DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) tied her career-high with 23 points and added nine boards to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a convincing 72-39 victory over Stony Brook Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium in the first meeting ever between the two clubs.
The 33-point win was UNH's most lopsided of the season and provided the largest margin of victory since a 35-point bulge over Boston University Feb. 23, 1997.
Matthias, limited to nine points on 4 of 14 shooting during a loss to Maine last weekend, finished 11 of 15 from the field in helping UNH win for the fifth time in its last six outings. "I think [against Maine] I got pretty frustrated early on when I missed some shots," says Matthias. "I knew I had to come into this game with a lot more confidence. I had to regain my focus and pick things up."
The Seawolves struggled from the field most of the night, managed just 14 first-half points an trailed 29-14 at the break. The Wildcats began the second half with a 19-6 run to take a commanding 50-20 lead with 12:47 remaining. Stony Brook managed totalled just 12 field goals for the game, including a 1-15 effort from beyond the arc. Manchester Central (N.H.) alum Jill George led Stony Brook with 11 points and 16 rebounds and was the only Seawolves player with more than two field goals.
"This was just a night when we were on and they struggled," says UNH head coach Sue Johnson. "I expect that when we go to their place it will be a battle."
Freshman Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) had a career-high 11 points off the bench for UNH while classmate Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) and senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) chipped in with eight points each.
UNH improved to 11-8 (5-3 America East) and leapfrogged Stony Brook (11-7, 4-3) in the conference standings. The 'Cats sit one game back of league-leader Binghamton entering this weekend's action. The Bearcats (15-4, 6-2) will be in Durham on Sunday.