DURHAM, N.H. - The New Hampshire Wildcats recovered from a sluggish start to earn a 70-64 victory over the Northeastern Huskies Tuesday evening in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats started the game shooting 1-of-16 from the floor as the Huskies took a 16-2 lead nine minutes into the first half. UNH found its shooting stroke, hitting 26-of-39 shots from the field for the rest of the game (66.7 percent).
Four players scored in double figures for the Wildcats, led by senior Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) with 15 points. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) contributed 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 11 points and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) came off the bench to score ten points.
Sophomore Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine), in her fourth start of the season, scored nine points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out a team-high six assists. Freshman Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.) continued to make a solid contribution off the bench for the Wildcats, scoring eight points on two three-pointers and grabbing three rebounds.
Northeastern (7-11, 2-7 America East) was led by freshman Shaleyse Smallwood, who hit four three-pointers in leading all players with 20 points, plus she had four assists. Maralene Zwarich, the conference's leading scorer coming into the game, scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds, and earned three steals, while senior Francesca Vanin notched a double-double with ten points and 12 rebounds.
A 10-0 run midway through the second half, started by five points from Adams, enabled the Wildcats to pull away from the Huskies. UNH won the game despite being outrebounded by Northeastern, 41-32. The Wildcats committed only 13 turnovers while forcing 15 turnovers from the Huskies.
New Hampshire (9-9, 5-4 America East) begins the second half of the conference season on Saturday, February 5, with a game against the Albany Great Danes. The game at Albany will be televised by Fox Sports New England beginning at 4 p.m.