ORONO, MAINE-- Melissa Heon scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the University of Maine to a 67-45 victory over the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team on Wednesday night at Alfond Arena. With the loss UNH falls to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in America East, while Maine improves to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
UNH played well in the first half and actually held the lead until 10:10 of the opening stanza when Maine took a lead on a jumper by Heather Ernest to make it 21-19. UNH led by as many as nine points during that stretch after outscoring the home team with an 11-2 run to start the game and 16:32 to go before the intermission. The game was tied three times before Maine went up 30-27 at the half.
In the second stanza it was all Maine, which went on an 8-2 run to open up an 11-point lead and make it 40-29 in favor of the Black Bears with 15:36 to play. Maine, which held the lead the rest of the way, then went on another run and eventually led by 20 points (56-36) with 8:29 left. Maine led by as many as 25 points in the contest (65-40) with 1:58 to play.
UNH was led in scoring by senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford,Conn.) who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Also scoring in double-digits for the Wildcats was freshman forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and freshman guard Salee Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) with 10 points apiece.
One of the key stats in the loss was poor shooting by the Wildcats in the second half, as the team went 6-29 from the floor for a percentage of .207. UNH finished the game with a shooting percentage of .302 (16-53). The Wildcats outrebounded the home team by a 38-36 margin.
The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Jan. 17 when the team entertains Binghamton. Game time is 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.