DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 73-66 victory over Stony Brook at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Matthias, one of four UNH players to score in double digits, has now moved up to fourth on UNH's all-time career scorers list with 1,446 points, surpassing the mark of 1,434 set by former Wildcat star Orsi Farkas.
UNH (10-15 overall, 6-10 America East) was down 6-0 to start the game following a pair of quick three-pointers by Stony Brook (7-18, 6-10), but quickly recovered with a 22-3 run of their own to take a 22-9 lead with 9:49 remaining in the opening stanza. The Wildcats never trailed again after that point, but the Seawolves fought back several times, including a 24-14 run to close out the first half and cut the difference to just three points at the intermission, 36-33.
The second half was similar as UNH opened up an impressive 18-point lead (58-40) with 13:06 to play in the contest on the heels of a 22-6 run. However, Stony Brook once again fought its way back into the game and closed the gap to just three points (62-59) with 4:55 to go, utilizing a furious 19-4 run of their own.
However, UNH held on down the stretch with three free throws by sophomore guard Emily Hardy (Westbrook Conn.) and two more by freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ont.) to ice the win for UNH.
Williams recorded her third double-double of the season for UNH with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. A strong candidate for the America East all-rookie squad, Williams also recorded three assists, two steals and one block. Williams shot 6-11 from the floor and, combined with frontcourt teammate Matthias, the pair shot 16-25 from the floor for a shooting percentage of .640. Also scoring in double-digits for UNH were freshman guard Salee Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) with 12 points and Hardy with 11.
Stony Brook was led in scoring by Mykeema Ford, who poured in a game-high 24 points. In addition, Kelly Watson added 16 points for the visitors.
As a team, UNH shot 48.4 percent (30-63), while holding the Seawolves to 36.4 percent (24-66). Stony Brook held a slight edge in rebounding, 42-41.
The women's basketball team will return to action on Tuesday, March 2 at Northeastern. Game time is 7 p.m. at Cabot Gym. The team will play its final home contest (Senior Day) on Friday, March 5 vs. Boston University. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gym.