Women's Basketball Rolls at Franklin Pierce, 61-43

Walsh scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as the Skyhawks took control of the game. (PHOTO BY Barry Gutradt)

Walsh nets 21 points, while Hyslip scores nine of 17 points in 4th quarter to lead Skyhawks

RINDGE, N.H. (November 30, 2016) – Stonehill College outscored Franklin Pierce University 18-2 in the second quarter to take the lead for good on its way to a 61-43 triumph in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball action at the Fieldhouse tonight.

Juniors Courtney Walsh (Windham, New Hampshire/Central Catholic) and Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) combined for 38 points to lead Stonehill to its second road win of the week. Walsh scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers in the half, to go with three assists as she finished shooting 7-for-14 from the field overall. Hyslip netted nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Skyhawks seal the win, making 8-of-12 shots overall, with three rebounds.

Junior Kate Ross (Providence, Rhode Island/The Lincoln School) added a career-high matching nine points on 4-of-9 shooting, with five rebounds and a career-best seven assists, while sophomore Tayler Wornum (Randolph, Massachusetts/Archbishop Williams) hauled in a career-high ten rebounds to go with seven points and two steals.

Stonehill dished out assists on 23 of its 25 field goals for the night, as it finished shooting 43.1-percent from the floor (25-for-58), including 5-for-14 (35.7%) from three-point range, while converting 6-of-8 free-throws. The Skyhawks posted a commanding 45-27 rebounding advantage and outscored Franklin Pierce 20-12 in points off turnovers, despite committing four more (23-19) than the Ravens. Franklin Pierce was limited to 33.3-percent shooting (17-for-51), including 7-for-24 (29.2%) in the first half, connecting on 2-of-8 three-pointers (25%), and converting just 7-of-14 free-throws (50%).

Ross filled the boxscore with a career-high matching nine points, career-best seven assists as well as five rebounds. (PHOTO BY Barry Gutradt)

Senior Dana Campbell (Merrick, New York/St. Dominic) was the lone Franklin Pierce player in double figures with 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Junior Kelsey Mayo (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) added eight points, while freshman Mya Mosley (Worcester, Massachusetts/Wachusett Regional) grabbed a team-high seven boards.

Franklin Pierce held a three point lead (13-10) after a quarter of play, but Walsh scored the first five points of the second quarter, including a three-pointer, to put Stonehill in front. Senior Alison Palma (Stamford, Connecticut/Trinity Catholic) answered for the Ravens to knot the score (15-15) on their next trip, but the hosts wouldn't score again in the quarter as the Skyhawks closed the half with a 13-0 run to carry a double-digit lead (28-15) into halftime. Wornum scored the first five points of the run, which was capped by a Walsh triple with 19-seconds left.

Hyslip opened the third quarter with a layup to extend the run to 15-points, before Franklin Pierce ended its eight-minute scoring drought with five straight points to cut the gap to ten (30-20) after Mayo made one of two at the line with 6:52 remaining in the third. Hyslip fueled a 9-1 Stonehill run with four points, which was capped by a Walsh three, to stretch the Skyhawks lead to 18 (39-21) midway through the quarter.

Franklin Pierce trimmed the lead to nine (41-32) after two Palma free-throws with 1:08 left in the third, but would get no closer as Stonehill took an 11 point lead (44-33) into the fourth. The Skyhawks lead was still 11 (52-41) with 4:40 remaining, when Hyslip scored five straight, including a three-point play, to push the advantage to 16 (57-41) with 1:37 on the clock to close out the win.         

Stonehill (4-3, 3-1 NE-10) is back on the road on Saturday at Saint Michael's College for a Northeast-10 matchup at 1:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Wednesday, December 7, to host Southern New Hampshire University at Merkert Gym at 5:30 p.m. Franklin Pierce (2-5, 0-4 NE-10) hosts Assumption College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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