DURHAM, N.H. - Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) netted a career-high 20 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 67-66 win over Boston University, the third-place team in America East, Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats have now won three out of their last four and stand at 5-8 in America East and 10-14 overall. BU now stands at 11-13 overall and 8-5 in the league. The win also clinched a slot in the upcoming America East tournament for the 'Cats.
Adams, whose previous career best was 16 points, drained 4-of-5 three-point attempts and finished 6-7 from the floor and 4-5 from the line. Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) netted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was 6-8 from the floor and totaled 13 points. Katie Terhune paced the Terriers with 22 points, while Katie Meinhardt added 15.
After withstanding an 8-0 Boston University run to start the second half, the Wildcats would gradually pull away, and a pair of free throws by Matthias with 9:50 remaining made it a 56-41 ballgame. BU would then go on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to six with 6:56 left, but a three-pointer by Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) made it 61-52 with 5:49 left. Two free throws by Terhune with 2:13 left cut the UNH lead to three at 65-62.
An Alison Argentieri (13 points) layup with 29 seconds to go made it a 65-64 game, but Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) was fouled on the inbounds and sank two free throws with 25.3 on the clock to push the lead back to three. Another Argentieri basket with 10 seconds to play made it 67-66, but after Adams missed a free throw with eight seconds left, the Terriers got a final chance. Argentieri's attempt fell short and Matthias grabbed the rebound with 0.3 left. She would miss a free throw but BU couldn't get another attempt before time expired.
New Hampshire opened the game by outscoring the Terriers 14-1 in the game's first 3:56, but the guests would respond with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to five with 13:10 to go in the opening stanza. The 'Cats opened up their largest lead, 37-21, in the waning moments of the half and took a 37-26 lead into the locker room.
New Hampshire shot a season-high 54.5% from the floor for the contest, including going 11-for-18 (61.1%) in the second half. The 'Cats also made 8-of-15 three-point attempts on the evening (53.3%).
UNH is back in action Saturday (March 1) when they host Stony Brook in a 1 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.