DURHAM, N.H. - Kate Poulin's (Kitchener, Ontario) runner with 0.1 seconds remaining lifted the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a season-opening 86-85 victory over St. Bonaventure Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. St. Bonaventure dropped to 1-1 on the season.
Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) finished with 24 points, 20 of those coming in the second half, going 10-14 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line, while freshman Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) had 16 points, 14 of those coming in the first half. Poulin finished with eight points, seven assists and five rebounds, while Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) each finished with eight points.
Stefanie Collins led five Bonnies in double figures with a game-high 32 points.
UNH led by one, 84-83, with 13.6 seconds remaining after a Lyndsey Maurer basket. On the inbounds play, Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) was whistled for an offensive foul handing the ball back to the guests. Maurer would bank a shot home from the left block with seven seconds remaining to give the Bonnies an 85-84 lead. UNH would call timeout to set up the final play.
The ball was inbounded to Edwards, who found Poulin on the left side of the floor near midcourt. Poulin then dribbled in and threw up a runner from 12 feet that bounced off the glass and went through the hoop with 0.1 showing on the clock. St. Bonaventure was unable to get a shot off before time expired.
UNH trailed by 12, 66-54, with 8:15 to go after SBU's Megan Cable converted a basket and trailed 72-62 with 6:21 to go before embarking on a 15-5 run to tie the game on a pair of Poulin free throws with 2:21 to go. The run featured eight points by Matthias, including a pair of conventional three-point plays. New Hampshire then took an 80-77 lead with 1:45 left on a Woods trifecta.
Collins would cut the lead to one with 1:23 to go on a Collins basket. Matthias put UNH up 82-79 with a pair of free throws with 49.8 seconds remaining and pushed the lead to four with 34.1 seconds left on an Edwards make from the charity stripe. Shannon Bodamer converted a pair from the line before Poulin made 1-of-2 to make it 84-81 with 20 seconds left.
UNH led by nine, 28-19, with 8:26 left in the first half after an Edwards basket. The Bonnies then embarked on a 10-1 run to tie the game at 29 with 6:19 left. Matthias left the game with just under 16 minutes to go in the first half with her second foul, but Williams, making her collegiate debut, had 14 points and four rebounds in the opening stanza, going 6-7 from the floor.
The 86 points UNH scored were the most since January 14, 1997 in a 94-79 win over Brown. The 'Cats shot 51.6% for the game and 13-18 from the free throw line (72.2%)
UNH returns to action Saturday (November 29) when it hosts Georgetown in a 1:00 contest at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game can be heard live on the UNH Sports Network.