SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first half, then held on to defeat the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 71-61 in the championship game of the Seton Hall Basketball Classic on Saturday afternoon at Walsh Gym.

The Pirates had three players in double figures ñ Melissa Langelier led all scorers with 17 points, while Cecilia Lindqvist had 14 and Charlene Thomas 12. Aubrey Danen (Oconomowac, Wis.) led the Wildcats in scoring for the second straight game with 14 points while guard Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) had 10 points and freshman Lindsay Adams (Theresa, NY) scored nine.

Seton Hall grabbed the lead early, jumping ahead of the ‘Cats, 15-8 with 11:09 to go in the first half. The Pirates extended the lead to 28-14 with 5:59 remaining in the half on a Leslie Ardon lay-up. UNH pulled to within 33-26 at the half thanks to two Mullen 3-pointers. Seton Hall maintained the advantage throughout most of the second half before taking its largest lead of the day, 63-48 with 3:31 remaining in the game.

Danen and Mullen were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Wildcats and were joined by Thomas and Langelier of Seton Hall. Also named to the team was Leah Truncale of Binghamton. Seton Hallís Cecilia Lindqvist was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

UNH returns to action next week when it hosts Marist College (11/20) and Big Ten power Michigan (11/23) at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip-off times for both contests are 7 p.m.

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