Women's Basketball Earns Crucial Win Over Southern N.H., 69-58

Senior Paige Marshall led the Skyhawks with 21 points, including the 1,000th of her career, in a key win over SNHU today. (PHOTO BY Mike Tureski/SportsPix)

Marshall leads Skyhawks with 21 points, including 1000th of career, on Senior Day

EASTON, Mass. (February 20, 2016) – Stonehill College moved one step closer to clinching a record 35th straight appearance in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Tournament following a crucial 69-58 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in NE-10 women's basketball action on Senior Day at Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium this afternoon.

Senior Paige Marshall (Braintree, Massachusetts/Braintree) and junior Kelly Martin (Scituate, Massachusetts/Scituate) combined for 41 points to lead Stonehill to a second-straight win. Marshall scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, including the 1,000th of her career, as she made 7-of-18 shots from the field and converted 6-of-7 free-throws to go with four rebounds and two blocked shots. Marshall becomes the 29th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, finishing her 113th career game with 1,008 points. She also started her 111th career game on Senior Day to move within three of the program record 114 by Jillian Middlemiss '04.

Martin added 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while freshman Maty Diabate (Holden, Massachusetts/Wachusett Regional) added 14 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting, converting both free-throws, with four steals, two rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) chipped in with nine points and three assists, while senior Shannon Brown (Las Vegas, Nevada/Centennial) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Junior Sara Ryan (Quincy, Massachusetts/Archbishop Williams) was the lone Southern New Hampshire player in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point distance, off the bench. Freshman Kylie Lorenzen (Holliston, Massachusetts/Holliston) contributed nine points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting, while classmate Brianna Camara (Fall River, Massachusetts/Durfee) chipped in with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Junior Kelly Martin added 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. (PHOTO BY Lewis Glass/SportsPix)

Stonehill finished shooting 39.7-percent from the field (27-for-68), including 48.5-percent (16-33) in the second half, converting 12-of-14 (85.7%) free-throws. The Skyhawks enjoyed a 23-8 advantage in points off turnovers, turning the ball over just 12 times, compared to 23 for SNHU, holding a 38-37 rebounding edge. Southern New Hampshire shot 42.6% (23-54) from the floor, but made just 9-of-15 (60%) free-throws.

After a 27-27 halftime deadlock, Marshall opened the third quarter with a three-pointer and Stonehill wouldn't trail again. The teams traded baskets until the Skyhawks were able to take a five point lead (39-34) after a three-point play from Diabate with 4:54 to play in the quarter. SNHU pulled back within a point (39-38) with a layup from senior Erin Doherty (Marshfield, Massachusetts/Marshfield) with 2:47 to play in the frame, but Marshall restored Stonehill's five point cushion with a three-point play that produced her 1,000th career point with 1:23 left in the third.

Stonehill carried that five point lead (48-43) into the final quarter, stretching it to seven (50-43) with a Diabate jumper 30-seconds in. SNHU drew back within a point (50-49) after a layup by sophomore Catherine Stinson (Lynn, Massachusetts/Lynn English) with seven minutes remaining. Stonehill used a 10-2 run over the next four and a half minutes to take a nine point lead (62-53) after a Martin jumper with two minutes to go. After a layup by sophomore Jennifer Shelp (Apalachin, New York/Vestal), the Skyhawks pulled away for good, scoring the next seven points to open a 14 point gap (69-55) after a Hyslip jumper with 13-seconds left.

Stonehill (14-12, 9-11 NE-10) closes out the regular season on Tuesday when it visits Saint Michael's College for an NE-10 matchup at 5:30 p.m. The Skyhawks are currently tied with Merrimack College for the fifth and final spot in the upcoming NE-10 Tournament from the Northeast Division, but presently hold the league tiebreaker over the Warriors by way of a split of the regular season series with Saint Anselm College, however, Merrimack could reverse that tiebreaker with a win over Bentley University in its regular season finale on Tuesday should the two remain in a two-way after splitting their two regular season games. Both teams are also currently just a game behind fourth place Franklin Pierce University. Southern New Hampshire (14-12, 8-12 NE-10), which had its postseason hopes dashed with today's loss (0-4 against Merrimack and Stonehill combined), hosts Saint Anselm on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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Thank you seniors and families!