CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After a close first half, Boston College's offensive firepower proved to be too much for New Hampshire as the 17th-ranked Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 78-49, Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
The Wildcats were able to successfully slow the pace of the game down in the first half, neutralizing the Eagles' ability to score points quickly. After taking a 12-11 lead with 14:22 remaining in the first half, UNH was outscored 16-3 over the next six minutes, but came back to outscore Boston College 11-4 over the final eight minutes of the half to cut the Eagle lead to 31-26 at halftime.
The beginning of the second half belonged to Clare Droesch and Jessalyn Deveny, who combined to score the first 15 Eagle points of the second half in a six-minute span. At that point, Boston College (7-1), who hit 71.4 percent of its second half field goal attempts, had a 16-point lead and did not let the Wildcats get any closer.
Deveny finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, all game highs. Droesch added 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Boston College center Kathrin Ress contributed 12 points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots.
For the Wildcats, Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) each scored eight points to lead the team. Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) earned seven points and five rebounds, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) also scored seven points each.
New Hampshire (3-4) struggled in the shooting department, making only 32.7 percent of its field goal attempts. Both teams made the vast majority of their free throw attempts, as UNH hit 85.7 percent (12-of-14) while Boston College, led by Deveny's perfect 8-for-8 performance from the charity stripe, hit 84 percent of its free throw attempts (21-of-25).
The Wildcats now take a 17-day break from game action as the school enters finals week and the Christmas holiday break. They will face another Big East school on December 28, as Providence College comes to Lundholm Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. game.