MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y.) scored 13 points and freshman Krista O'Gara (New Fairfield, Conn.) added a career-high 12, but the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team suffered a 59-45 loss against cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
The Hawks even their record at 2-2, including 0-2 in Northeast-10 play, while the Penmen remain perfect at 2-0, 2-0 NE-10.
Jones shot 6 of 11 from the floor and collected a pair of rebounds in 36 minutes, while O'Gara was 4-for-10 from the field, including 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. The rookie also recorded four steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block in 15 minutes off the bench.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind six points from Victoria Wiseman, but the Hawks battled back as a Jones jumper and a 3-pointer from O'Gara knotted the game just 5:04 in before a three-point play from O'Gara completed the 8-0 Saint Anselm run that put the hosts up 10-7 with 13:41 remaining in the opening half.
Another layup by Wiseman cut it to just a point and after a Jones free throw, Wiseman buried a 3-pointer that gave the Penmen a 12-11 edge with 10:40 to play. After the teams traded buckets, layups from senior Curran Leighton (Dover, N.H.) and junior Tori Lehr (Cohasset, Mass.) put the Hawks back on top, 17-14, at the 8:30 mark.
A 5-0 spurt from Southern New Hampshire put the Penmen up by a pair, but junior Ashley Viselli (Groveland, Mass.) halted the run with a 3-pointer that gave the Hawks a one-point lead, 20-19, with 6:06 left.
Michelle DeRoma would answer with a 3 of her own and then Sloane Sorrell took over as she scored the final eight points of the half to close it on an 11-0 run for the Penmen and give them a 30-20 lead heading into the break.
SNHU picked up in the second half right where it left off in the first as it extended the run to 16-0 with a Wiseman layup and a 3-pointer from Brooke Springfield. A jumper from sophomore Allie Jones (Wakefield, R.I.) finally derailed the run, but a DeRoma trey, followed by a Sorrell layup pushed the Penmen lead to 40-22 just 2:22 into the second half. Another Allie Jones bucket chipped away at the lead, but a Wiseman 3-pointer and a DeRoma jumper closed a 26-4 stretch that gave Southern New Hampshire its largest lead of the night at 45-24 with 14:21 remaining.
An O'Gara trifecta on the ensuing trip down the floor pulled the Hawks within 18. Midway through the half, with the margin still at 18, a Briana Jones layup cut it to 16 at 47-31. The Penmen would push the lead back to 20 later in the half on a Deb Lavalley 3-pointer with just under six minutes to go, but buckets from Briana Jones and classmate Kierra Moore (Albany, N.Y.) brought it back to within 16.
SNHU led by 17 when a nifty layup from freshman Raquel Johnson (Long Beach, Calif.) and a three-point play from O'Gara trimmed the Saint Anselm deficit to 57-45 with 26 ticks left on the clock. A pair of Emily O'Callaghan free throws with nine seconds remaining closed the scoring.
Allie Jones finished with seven points on 3 of 6 shooting, as well as four rebounds and three assists. Leighton filled the box score with two points, nine boards, two assists, a pair of blocks and three steals.
Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Anselm, 46 percent (23-50) to 31 percent (18-58), including 53.8 percent (7-13) to 18.8 percent (3-16) from long range. The Penmen also held a 42-30 advantage on the glass and outscored the Hawks in the paint, 26-20. Saint Anselm turned the ball over 16 times, while forcing 22 SNHU turnovers.
Sorrell poured in a game-high 18, while Wiseman nearly matched her with 16 for the Penmen.
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