DURHAM, N.H. - With a combination of balanced scoring, tough defense and a little bit of luck, the New Hampshire Wildcats were able to defeat the Binghamton Bearcats, 66-50, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats cruised to the victory despite the fact that no UNH player reached double figures for the game. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.), Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) shared the team lead with nine points each.
Sophomore Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) contributed eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.) each added seven points to the winning effort.
The UNH defense did a solid job of containing the Binghamton offense, as the Bearcats shot only 32 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the game. In the second half, Binghamton hit only 21.4 percent (6-of-28) of its shots as the Wildcats slowly expanded a three-point halftime lead to as much as 17 points near the end of the game.
The luck for UNH came on two three-point shots, one in each half. Eight minutes into the game, with the shot clock at one, Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) launched a shot from her hip that went straight in the basket.
With 16:23 remaining in the second half, Adams needed to launch a desperation three-point shot as the shot clock ran out. The shot from about 22 feet bounced up off the back of the rim and came straight down through the net, increasing the Wildcat lead to six points at that point.
Rachel Laws led Binghamton (6-15, 5-7 America East) with 11 points and ten rebounds, but seven of those points came from the foul line. Rebecka Lindgren and Laine Kurpniece each scored eight points for the Bearcats.
New Hampshire (11-10, 7-5 America East) continues its three-game homestand on Wednesday, February 16, by hosting the conference-leading Hartford Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium beginning at 7 p.m.