DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) scored a career-high 17 points and Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) added 16 points as the New Hampshire Wildcats withstood a late Providence rally to defeat the Friars, 62-52, Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
In 22 minutes of action, Williams shot 8-of-12 from the field, many of those opportunities coming off solid entry passes by her teammates. She also grabbed a crucial rebound with 30 seconds left to help the Wildcats extend their lead late in the game and earned three steals, tying a career high.
After scoring only three points in the first half, Adams came alive in the second half, making four consecutive field goals as well as four free throws in a row. She accounted for 13 of UNH's 15 points in a 15-8 run in the second half to increase the lead from two to nine points with 2:26 remaining in the game.
The final minute belonged to sophomore point guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), who hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts and cruised in for a layup as time ran out to ice the game for the Wildcats. Edwards finished the game with 11 points, five assists, and four steals.
Providence (0-10) was led by Jill Furstenburg, who led all players with a career-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Kristina Baugh hit three shots from behind the three-point line for 11 points but struggled with the ball as she committed eight turnovers.
The Friars kept the game close, as UNH's biggest lead turned out to be the final margin of ten points. After the Wildcats took a 26-17 lead late in the first half, Providence went on a 13-2 run to go ahead, 30-28, four minutes into the second half. New Hampshire went on an 11-2 run over a four-minute span in the second half to break a 38-38 tie and pull away from the Friars.
The Wildcats forced the Friars into 21 turnovers, earning 15 steals while committing only 15 turnovers of their own. Both teams shot well from the field, as Providence hit 47.9 percent of its field goal attempts and UNH hit 48 percent of its attempts from the field. The Wildcats enjoyed an advantage from the free throw line, hitting 11-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe while the Friars only received four free throw attempts, making three of them.
New Hampshire (4-4) finishes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to face St. Bonaventure for a New Year's Day matinee beginning at noon.