DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) became the 11th player in University of New Hampshire women's basketball history to record 1,000 career points Wednesday evening as the Wildcats dropped a 69-52 decision to Maine Wednesday evening in front of 1,030 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Black Bears captured their 11th straight game and moved to 15-4 overall and 8-0 in America East, while New Hampshire drops to 7-12 overall and 2-6 in the league.
Danen needed just one point entering Wednesday's contest and got it when she hit a free throw with 6:26 remaining in the first half. She would finish with nine points. Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) posted her 12th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The 12 double-doubles tie a school record. Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) also finished with 13 points. Heather Ernest and Melissa Heon paced Maine, with Ernest recording 21 points and 12 boards, while Heon netted 19 points.
Maine built a 39-24 halftime lead, but UNH would open the second half with a 8-2 run capped by a Matthias layup to slash the Black Bear lead to nine, 41-32, with 15:05 to play. Maine then went on an 11-4 run of its own capped by an Ernest basket to make it 52-36 with 10:37 remaining. UNH then went on a 8-1 run over the next 1:48 to cut the lead to nine with 8:49 left, but the 'Cats would get no closer.
The Black Bears netted the games six points and would eventually take a 25-13 lead with 8:07 left in the opening stanza. UNH scored the next six points to cut the lead to six, but the visitors outscored the 'Cats 14-5 over the final 4:51 to build their 15-point halftime cushion.
UNH returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 8) when it travels to Northeastern for a 1 p.m. America East contest, the first of three-straight on the road for the 'Cats. The next New Hampshire home game is Wednesday, February 19, when the Wildcats entertain Vermont in a 7 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.