DURHAM, N.H. - Joy Pela netted 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half to lead Hofstra to a 58-49 win over the University of New Hampshire in women's basketball action here at Lundholm Gymnasium this evening. Hofstra improves to 5-10 and 2-5 in America East, while UNH is now 5-11 and 3-4 in the league.
Three players scored in double figures for UNH. Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) led the 'Cats with 11 points, while sisters Anna and Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) each netted 10. Maren Matthias also grabbed eight boards. Jen Brickey had 15 points, all in the second half for the Pride, while Kimberley Coke had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The hosts jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but Hofstra would take a 11-10 lead 6:42 into the game when Pela hit a pair of free throws. The 'Cats would retake the lead with 8:23 remaining in the first half on a Maren Matthias layup, a lead which it would hold for the rest of the half. The 'Cats would take their largest lead of the half, 25-19, when Sarah Bushey (Champlain, N.Y.) converted a conventional three-point play with 49 seconds in the half. UNH took that 25-19 advantage into the locker room.
Hofstra went on an early 8-2 run to cut the lead to 28-27 with 17:25 to play., but the 'Cats went on a 10-2 run of their own over the next 3:15 capped by a Plencner layup to go up 38-29. The visitors came storming back, scoring 12 of the game's next 15 points to knot the game at 41 with 8:02 to play.
Five-straight points by New Hampshire put them up 46-41 with 6:57 left on the clock, but the Pride would then score eight unanswered points capped by a Brickey trey with 4:57 remaining to give Hofstra a lead which it would not relinquish. Brickey scored all 15 of her points in the last 9:04 of the game.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday (1/20) when they host the Dragons of Drexel University. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.