VESTAL, N.Y. - New Hampshire could not continue its momentum from winning three consecutive conference home games, as the Binghamton Bearcats handed the Wildcats their first conference loss of the season, 67-42, Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
Laine Kurpniece led the Bearcats with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line. Laura Sario contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Nicole Lobach and Rachel Laws each added nine points in the victory.
Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) was the only UNH player to reach double figures in points, scoring ten points. Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scored nine points off the bench, and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) ccontributed three rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
After the Wildcats scored eight of the first ten points of the game, the Bearcats went on a 31-8 run to take a 33-16 lead. Clark scored the last five points of the half, including a basket at the buzzer, to bring UNH within 12 points at halftime.
Binghamton (3-10, 2-2 America East) scored the first basket of the second half, but UNH followed with eight unanswered points, six of them scored by senior Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.). The combination of Laws, Kurpniece and Lobach enabled the Bearcats to go on a 21-6 run and extend their lead to 21 points, pulling away from the Wildcats.
As in previous road games, poor shooting hurt the Wildcats, as they hit only 15-of-45 shots (33.3 percent) from the field in the game. Meanwhile, Binghamton hit 15-of-27 shots (55.6 percent) from the field in the opening stanza to take its double-digit lead. The Wildcats also committed 21 turnovers and were outrebounded by the Bearcats, 40-22.
New Hampshire (7-6, 3-1 America East) returns to action on Wednesday, January 19, traveling to Vermont to face the Catamounts beginning at 7 p.m.