DURHAM, N.H. -- Alison Dixon's layup with 1:18 remaining in overtime proved to be the winning basket as Boston University upended the University of New Hampshire, 61-59, Thursday night at the Whittemore Center. UNH fell to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in America East. BU improved to 3-4, 1-0.
Dixon (19 points, 16 rebounds) gave the Terriers a 60-59 lead and, after each team missed a shot, UNH committed a turnover with 12 seconds remaining. Angela Argentieri was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play. She hit the first of two foul shots for a 61-59 advantage and teammate Dia Dufault grabbed the loose ball on the missed second free throw. Dufault missed both foul shots and UNH's Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) grabbed the rebound. Strong BU defense delayed her outlet pass, and Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) was forced to launch a 28-foot 3-point attempt that went off the glass at the buzzer.
The Wildcats trailed 53-41 with 6:19 remaining in the second half but stormed back behind Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.; 11 points), who made a conventional three-point play followed by consecutive 3-pointers to pull the home team within 56-54. Matthias (11) evened the score with 14.3 seconds remaining to force the five minute extra session.
UNH had taken a 59-58 lead in OT on a Proctor free throw and two foul shots from Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary; 16 points).
New Hampshire inched to a 5-0 lead in the first half by holding BU scoreless over the first 5:19 of the game. There were eight lead changes the rest of the way, however, and no team led by more than four points - 15-11, BU, with 6:21 to go - the rest of the half. UNH took a 23-21 lead into the locker room.
Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) matched her career high with nine assists.
Dia Dufault scored 12 points for BU. The only other player to score for the Terriers was Argentieri, with six points.
UNHs next game is Dec. 12 against Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 1 p.m.