DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team placed four players in double figures as the Wildcats fell to the University of Massachusetts 70-50 Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats now stand at 2-3 on the season while the Minutewomen improve to 5-1.
Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) paced UNH with 11 points apiece, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) each finished with 10. Matthias also grabbed eight rebounds, while Danen hauled down six. Jennifer Butler led all scorers with 19 points for UMass, while Nekole Smith and Ebony Pegues each added 18.
After trailing 34-26 at the break, UNH went on a 7-0 run capped by a Danen three-pointer to pull within one, 34-33, with 18:11 to play. The Minutewomen responded with a 10-0 run of their own capped by a Butler layup to go up 44-33 with just under 15 minutes remaining. UNH cut the gap to six, 46-40, with 12:40 left, on a Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) basket, but would get no closer the rest of the way.
The two teams traded baskets at the start of the game, but UMass would gradually pull away, taking a 30-18 lead with 4:48 remaining in the opening stanza on an Amber Sneed basket. The Wildcats would outscore their guests 8-4 over the remainder of the half to slash the deficit to eight.
New Hampshire outrebounded the Minutwomen 33-28 on the afternoon, holding a 24-20 edge on the defensive boards.
UNH plays the second of back-to-back home games Tuesday (Dec. 10) when the 'Cats entertain St. Francis (N.Y.). Tipoff at Lundholm is set for 7 p.m.