W. HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team dropped a 67-63 decision to the University of Hartford here at Chase Family Arena this evening. The Loss drops UNH to 3-10 overall and 1-3 in America East. Hartford improves to 6-5 and 1-2 in the league.
Junior Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) led UNH with 13 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Junior Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) and freshman Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) each had 10 for the ‘Cats. The younger Mattias also had nine boards, while senior Kelly Donahue (Rochester, N.H.) dished out six assists. Anne Whalen led the Hawks with 18 points.
The Wildcat raced out to a 17-10 lead with 11:25 remaining in the first half. Hartford would cut the lead to 17-16 on a Whalen three at 10:00, but back-to-back baskets by Maren Matthias and Plencner would put the UNH lead back to five with 8:30 in the opening stanza. The game remained close throughout the rest of the half, and a jumper at the buzzer by Plencner would give the ‘Cats a 30-29 lead at the break.
Hartford would open up a five point lead, 43-38, following a Whalen trey with 15:31 remaining in the game. After trading baskets, UNH would tie the game on a jumper from sophomore Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) with 8:18 remaining. The ‘Cats would find themselves down eight, 61-53, on a free throw by Whalen with 2:13 to play. New Hampshire would pull to within four on a three-pointer by junior Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) with seven seconds remaining but would get no closer.
UNH returns to action on Monday (1/8) when it travels to Boston University for a 7 p.m. contest. The next Wildcat home game is Sunday, Jan. 14 against Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is noon.