MANCHESTER, N.H. – A misfiring offense and a stark free-throw differential made it difficult for Felician University to recover from a slow start in the Golden Falcons' 76-59 non-conference loss to host Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Freshman guard Sophia Guerrier (Waltham, Mass.) came off the bench to top Felician (2-3) with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Southern New Hampshire junior forward Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Mass.) matched Guerrier for game-high honors, producing 15 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes.
Felician shot 29.3 percent from the field for the game, including 8 of 28 (28.6 percent) from three-point range. The Golden Falcons also sank only 7 of 17 free-throw attempts (41.2 percent). The visitors committed 29 personal fouls, seeing three players disqualified, and were outscored, 24-7, at the charity stripe.
SNHU (4-2) scored nine consecutive points to open a 13-4 lead after 5 ½ minutes of play. The Penmen were up buy as many as 12 points in the opening period before exiting the quarter with a 21-11 advantage. With 5:47 left before halftime, following a long scoring drought by both sides, Penmen sophomore Victoria Dean (Plymouth, Mass.) sunk a three-point field goal for a 13-point bulge. The Golden Falcons answered with a three from Bionca Chambers (New Milford, N.J.), and entered halftime trailing, 32-23.
SNHU took full control in the early stages of the second half. A three-point play from Lorenzen at the 5:40 mark put the hosts ahead, 44-26, and her lay-up with 1:29 remaining restored that margin. Briana Camara (Fall River, Mass.) beat the third-quarter buzzer with a driving lay-up and the Penmen led, 54-37 to start the fourth. The lead grew as high as 22 points on two occasions in the final period.
Felician put forth a strong defensive effort in defeat, blocking nine shots and helping cause 23 SNHU turnovers. Golden Falcon junior Kayla Diaz (Clifton, N.J.) tallied a career-high nine points with three steals, and Chambers turned in seven points, three assists, and three blocks.
Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Mass.) scored 10 points and Sarah Deyo (Attleboro, Mass.) supplied nine points and eight rebounds for the Penmen, who had 13 players score. SNHU rolled up a 57-41 rebounding advantage.
Felician has five days off before beginning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play by traveling to nationally-ranked Caldwell University for a 1 p.m. tip-off on December 2.