BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Katie McNamara (Essex Junction, Vt.) led four Catamounts in double-figures with 17 points as Vermont rolled past New Hampshire, 84-51, in America East women's basketball action.
Vermont improves to 10-12 overall and 4-10 in America East and snaps a season long four-game losing streak with the victory. New Hampshire falls to 9-14 overall and 5-9 in America East and has lost six straight games.
In the first half, the Catamounts gradually mounted a double-digit lead. A lay-up by senior Theresa LaRocque gave UVM a seven-point lead, 15-8, with 11:36 left in the half. Aaron Yantzi's lay-up at 6:26 put Vermont up 28-14 and a three-point play by McNamara at 3:43 pushed UVM's lead to 18 points, 36-18.
The Catamounts went to the locker room with a 22-point advantage, 46-24. McNamara finished the half with 13 of her 17 points and the Catamounts shot a scorching 62.5% from the field in the first 20 minutes. UNH senior Maren Matthias scored 14 of the Wildcats' 24 points in the half.
The second half was more of the same for Vermont. A pair of jumpers from sophomore Ashleigh Cuncic (Carlisle, Ontario) started and finished an 11-0 run for the Catamounts and gave them a 30-point lead, 67-37, with 8:06 left in the game.
Yantzi added 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Vermont. Theresa LaRocque (Randolph, Vt.) stuffed the box score with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals and Cuncic chipped in 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Vermont tied a school record for fewest turnovers in a game with just six miscues, the lowest in the league this season. The Catamounts also shot 41.2% from three-point territory and had 24 assists on 34 baskets.
Matthias led all scorers with 19 points to lead New Hampshire. Ray Williams added 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting. However, UNH shot just 39.2% from the field for the game and 25% from long range.
Vermont travels to Albany on Wednesday, February 25 for a 7:00pm contest. Listen to all the action on WVMT-620 AM and on the Internet at SportsJuice.com.