DURHAM, N.H. - The New Hampshire Wildcats twice came within one point in the second half, but could not complete a rally from a 15-point first half deficit, as the Boston University Terriers held on, 67-63, Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats fell behind, 30-15, with under nine minutes remaining in the first half, but then slowly chipped away at the lead, finishing the half on a 18-7 run to cut the lead to four going into the locker room. After allowing the first basket of the second half, UNH scored the next five points to cut the BU advantage to one at 39-38, but the Terriers scored the next six points to expand the lead again.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the second half, but the Wildcats again came close, trailing only 56-55 with 4:39 remaining on a layup by Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.). The Terriers once again pulled away, scoring seven unanswered points to force UNH to commit fouls in the last minute.
Adams once again led the Wildcats in scoring, notching 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) came off the bench and hit three shots from behind the three-point line to score a season-high 11 points, while Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) contributed nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
For Boston University (9-7, 4-3 America East), Rachael Vanderwal played the entire game, scoring 16 points, pulling down five rebounds, dishing out five assists, and earning two steals. Corinne Jean, one of only two available bench players because of injuries, scored 13 points on three three-pointers, and Adrienne Norris contributed ten points, six rebounds, and two steals.
The Wildcats committed 22 turnovers, hurting their chances of making a successful comeback. Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field in the first half, but cooled off in the second half. UNH outrebounded the Terriers, 46-32, but Boston University blocked five UNH shots, two of those blocks coming from Larissa Parr, who also had four steals.
New Hampshire (7-9, 3-4 America East) will look to break a four-game overall losing streak and a 13-game road losing streak on Saturday, traveling south to face the UMBC Retrievers in a game that begins at 1 p.m.