DURHAM, N.H. - Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) netted a career-high 23 points off the bench to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 78-73 win over Drexel this afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win evens New Hampshire's record at 4-4 in America East and improves them to 6-11 overall. The Dragons have lost two-straight and are now 9-6, 5-3 in the league.
Plencner was 8-for-11 from the field, 4-for-5 from three-point land and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Sarah Bushey (Champlain, N.Y.) and Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) each netted 11 for the 'Cats, while Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Donohue also had eight assists, while Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) dished out seven. Michelle Maslowski led all scorers with 25 points for Drexel, and in the process became the 12th player in Drexel history to record her 1000th point.
The win was also career win number 50 for UNH head coach Sue Johnson.
UNH raced out to a 13-2 lead just 3:38 into the contest. The two teams would trade baskets, and the 'Cats would take their largest lead of the half, 25-12, on a Plencner three with 10:59 remaining in the first half. The guests would then go on a 12-3 run capped by a Katrina Martin layup to pull within three with 4:46 left in the half. The Wildcat defense would then hold Drexel to just four points the rest of the half in building a 35-28 halftime advantage.
Maslowski quickly hit back-to-back layups to cut the lead to three 51 seconds inth the second half. The Dragons would then tie the game at 39 with 17:06 to go in the game, the first of seven ties. The two teams would trade baskets but Drexel would take its largest lead, 54-49, with 9:31 to play. The 'Cats came clawing back, and back-to-back treys by Plencner would knot the game at 57 with 8:09 remaining. Drexel would eke out a three-point advantage, 64-61, with 5:02 left, but a 7-0 run by the 'Cats over the next 3:23 would hand the lead back to UNH at 68-64. Drexel got to within two with 54 seconds to play but the Dragons were forced to foul and New Hampshire made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Wildcats are back in action on Thursday (1/25) when they travel to Towson. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The next UNH home game is Feb. 2 when the 'Cats face Vermont in a 7 p.m. contest at the Whittemore Center.