DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) scored 14 points and freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded a double-double with 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 58-52 victory over Northeastern University on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (9-8 overall, 5-3 America East) broke a 47-47 tie with 4:51 remaining in the contest on a layup by Williams that made it 49-47. That basket sparked a 12-4 run that the Wildcats utilized down the stretch to earn the victory. UNH iced it in the final 42 seconds, making four of their last five free throws, three of them by freshman forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine).
UNH jumped out to an early lead in the first half and led by as many as nine points with the score 11-2 and 15:30 left before the half on a layup by Williams. However, the Huskies (9-8 overall, 3-5), would not go away and eventually tied the game 20-20 with 8:25 remaining before the half after embarking on an 18-9 run of their own. The Wildcats led at the intermission by one, 29-28.
Northeastern was led in scoring by Maralene Zwarich with 14 points, while Francesca Vanin and Jody Burrows each chipped in 10 points. Vanin was the top rebounder for the Huskies and recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 42.3 percent from the floor for the game (22-52), as compared to a mark of .362 by the visitors (21-58). UNH also outrebounded the Huskies, 41-35.
Matthias also tied her season-high with four blocks in the contest. Sophomore guard Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) played a solid overall game for the Wildcats, scoring six points, grabbing six boards, dishing off six assists and recording four steals.
UNH will return to action on Wed., Feb. 4 when the squad travels to play Boston University. Game time is 7 p.m.