UNH WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STIFLES SACRED HEART, 75-45

DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) scored a game-high 16 points and UNH held Sacred Heart to 25 percent shooting for the game en route to a 75-45 victory over the Pioneers Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH, which got 38 points from its bench, reached the .500 plateau on the season at 5-5. Sacred Heart, which converted just 14 of 57 field goal attempts and committed 19 turnovers, drops to 4-5.

Maren Matthias was 4 of 8 from the field while also hitting for a career-high eight free throws. She also led the Wildcats with nine rebounds and blocked two shots. Sister Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) was also in double figures for UNH with 10 points while senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) had 14 points, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. With her threey treys Plencner moved closer to breaking the all-time mark for 3-point field goals in a career, currently held by Kelly Karl. Plencner now has 140 career 3-pointers, two shy of the 142 treys Karl notched from 1994-98.

Both teams showed early rust from the holiday layoff, combining for just 15 points in the first seven minutes. The Pioneers grabbed their largest lead, 10-7 with 12:34 remaining in the first half, but UNH scored 24 of the next 36 points to take a 31-22 halftime lead. The Wildcats opened the second half with a 15-4 run to break it open. Plencner's third trey of the night gave the Wildcats a commanding 57-37 lead with 8:27 remaining.

Freshman Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) had nine points and five rebounds off the bench for UNH. Sacred Heart was led by Brooke Kelly, who had a team-high 13 points. New Hampshire native Ashley Durmer also had four rebounds for the Pioneers.

UNH opens it conference schedule Wednesday (1/2) at Northeastern before returning home Jan. 6 to take on America East newcomer Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

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