DURHAM, N.H. -The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team rolled to a 76-55 victory against the Nor'Easter Storm in Monday night's exhibition game at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which finished tied for second in AMERICA EAST last season with a 13-5 conference mark and ended the year at 19-8 following a first-round loss in the NIT, built a 36-15 first-half lead before taking a 38-26 advantage into the locker room.
The Storm, a collection of former collegiate players, closed within 57-49 with eight minutes to play but the Wildcats rolled the rest of the way.
UNH was led offensively by senior Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary), who recorded game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (nine). New Hampshire natives Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) and Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) contributed 15 and 13 points, respectively. Plencner did her damage from the perimeter on 3-for-4 shooting from the 3-point line while Donohue was 7-of-8 at the foul line. As a team, the 'Cats made 31 of 35 free throw attempts, including 18-for-19 in the first half and held a 38-31 rebound advantage.
Jody Normandin (12 points) and Sonya Beamon (10) were the top Storm scorers.
UNH plays its final tune-up for the 1999-2000 regular season Nov. 13 against Slovakia at 1 p.m. The 'Cats open the season Nov. 19 (7 p.m.) at home against Holy Cross. Both games are at Lundholm Gymnasium.