MANCHESTER — The Southern New Hampshire University women’s basketball team was a possession away from its best win of the season on Wednesday. The problem was that one possession never materialized.
Despite clawing back from a 22-point deficit, SNHU fell short in its upset bid against undefeated Bentley, which walked away from Stan Spirou Field House with a 70-65 win on Wednesday. SNHU (6-3, 2-3 NE-10) was down two points with 7.5 seconds to play when Kylie Lorenzen was charged with an offensive foul on the Penmen’s last chance to tie or nab a lead. The Falcons (8-0, 5-0 NE-10) finished things off from there with a trio of free throws, including one from Jaffrey’s Maddy Springfield, to escape with a win.
Molly Terry led five Penmen in double figures with 15 points. Gyanna Russell (14 points) and Lorenzen (13 points, 16 rebounds) followed Terry. Amy McConnell and Marissa Fontaine each scored 13 apiece for Bentley while Springfield, a junior, scored six points.
The Penmen were in a 21-point hole moments into the second half before using the remainder of the third quarter to make their comeback, drawing even with 1:18 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Victoria Dean (11 points). SNHU scored 33 points in the third quarter, shooting 12 of 18 from the field and a blistering 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Dean and Terry accounted for five of those treys.
Bentley got back out to a seven-point edge halfway through the fourth, but the Penmen ripped off a 10-4 run over the three-minute span to get back to within a point. The rhythm dropped off from there for SNHU, which went scoreless over the final three minutes while missing four shots before the back-breaking offensive foul in the final seconds.