ALBANY, N.Y.- Senior point guard Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored the game winning bucket on an off-balance jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to their second straight victory, 62-61 over the University at Albany Great Danes on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the 'Cats to 9-13, (4-7 America East) while Albany falls to 9-13 (3-8 AE).
Following a missed three-pointer by Albany's Kathryn Hemlock with 10 seconds remaining, UNH picked up the ball after a mad scramble and was able to call a timeout. Mullen then took the inbounds pass the length of the court, used a screen at the top of the key from a Wildcat teammate and drained the game-winning ten-footer with less than a second left on the clock. Albany was unable to get a shot off, and the 'Cats won their second straight conference road game.
Leading UNH for the game was junior Marren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.), who scored a game-high 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field and grabbed a team-high nine boards. Mullen and sophomore Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) also hit double digits for the 'Cats, as they each netted 12 points. Mullen also handed out seven assists to go with her 12 points. Leading three Albany double digit scorers was guard Jess McGinlay, who poured in 16 in the losing effort. Sarah Sweetland (13) and Kathryn Hemlock (10) were the other Great Danes in double figures.
Following a first half that saw them leading, 32-28, the Great Danes tried to put the game out of reach early in the second half, as they used a 9-2 run to open up an 11 point lead, 41-30 with just under 17 minutes remaining in the game. The 'Cats however, went on an eight point run of their own to close the gap to just three, 41-38. After exchanging baskets over the next 8:30, Matthias' layup with 3:40 to play capped a 9-0 Wildcat run that gave UNH a four-point lead, 60-56, and its first lead of the second half. However the hosts would respond, scoring the game's next five points to take a 61-60 lead with just over a minute play before Mullen hit the decisive game-winner for UNH.
The win signified the second consecutitive come-from-behind victory for the 'Cats. Last Wednesday, UNH overcame a 32-19 halftime deficit to knock off Hartford on the road, 56-53.
The 'Cats look to extend their winning streak to a season-high three games this Wednesday when they start a four-game homestand against Vermont. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham.