SNHU Runs Away From Felician In Women's Basketball, 77-67

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team made 15 of its final 19 field goal attempts, including 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter, to pull away for a 77-67 non-conference victory over host Felician University on Wednesday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Southern New Hampshire sophomore forward Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) scored 30 points, the most by an individual Felician opponent this season. Lorenzen shot 11-for-17 from the field and made 7 of 9 free-throw attempts in 33 minutes. Junior forward Marya Trapp (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Regional) led Felician with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth "double-double" of 2016-17.

Felician (2-9) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first period and 26-18 at quarter's end. The Golden Falcons cut their deficit to 28-26 on a Kayla Hourany (Queens, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) putback with two minutes, 17 seconds, left in the first half, but settled for a 33-28 halftime deficit. The hosts held SNHU to seven second-quarter points, but failed to take full-advantage by only tallying 10 of their own.

Midway through the third quarter, the Golden Falcons used a putback by Safiyyah Lee (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) and a conventional three-point play from Danelle Gibson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) to tie the score at 37-37. It was the first time the teams had been even since 12-12. Felician missed on two fouls shots on its next possession with a chance to move ahead, and a jump shot by Penmen freshman Amanda Kelly (Bethpage, N.Y./Saint Dominic) with 4:41 left in the third put the visitors up for good.

Kelly's shot touched off a 10-2 run for SNHU, which finished the third with that same lead, 50-42. Felician came within a five-point deficit on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but never drew closer, as Lorenzen poured in 17 points in the final 10 minutes.

The Penmen shot 50 percent from the field (29 for 58), including 65 percent after halftime. Freshman Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) netted 10 points in 12 minutes off the SNHU bench.

Felician received 13 points and a season-high seven assists from Gibson, while Lee totaled 12 points and eight rebounds. The Golden Falcons' comeback attempts were hurt by a 9 for 19 (47 percent) showing at the foul line.