Ray Williams

DURHAM, N.H. - The New Hampshire Wildcats established a big lead, then needed to withstand two Maine rallies to hold off the Black Bears, 60-57, Tuesday evening in women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats shot a sizzling 57.1 percent from the field in the first half in taking a 29-25 halftime lead. UNH then went on a 15-2 run early in the second half to extend its lead to 44-29 with 14:53 left in the half, punctuated by a three-pointer by Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine).

Maine went on a 16-2 run over the next six and a half minutes to cut the Wildcat lead to one at 48-47. After UNH scored nine of the next 11 points to go up 57-49 with 2:48 remaining, the Black Bears went on a final rally, getting within two points on a Missy Traversi jumper with 52 seconds remaining.

Clark was fouled with 16 seconds left in regulation, but made only one of the two free throw attempts, giving the Black Bears a chance to tie the game. Traversi attempted two three-pointers, but neither one found the basket, and junior Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) pulled down the final rebound to give the Wildcats the victory, their first over the Black Bears since January 14, 2001.

Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) led the Wildcats with 14 points and eight rebounds, including five offensive boards. Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) hit her first four field goal attempts on her way to a 12-point, six-rebound night, but she missed four free throw attempts down the stretch.

Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored seven points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds, while Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y,) contributed six points and six assists. Adams was not the only Wildcat player to miss free throws, as the team shot a combined 11-of-20 (55%) from the charity stripe.

Maine (6-7, 2-1 America East) was led by 15 points from Bracey Barker and 12 points from Traversi. Ashley Underwood and Kim Corbitt each scored ten points, with Corbitt also earning eight assists and four steals. Monica Peterson, named America East Player of the Week on Monday after back-to-back double-doubles last week, was held to six points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.

New Hampshire (7-5, 3-0 America East) begins a three-game road swing on Saturday, traveling to Binghamton to face the Bearcats beginning at 1 p.m.

View: Mobile | Desktop