RALEIGH, NC -- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was defeated by fourth-ranked North Carolina State, 70-44, at the Reynolds Coliseum on Tuesday night. UNH falls to 4-5, while N.C. State matched its best-ever start by improving to 10-0.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the opening minute when Adriane Domanski (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) hit a left-wing jumper. A Kelly Donahue (Rochester, N.H.) free throw made it a 3-0 advantage 1:11 into the game, but the Wolfpack Women scored the next eight points and never trailed again. The 'Cats remained close - N.C. State led 19-11 with 9:22 remaining in the half- until the home team went on a 10-point run to build a 29-11 cushion.
New Hampshire faced a 45-15 halftime deficit as a result of its struggles on offense -- 5 for 26 from the floor coupled with 12 turnovers -- and on the defensive glass, where the Wildcats yielded 13 NCSU offensive rebounds that accounted for 16 points. UNH made a strong run in the second half. A 16-2 spun in which the 'Cats held N.C. State scoreless for 5:34 cut the deficit to 51-33. NCSU's starters re-entered the game and stabilized the sizeable margin.
Donohue (11 points) and Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary; nine points) were New Hampshire's top scorers.
NSCU's Summer Erb netted a game-high 17 points and recorded her 1,000th career point.
UNH returns to action Dec. 29 with a home game against Harvard University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.