BOSTON - The New Hampshire Wildcats were unable to come back from an 18-point first half deficit, as the Northeastern Huskies held on for a 67-61 victory Wednesday evening at Solomon Court.
The Huskies went on a 22-3 run over an 11-minute span midway through the first half to take a 28-10 lead. The Wildcats came right back, scoring 13 unanswered points and evetually cutting the Northeastern lead to seven at 32-25 going into the halftime break.
Northeastern (11-13, 6-9 America East) started the second half by scoring nine consecutive points to go back up by 16 at 41-25. The Wildcats played catchup the rest of the game, getting as close as four points down with eight seconds remaining, but time ran out on the comeback.
The Wildcats received a solid offensive night from Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), who hit four three-pointers in scoring a season-high 18 points. Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
The offensive star for the Huskies was Maralene Zwarich, who scored 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field. Francesca Vanin scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, while Jody Burrows contributed six points and seven assists.
The Huskies enjoyed a significant advantage at the free throw line, making 18-of-23 shots from the charity stripe while the Wildcats attempted only five foul shots, making two of them. Northeastern also outrebounded UNH, 39-34, and forced 19 Wildcat turnovers in the game.
New Hampshire (12-12, 8-7 America East) will travel to Stony Brook to face the Seawolves on Saturday, February 26, in a game that begins at 1 p.m. New Hampshire defeated Stony Brook earlier in the season in Durham and will be looking for the season sweep.