BOSTON. Mass. — Sophomore point guard Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) made a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining to give the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team a 70-66 victory against Boston University in Saturday afternoon’s America East game at Case Gym. With the win, UNH improved to 13-13 overall and 8-9 in the conference and can finish no lower than fifth in the standings. BU fell to 7-19, 3-14.
UNH led 65-60 with three minutes remaining and Adrianne Domanski (Lafayette Hills, Pa.; 13 points, game-high seven rebounds) hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 68-60 advantage with 2:27 to play. A pair of Anne Nelson jumpers lifted Boston University within 68-64 with 1:25 on the clock, then a Jennifer Tulley putback made it 68-66 with 42 seconds to go. On the next Wildcat possession, Anne Matthias (Guilford, Conn.; 13 points, six rebounds) and Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) forced a jumpball that allowed UNH to maintain possession. Proctor then made her fouls shots to secure the win.
The game was tied 6-6, when UNH went on a 15-3 run to build a 21-9 advantage with 8:55 remaining in the half. Proctr keyed the surge with a pair of 3-pointers, including the one that broke the deadlock. BU trimmed the deficit to 24-18 over the next three minutes, but the ‘Cats netted seven consecutive points to re-establish a double-digit cushion at 31-18. The Terriers outscored their guests 7-3 the rest of the way to make the score 34-25 at the half.
New Hampshire scored the initial four points of the second half to extend the cushion to 38-25, but then Orsi Farkaqs (Budapest, Hungary; 13 points) went to the bench with four fouls at 18:38 and BU closed the gap to 38-33.
The Wildcats regrouped to push the lead to 45-35 with 14:40 to play. Once again the Terriers surged back - this time within 47-41 - but again the ‘Cates answered the challenge as they built a 56-43 advantage at 9:37. BU was not done for the day, however, as the home team went on a 7-0 run to close within 56-50.
Kelly Donahue (Rochester, N.H.) was the other Wildcat in double digits with 11 points. Nelson scored a game-high 15 points for BU.
UNH concluded the regular season March 2 at home against Hartford. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.