Hounds Overpower Southern New Hampshire with strong, three-point Shooting
David Pepin – Sports Editor
The Hounds women’s basketball team beat Southern New Hampshire 76-66 on Saturday, behind Meghan Cramb’s career high 24 points which included her going 5-8 from three point range. The Penmen of Southern New Hampshire came into the contest with a 6-1 overall record, but had trouble defending both Cramb and the Hounds’ bench which put up an impressive 27 points.
The Penmen surged to an early 9-3 lead in the first five minutes, but the Hounds would not stay down long, coming back with their own 13-2 run to put them ahead, 16-11 with about two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Penmen were able to tie the game at 18, but some nice three-point shooting by the Hounds sparked another impressive run, this time a 12-0 run that would give the Hounds a commanding 30-18 lead.
The Penmen came back with their own run though, an 11-3 run, that would cut the deficit to only four points, but the Hounds quickly found their stride again to take a 37-29 lead going into the half after outscoring the Penmen 21-15 in the second quarter.
The third quarter started and was a back and forth battle that resulted in a 51-45 Hounds lead coming into the final quarter in the contest.
The Penmen came out firing in the fourth with a 6-0 run and they would eventually fight their way to only two points down with just under six minutes remaining.
However, the Hounds would not let the Penmen get any closer that that, as they really started to turn the switch and grind out the final few minutes to secure a 76-66 victory over NE-10 rival Southern New Hampshire in front of a crowd of 120.
The Hounds’ victory was largely made possible by some strong three point shooting, with the Hounds shooting 52.4 percent from beyond the arc compared to the Penmen’s 20 percent. The Hounds were the better shooting team overall, taking advantage of opportunities and shooting 49.1 percent from the field, while the Penmen shot 42.9 percent.
The Hounds also played very strong team basketball, racking up 18 team assists compared to the Penmen’s eight.
The win was the Hounds’ third in a row, helping to push their record to 5-3 before they travel to Easton, Mass where they will face Stonehill on December 5th.
David Pepin, a junior, studies English and Marketing, He is the Sports Editor of Le Provocateur.