MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Brittany Shields recorded a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Setters women outlasted the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire 58-53 in a key Northeast-10 Conference basketball match-up.
The Setters improved to 13-3 overall and 10-3 in the NE-10, while the Penmen dropped to 14-4 and 9-3 in conference play.
Pace snapped a close game in the early minutes and rode a 14-4 run to build a 24-16 lead with 3:59 to play in the half. Shields capped the run with a three-point play as she led all scorers with 13 points at the break.
The Penmen rallied over the final minutes but the Setters held a slim 28-27 advantage at the break. The second half featured a back-and-forth battle that saw nine ties and 10 lead changes.
Trailing 55-53 with 4:13 remaining in the game, Margo Hackett connected on a three-pointer to put the Setters up by one and Carol Johnson converted a layup with 3:08 remaining to give the Setters a 58-53 edge. Neither team scored in the final three minutes as the Setters defense held off one last charge. Maral Javadifar blocked a game-tying attempt as time expired to seal the win for the Setters.
Johnson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, Javadifar totaled 11 points and three assists, while Kerri White netted three blocks and two steals. Allison Cleary also played well for the Setters defense and had four steals.
The Setters are back in action on Saturday hosting the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University at the Goldstein Fitness Center in a Northeast-10 Conference match-up at 1:30 pm. There will be Blue-Out as Free Love Blue, Live Gold T-shirts will be given out while supplies last. In addition, 250 free box lunches will be given out by Shop-Rite during both the mens and womens' games courtesy of Shop-Rite.
From a report by Pace Sports Information.
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