DURHAM, N.H. - In a closely-contested matchup, the New Hampshire Wildcats were able to make several plays in the final five minutes to defeat the Vermont Catamounts, 70-65, in America East women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Vermont (11-12, 7-7 America East) was able to open a six-point lead two different times in the game, but the Wildcats came back each time to overtake the visitors and eventually earn the victory. There were nine ties and 11 lead changes over the course of the game, but a 9-2 run by UNH late in the second half proved to be the difference.
For the first time in two years, five different players scored in double figures for the Wildcats. Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) came off the bench to score 14 points to lead UNH, hitting 7-of-11 shots from the field. The sophomore forward also pulled down five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) made 5-of-6 shots from the field to score 11 points, plus she grabbed six rebounds. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.), Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scored ten points each for the Wildcats, with Adams also contributing five assists and a team-high seven rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds, earned two steals, and led the squad with six assists. Another solid bench player for UNH was freshman Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.), who went 3-of-5 from the field in scoring seven points in 17 minutes of action.
Four players scored in double figures for the Catamounts, led by senior Lani Boardman, who led all players with 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Ashleigh Cuncic and Chrissy Battram combined for seven three-pointers as they scored 13 points each, while Alexis Castro came off the bench to contribute ten points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.
The Wildcats had their chances to put the game away sooner, but the team made only 6-of-14 shots from the free throw line in the second half and 45 percent (9-of-20) of their attempts from the charity stripe for the game. UNH posted the best shooting percentage from the field of the season, hitting 57.4 percent (27-of-47) of its attempts, including 64 percent (16-of-25) in the second half. Vermont stayed in the game in part by outrebounding UNH, 32-30, including ten offensive rebounds for the Catamounts.
New Hampshire (12-11, 8-6 America East) will look to maintain its third-place position in the conference standings Wednesday night, traveling to Boston to face the Northeastern Huskies beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies, 70-64, on February 1 in Durham.