STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The New Hampshire Wildcats came out of the gate hitting three-pointers, and then clamped down on their defense in the second half to defeat the Stony Brook Seawolves, 74-58, Saturday afternoon in America East's women's basketball action at the Indoor Sports Complex.
UNH jumped out to an 18-2 lead five minutes into the game thanks in part to the three-point shot. The Wildcats hit six three-pointers in the first nine minutes to open a 19-point lead at 28-9. Stony Brook chipped away at the UNH lead, closing to within four points on a three-pointer by Mykeema Ford with 1:31 remaining in the half, but that would be as close as the Seawolves would get the rest of the game.
Eight players that saw action for the Wildcats scored at least five points, led by Danielle Clark's (Corinna, Maine) 13 points, including four free throws in the last minute to ice the game. Clark earned the first double-double by a UNH player this season as she also led the team with 11 rebounds.
Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit two three-pointers early in the first half on her way to 11 points, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) also scored 11 points, plus she grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists, and earned two steals. Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) went 5-of-7 from the field on her way to contributing ten points, five rebounds, and two steals to the winning cause.
Before fouling out late in the game, Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored nine points, pulled down six rebounds, dished out five assists, and earned two steals. The UNH bench also made a solid contribution, as Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) shot 4-of-5 from the field in scoring eight points, Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.) scored seven points, and Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) added five points, three assists, and a blocked shot.
Stony Brook's (8-17, 6-10 America East) top two scorers provided most of the offense for the Seawolves, as Ford led all players with 18 points and Jessica Smith scored 16 points. Of their 34 combined points, 25 of them came in the first half, as Ford shot 1-of-14 in the second half and Smith had few chances under UNH's increased pressure.
UNH outrebounded Stony Brook, 43-33, and forced the Seawolves into 21 personal fouls while committing only 12 of their own. New Hampshire shot 48.1 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line, while Stony Brook was held to 35.8 percent shooting from the field, including 19 percent (4-of-21) from the three-point line.
New Hampshire (13-12, 9-7 America East) returns to Durham for its final home game of the season on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. against the UMBC Retrievers. The Wildcats defeated the Retrievers earlier this season, 73-61, in Baltimore.