DURHAM, N.H. – The College of the Holy Cross women’s basketball team opened the second half with a 14-6 run to transform a three-point halftime deficit into a 49-44 lead. The Crusaders never trailed again en route to an 86-67 victory over the University of New Hampshire in the season openers for both teams Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH (0-1) opened the game strong and built a 17-11 lead with eight minutes elapsed. The visitors pulled even with 3:13 to play in the half and took a 33-32 advantage before the Wildcats took a 38-35 lead into the locker room.
After Holy Cross (1-0) made its early second-half surge, UNH’s deficit quickly reached double figures (58-47 with 11:34 remaining). The ‘Cats got no closer than seven points the rest of the way (64-57 with 8:27 to play).
UNH was led by Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.; 19 points) and Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary; 14 points), who fouled out with 6:46 to play despite not committing a first-half foul.
Holy Cross, which held a 36-23 rebound advantage, was led by Katie O’Keefe (Stratham, N.H.; 21 points) and Anna Kinne (18). Both Kinne and Veronica Jutras registered eight assists.
UNH travels to play intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Wednesday, Nov. 24 (7 p.m.). The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 28 vs. Siena College. Tip off is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.