PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) had 15 points, five blocked shots and five rebounds as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was defeated by Liberty 87-64 Sunday afternoon in the second round of the Brown Classic at the Pizzitola Sports Center. UNH drops to 1-4 on the season while Liberty, the Big South champion a season ago, improves to 3-4.
Williams, a freshman, was 6-10 from the floor and 3-3 from the charity stripe. Her five blocked shots were one shy of the single-game school record. Classmate Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) drained three three-pointers and totaled a season-high 11 points, while senior Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) added 13 points.
After trailing 25-8 early, the Wildcats climbed back into the contest and tied the game at 32 late in the first half. The Lady Flames took a 42-38 lead into halftime and outscored the Wildcats 45-26 in the game's second 20 minutes while shooting 55.6% from the floor.
Liberty owned a 46-30 advantage in rebounding, including a 24-12 edge on the offensive glass.
New Hampshire returns to action Thursday, December 11, when the Wildcats entertain Wisconsin-Milwaukee. That game is scheduled for a 7:00 tipoff at Lundholm Gymnasium.