ALBANY, N.Y. - Sophomore Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) netted a career-high 23 points, 17 in the second half, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team defeated Albany 50-42 in America East action at the Recreation and Convocation Center. The win was UNH's third in a row and fourth in the last five games.
Matthias, who also grabbed seven rebounds, shot 10-for-15 from the field for the game. Senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) chipped in with nine points for New Hampshire (9-7, 3-2 America East) while freshman Generva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) had eight points and a season-high seven rebounds. Jess McGinlay led Albany (4-10, 0-3) with 14 points.
After falling behind six, 28-22, with 18:18 to play, UNH went on a 7-0 run capped by back-to-back Livingston baskets to take a 29-28 lead with just over 16 minutes remaining. After the two teams traded baskets for most of the half, Albany tied the game at 42 with 3:08 remaining when Becky Ayers hit the second of two free throws.
A layup by Matthias and jumper by Livingston gave the 'Cats a 46-42 lead with 50 seconds to play. UNH then went 4-for-4 from the line over the final 21 seconds to seal the win, with Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) each hitting a pair from the charity stripe.
Prior to that, UNH's largest lead came with 5:30 to go in the first half when a Danen basket made it 19-12. The Great Danes outscored UNH 11-1 over the final 4:15 to take a 23-20 lead into the halftime break.
UNH held a 47-37 rebounding advantage en route to sweeping the season series against the Danes. The Wildcats took a 72-56 decision Jan. 6 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday (1/23), when they host the Hartford Hawks in an America East tilt. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.