HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra University’s Dinee Rivera and Noreen Duffy both made two foul shots in the final 33 seconds to secure a 51-46 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Hofstra Arena on Friday night.
UNH (7-9 overall, 2-5 conference) took a 41-39 lead with 3:58 remaining when Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) made a layup. HU’s Jennifer Brickey tied the game with a pair of free throws, then a Lisa Harris layup gave the Flying Dutchwomen a lead they would not relinquish – 43-41 with 2:45 to play.
HU, which improved to 9-6 overall and 3-4 in the league, built a 9-0 advantage by holding the guests scoreless for the opening 7:32 of the game. UNH rallied to tie the game at 9 but didn’t take a lead until the second half. With the teams tied 21-21 entering the final 20 minutes, the Wildcats took a 33-27 lead in the opening five minutes of the second half. Hofstra rallied to regain the lead five minutes later and kept its small lead until the ‘Cats went in front late.
The Wildcats, who entered the game with an 11-0 lifetime record against Hofstra, were led offensively by Farkas (14 points) and Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.; 10 points).
The Flying Dutchwomen, who are now 2-0 at Hofstra Arena, were led by Brickey’s 15 points.
New Hampshire concludes its road trip Jan. 23 at Drexel. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 27 vs. Towson. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.