Women’s Hoop Rally Falls Short in 66-56 Loss to Stonehill


When and Where: December 12, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Stonehill College 66, Southern New Hampshire University 56
Stonehill 6-3 (3-3 Northeast-10), SNHU 8-2 (4-2 Northeast-10)

Sophomore Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) scored 14 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team lost its second straight game, 66-56, against Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Stinson was 6-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 1-for-2 from the stripe. Junior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Mass.) was also in double figures with 10 points (3-9 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and two assists.

Paige Marshall led Stonehill with a game-best 28 points.

With Southern New Hampshire leading by one early on, an 8-2 run from Stonehill put the Skyhawks on top, 10-5, a little over four minutes in. The Penmen would cut it to a pair, but Stonehill would close the quarter with seven straight points that was part of a larger 9-0 run, which gave them a 20-9 lead at the 9:03 mark of the second.

A 6-0 spurt later in the stanza would slice the Penmen deficit in half at 23-17 midway through, but Stonehill would cap the half with a 12-4 surge – with four points from Maty Diabte – to bring a game-high 35-21 lead into the break.

The Stonehill lead was 13 with under four minutes to go in the third quarter when a Ryan trey sparked a 10-1 run that featured four points from sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, N.Y.) and slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 46-42 with 48 seconds left. The Skyhawks would lead 49-45 after three.

The Penmen would climb as close as 53-50 with 5:36 remaining, but a Martin 3-pointer triggered a 9-2 Stonehill run that pushed the lead to 10 and sealed the win.

Freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) posted eight points (3-4 FG, 2-4 FT) and two rebounds, while classmate Aaliyah Paxton (Hainseport, N.J.) added eight points (2-7 FG, 4-7 FT) and nine boards. Shelp finished with six points (2-7 FG, 2-4 FT) and seven rebounds, with senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Mass.) chipping in six points (3-5 FG), four boards and two assists.

-Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Stonehill, 36.8 percent (21-57) to 34.9 percent (22-63), including 30 percent (3-10) to 20 percent (2-10) from deep, but the Skyhawks held a huge advantage at the line, 20-26 (76.9%) to 11-19 (57.9%).
-Stonehill held a 42-40 edge on the glass, while the Penmen won the paint, 32-26.
-The Skyhawks only turned the ball over 11 times and forced 20 SNHU turnovers for an 18-2 gap in points off mistakes.
-Lorenzen's five-game double-digit scoring streak was snapped.

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Dec. 19 (5 p.m.) when they play host to Fisher College at the Fieldhouse on Holiday Food and Toy Drive Day to benefit the New Horizons Food Pantry and Toys for Tots. Anyone that brings a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy to donate will receive free admission to the game. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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