DURHAM, N.H. - Siiri Liivandi had 15 points to lead the University of Massachusetts to a 56-39 win over the University of New Hampshire in women's basketball action here at Lundholm Gymnasium this evening. The win improves UMass to 4-5 overall, while the Wildcats now stand at 3-6.
Senior Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) led New Hampshire with 11 points. Jennifer Butler and Paige Harris each had 10 points for the Minutewomen.
After UMass jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, the Wildcats clawed back and took a 15-14 lead with 5:10 to play on a basket by freshman Kate Hennessey (Westford, Mass.) . The visitors would then go on a 13-2 run to take a 27-17 lead. UNH would cut the lead to 27-19 at the half.
The hosts quickly cut the lead to four 48 seconds into the second stanza. After that, the two teams would trade baskets, and UNH pulled to within three, 38-35, on a layup by sophomore Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) with 8:07 to play. From there the Minutewomen went on an 8-0 run to go up 11 with 4:59 remaining. New Hampshire would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
The Wildcats were without the services of regular starter Kim Kassik (Kitchener, Ontario) for the third-straight game.
New Hampshire will return to action on Dec. 28 when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. to face the University of Miami in first-round action of the Gatorade Holiday Classic. Game time is 9 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is January 14 when UNH hosts Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is noon.