DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and sophomore Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) each had a double-double to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to its fourth straight victory, 79-67 over Hartford Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Matthias finished with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who improved to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in conference play while splitting the season series with the Hawks (7-10, 3-3). Hartford defeated the 'Cats, 69-41 in West Hartford, Conn., earlier this season.
Matthias, who also had a season-high four blocks, is averaging 18.3 ppg over her last four outings. UNH is 4-0 since the 6-4 center was inserted into the starting lineup along with freshman Geneva Livingston (nine points, seven rebounds) against Vermont Jan. 12. Danen finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the year while senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) had 17 points for the 'Cats, including three treys.
LaQuandra Brickhouse led the Hawks with 14 points while Kenitra Johnson scored 13 and Kelly Ann Charles chipped in with 11. Hartford leading scorer Janeka Lopp was limited to five points on 2 of 9 shooting while also committing four fouls.
UNH jumped out quickly, scoring the game's first seven points in taking a 39-25 halftime lead. Hartford whittled the deficit to nine, 56-47, with 7:50 remaining in the final half, but two free throws by Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.), a Livingston three-pointer, and a Matthias layup inside gave the 'Cats a 64-48 advantage with only 5:29 remaining.
UNH finished 7 of 13 from beyond the arc and dominated the boards, outrebounding Hartford 44-31 on the night.
The Wildcats aim for their fifth straight victory Sunday (1/27) when they travel to Orono to take on the University of Maine. Game time is 1 p.m.