VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior forward Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to its third straight road win, 62-49 over Binghamton Saturday afternoon at West Gymnasium.
Senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) had 14 points and sophomore center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats, who improved to 14-11 overall, 8-6 in America East and crept to within a half-game of the third-place Bearcats (18-8, 9-6) in the conference standings.
UNH, which lost to Binghamton at home earlier this season, used a 13-0 run in the first half to take control. After spotting the Bearcats four points to open the contest, Danen and Plencner hit back-to-back layups to tie it, followed by a Danen jumper to take the lead. A three-pointer by freshman Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) and another layup inside by Matthias completed the run and gave UNH a 13-4 advantage with 13:25 remaining in the opening half. The lead grew to as much as 13 before Binghamton closed the half on 7-2 run to make the score 27-19 at the break.
On three different occasions, the Bearcats crept to within a basket in the second half only to have UNH counter with a 3-point field goal each time. The last came with 6:49 left, and UNH holding a 45-43 edge, when Plencner connected on her second trey of the game. The basket sparked a game-breaking 14-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 59-47 lead with only 1:08 remaining.
UNH, which entered the day with the best field goal percentage defense in the conference (.369), held the Bearcats to just .293 shooting for the game. Sarah Cartmill was the only Binghamton player in double figures with 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats also shot 71 percent from the line, converting 20 of 28 opportunities, including 16 of 22 in the final half.
UNH, which still has a shot at gaining the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, wraps up the regular season with two home games. The Wildcats square off against Northeastern on Wednesday (2/27) before taking on Boston University on Friday (3/1).