FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) paced four Wildcats in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team suffered a 64-57 loss to Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center Sunday afternoon. UNH now stands at 5-6 on the season, while the host Pioneers improved to 6-3.
Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) recorded her second double-double of the season, registering 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Also reaching double figures with 10 points apiece for the Wildcats were Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.). Ashley Durmer netted all 15 of her points in the second half to lead the Pioneers.
After UNH took a 32-30 lead out of halftime, the two teams traded baskets, and the 'Cats went up 42-40 at the 14:06 mark with a Mullen trifecta from the left side. Sacred Heart would then go on a 10-0 run to take a 50-42 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Sacred Heart's lead would hover around eight until the 1:24 mark, when a three-pointer by Danen made it a 57-53 game. UNH would foul on the next SHU possession and two missed free throws gave the ball back to the 'Cats. New Hampshire would turn the ball over, and the hosts proceeded to hit 7-of-8 free throws over the final 1:02 to preserve the win.
UNH was down seven, 30-23, with 4:35 remaining in the first half. The 'Cats held Sacred Heart scoreless for the rest of the half as they put together a 9-0 run to close out the stanza.
The Wildcats outrebounded their opponent for the ninth-straight game, hauling down 48 rebounds as compared to Sacred Heart's 35. The 48 boards were a season high for New Hampshire.
The 'Cats open America East play January 9, when they travel to Maine for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The next home game is Sunday, January 12, when UNH entertains Albany in a 1 p.m. game at Lundholm Gymnasium.