BALTIMORE--Sophomore guard Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 20 points and three other Wildcats scored in double figures to lead the University of New Hampshire to a 65-54 victory on Wednesday night at UMBC.
The Wildcats took control of the contest with 4:21 left in the first half when Woods scored to make it 20-17 in favor of UNH (7-7 overall, 3-2 America East). That basket sparked a 9-2 run that gave the visitors a 10-point lead at halftime (29-19) with six of the points during the final 4:21 of the half scored by Woods.
In the second stanza, UNH came out of the lockerroom and scored the first five points of the second half to build a 15-point (34-19) lead with 17:50 to play. The Wildcats led by as many as 16 points (41-25) with 14:54 to play in the game.
UMBC (0-14, 0-5 America East), whittled the UNH lead down to just seven points (50-43) with 5:50 remaining in the game but a three-pointer by sophomore guard Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) followed by a basket by senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) gave UNH a 12-point advantage with 3:15 left on the clock. The Wildcats held on down the stretch making 7-8 free throws from the charity stripe in the final 1:28 to ice the victory.
In addition to the 20 points by woods, Hardy scored 13 points for UNH, while Matthias and sophomore guard Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) each contributed 11 points apiece. Matthias recorded her 22nd straight double-digit scoring effort, while also checking in with a double-double after pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The home team was led by Courtney Doughman and Maria Brown, who each scored 11 points.
Both teams shot 42 percent from the floor, but UNH held an impressive edge in rebounding (37-27).
The UNH women's basketball team will return home this Saturday (Jan. 24) for a traditional conference rivalry matchup vs. Vermont. Game time is 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.