DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped a 71-43 decision to the University of Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium Wednesday evening. UNH, which entered the game winners of its last two contests, now stand at 9-14 overall and 4-8 in America East play. The Catamounts captured their fourth in a row and improved to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in the league.

Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) paced the Wildcats, as she netted 15 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor. The junior also grabbed seven rebounds. Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) canned four three-pointers and finished with 14 points. Aaron Yantzi paced four UVM players in double figures with 22 points. Morgan Hall had 20, while Lani Boardman and Dawn Cressman added 11 apiece. Cressman hauled down a game-high 14 boards.

In the first half, UNH took a 13-8 lead with 14:32 remaining when Matthias converted a conventional three-point play. She would soon pick up her second foul and go to the bench, allowing the Catamounts to go on a 16-0 run capped by a Yantzi basket at the 7:11 mark. UNH would cut the lead to 24-20 with 4:39 left on a pair of free throws by Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) but Vermont scored the half's final seven points to take a 31-20 lead at the break.

The Catamounts would open the second half on a 11-2 run, and a Boardman layup with 17:25 to play made it 42-22. New Hampshire cut the lead to 45-29 on a Matthias basket with 12:19 left, but the Catamounts came up with the game's next eight points to take a 53-29 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the ballgame.

Vermont was 17-33 (51.5%) from the floor in the second half and 48.4% for the game, while UNH shot a season-low 30% from the floor. UVM outrebounded the 'Cats 38-30.

New Hampshire returns to action a week from Wednesday (Feb. 26) when they entertain Boston University in a 7 p.m. contest at Loundholm Gymnasium.

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