shot it better, 84.6 percent (11-13) to 68.2 percent (15-22).
- The Penmen dominated the glass (58-33) and the paint (44-18), piled up more points off mistakes (30-6) and second chance points (13-4), and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (19/21-5/21).
- During a 40-8 run that spanned the second and third quarters, Southern New Hampshire held Mercy without a field goal for 17:14 of game action.
- Terry netted nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3-FG) and collected three rebounds.
- Junior Amanda Kelly (Bethpage, N.Y.) posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and nine boards.
- Sophomore Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) chimed in with five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3-FG) and eight rebounds.
- Junior Karlee Ziliak (Evansville, Ind.) tallied four points (2-3 FG), four assists and a pair of rebounds.
- Freshman Jenna Roche (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in four points (2-3 FG) and three assists.
- Sophomore Gyanna Russell (E. Hampton, Conn.) also added four points (1-4 FG, 2-2 FT).
- Southern New Hampshire has now won two straight contests, spanning two weeks.
- The 41-point margin of victory is the largest for the Penmen since Dec. 10, 2012, when they won at Mercy by 47 points, 89-42.
- It is the seventh time this year Lorenzen has scored 20 or more points and the 24th time she has reached the plateau in her career.
- The Penmen return to action Sunday, Dec. 30 (1 p.m.) when they take on the New York Institute of Technology.
- The next home game for SNHU is Sunday, Jan. 6 (1:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Queens (N.Y.) College at the Field House.
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