BOSTON - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) continued her hot hand with 22 points, 18 in the second half, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team suffered a 78-61 setback at Northeastern Saturday afternoon at Solomon Court. The Huskies, who have won five of their last six since losing to UNH 63-58 on January 18, improved to 8-13 and 6-4 in league play, while the Wildcats now stand at 7-13 and 2-7 in the league.
Matthias, who was limited to seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, finished 8-of-16 from the floor and 6-10 from the free throw line in 26 minutes of action to finish in double figures in scoring for the 11th straight game. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.), who returned from a six-game layoff, and Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) each finished with nine points for the 'Cats. Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) dished out nine assists.
After trailing by as many as eight earlier in the first half, UNH cut the lead to two, 28-26, with 3:24 left in the opening frame on a pair of Adams free throws. The Huskies would then score the half's last 11 points, including eight in the final 1:01 of action, to take a 38-26 lead at the break. The run was capped by back-to-back threes by NU's Aisha Williams and Melissa Kowalski.
Matthias would score New Hampshire's first seven points of the second half as the Wildcats trimmed the lead to nine, 42-33, with 16:17 to play. Northeastern would then go on a 10-1 run capped by a Katarina Andersson conventional three-point play with 13:27 left to make the score 52-34 in favor of the hosts. UNH would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the afternoon.
New Hampshire kicks off a pivotal week Wednesday (February 12) when it travels to Hartford for a 7 p.m. America East contest. The next New Hampshire home game is Wednesday, February 19, when the Wildcats entertain Vermont in a 7 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.