DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) led five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a 70-58 victory against Harvard University at the Whittemore Center on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (5-5 overall) trailed 46-39 midway through the second half when Plencner drained three straight 3-pointers to help UNH forge a 50-50 tie. Harvard (6-5) appeared to regain momentum by scoring the next four points, but baskets by Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.; 15 points) and Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.; 10) and another Plencner 3-pointer gave the ‘Cats a 57-54 advantage. Donohue hit a pair of foul shots to cap the 9-0 run.
Breehan Kelley (12) made two free throws to lift the Crimson within 59-56 with 2:59 to play, but UNH answered with eight consecutive points over the next 2:05 for an insurmountable 67-56 lead.
In a first half that saw eight lead changes – and no lead larger than four points – Harvard took a 26-25 lead into the locker room despite committing 16 turnovers. The Crimson maintained its small lead until UNH’s surge in the final 10 minutes.
Also scoring in double figures for the ‘Cats were Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary), both of whom finished with 11 points. Harvard was led by Melissa Johnson (13 points, 13 rebounds), Kelley and Katie Gates (10).
UNH travels for its upcoming Jan. 2 game (1 p.m.) against Towson University and also plays at the University of Delaware on Jan. 4 (7 p.m.) before returning to Durham. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 8 vs. Vermont. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 1 p.m.