New Hampshire women's basketball falls to Vermont, 76-70

BURLINGTON, VT. - Despite Maren Matthias' (Guilford, Conn.) 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 rebounds, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University of Vermont, 76-70, on Wednesday at Patrick Gym in Burlington, Vermont.

The Catamounts (11-5, 3-3 America East) had four players in double figures, including Morgan Hall with 17 points, Theresa Larocque and Lani Boardman with 16 apiece and Dawn Cressman with 11. Morgan also had a double-double as she pulled down 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats (7-10, 2-4 America East) trailed by as much as 15 points late in the second half following a 15-4 Catamount run that gave the host a 61-46 lead with 7:51 to play.

UNH chipped the lead to nine with 5:08 to play as senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) hit a three to make it 65-56. However, UVM quickly pushed its lead back to 13, getting four consecutive free throws from Larocque on back-to-back plays.

The Wildcats got the deficit under 10 (71-63) once more on a layup by Matthias and then a three by sophomore Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) with 2:34 to play. However, UNH never mounted a serious threat on the Vermont lead the rest of the way, despite at last second field goal by Livingston (11 points) to make it a six-point ball game, 76-70.

With 2:26 before halftime the UNH and Vermont were tied at 28 apiece. But UVM went on an 8-0 run to make it 36-28 as the two teams headed to the locker room.

The Wildcat return to action at Stony Brook on Sunday (noon). The game will be the America East TV game of the week.

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