DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) led the University of New Hampshire with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds, but the Wildcats lost on Senior Night to Boston University in the regular season finale, 68-57.
The Wildcats (10-17 overall, 6-12 America East) held a very early lead (6-3) with 16:16 to go in the first half, but that was all. Boston University (17-10 overall, 12-6 America East) took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Katie Terhune who made it 9-3 in favor of the visitors when she hit a three-pointer with 14:57 remaining before the intermission. That basket sparked a 14-3 run that opened up an 11-point lead for the visitors (20-9) with 8:56 remaining before the half. UNH eventually cut the lead to three points (22-19), but trailed (28-21) at the intermission.
The Wildcats stayed within striking distance for most of the second half, but BU responded to all of UNH's efforts. The closest the Wildcats got in the second stanza was within five points (38-33) on a made layup by Matthias with 14:12 to play. However, the Terriers responded again, gradually building up a 12-point lead, their biggest of the game, with 49 seconds to play.
In addition to the 19 points by Matthias, freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) added 12 points and freshman guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored 10.
The Terriers were led in scoring by Becky Bonnor who poured in a game-high 21 points and five rebounds, while Terhune added 17 points. Adrienne Norris scored 12 for the visitors.
BU outshot UNH by a 43.4 percent to 39.0 percent margin and the visitors outrebounded the Wildcats, 41-32.
With the loss, UNH will be competing in one of two play-in games at the America East tournament held at the University of Hartford. The play-in games are scheduled for Wed. March 10. The final tournament bracket will be determined tomorrow as there are still four America East regular season contests to be played. However, BU has already secured the No. 3 spot.