UNH WOMEN'S HOOP USES BIG FIRST HALF TO DEFEAT ALBANY, 72-56

DURHAM, N.H. - Heidi Plencner set a school record for career three-pointers and Aubrey Danen finished with a double-double as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned its first America East conference win with a 72-56 victory over the University at Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.

Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) also had a team-high 13 points for UNH (6-6, 1-1), which captured the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Albany (4-8, 0-1), playing its inaugural season in America East, was led by Becky Ayers' game-high 19 points.

Plencner came into the game tied with former Wildcat Kelly Karl with 142 career treys , but quickly notched the 143rd three-pointer of her career at the 19:06 mark of the first half to give the 'Cats a lead they would never relinquish. The basket began a 30-9 UNH run that culminated with Sarah Rappoport's (Herndon, Va.) layup at 8:52 of the half for a 30-11 advantage. UNH led at halftime, 45-23.

The Great Danes cut the deficit to 11, 65-54, on a Jess McGinlay three-pointer with 2:18 remaining in the second half, but four straight free throws from UNH's Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) pushed the lead back to 69-54 with just over a minute remaining. Proctor finished with a season-high 10 points for the 'Cats.

Plencner ended her day with 10 points and two treys while Danen recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds, UNH finished with a 46-29 edge on the glass and outscored the Great Danes, 30-14 inside the paint.

The Wildcats hit the road Thursday (12/10) to face Hartford before returning home Saturday (12/12) to take on preseason America East favorite Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m .

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