DURHAM, N.H. -Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) recorded her third-straight double-double with 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 63-58 America East win over Northeastern Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improved to 2-1 in conference play and 7-7 overall, while the Huskies fell to 3-12 and 1-3 in the league.
Matthias scored 12 of her points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second half. Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) netted 17 points, going 6-13 from the field, despite playing with the flu. Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) netted nine of her 12 points in the second half and now needs just 29 points to become the 11th player in Wildcat history with 1,000 career points. Joi Jefferson paced the Huskies with 14 points.
The second half was a nip-and-tuck affair, as neither side led by more than five points the entire half. Northeastern managed to eke out a three point lead, 53-50, after a basket by Francesca Vanin with 4:33 remaining. The Wildcats would score the next four points and take a 54-53 lead after a putback by Emily Caschera (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) with 2:21 remaining. The Huskies responded 20 seconds later when Maralene Zwarich scored to make it 55-54 in favor of the visitors.
On UNH's next possession, Matthias, double-teamed in the post, kicked the ball out to a wide-open Danen at the top of the key. She would drain the three to give UNH a 57-55 advantage. On the next NU trip, Matthias fouled Michelle Decerbo in the act of shooting. She would make 1-of-2 to cut the Wildcat lead to one with 1:30 left.
Danen would be fouled with 41.6 seconds left handling the ball and she would sink both free throws to put UNH up 59-56. The Huskies came up empty on their next possession and Caschera was fouled on the rebound. She sank both to make it 61-56. Aisha Williams scored with four seconds left for NU, but Mullen converted a pair from the line to seal the victory.
UNH led by as many as eight in the first half, after a pair of free throws by Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) with 2:02 left made it 29-21. Northeastern would score the final five points of the half to cut the lead to three, 29-26, at the break.
New Hampshire outrebounded the Huskies 45-33 on the afternoon. UNH has outrebounded 11 of 14 opponents this season.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday (January 22) when they travel to Boston University for a 7 p.m. game. The next UNH home game is January 25, when the 'Cats host Binghamton in a 1 p.m. contest.