STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Senior forward Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) scored a career-high 25 points, including a tie-breaking three-point play with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, to lift the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 63-60 victory over Stony Brook Tuesday night.
With the score tied at 60-60, Danen hit a turnaound jumper in the lane and was fouled on the play. Her free throw gave the Wildcats (13-10, 7-5) a three-point advantage with 21 seconds remaining. The Seawolves had several opportunities in the final seconds to tie it, but Theresa LoParrino's 3-pointer from the top of the key rolled off the front of the rim as time expired.
Danen finished 11 of 18 from the field to go along with seven boards, three assists and two steals in helping UNH overcome a late seven-point deficit. The Wildcats trailed, 60-53 with 4:03 remaining before getting seven straight points from sophomore center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) to tie it at 60-60 with 1:53 left. Stony Brook committed two costly turnovers on their next two possessions, one on a five-second count and the other on a backcourt violation, and the Wildcats took advantage.
Danen's 13 first half points kept the 'Cats within striking distance in the opening period, trailing by just one, 30-29 at the break. With the win, UNH moved into sole possession of third-place in the America East standings behind Vermont and Binghamton.
Matthias finished with 13 points (all in the second half) and eight rebounds while Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) and Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) seven for UNH. Erika Shipley had 19 points and Sherry Jordan 14 for Stony Brook.
The Wildcats are off until next Tuesday (2/19) when they host rival Maine. Game time is 7 p.m.