WILDCATS OPEN CONFERENCE SEASON WITH 68-61 WIN
Danielle Clark

DURHAM, N.H. -- Juniors Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) combined for 20 second-half points and 12 offensive rebounds as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats outscored the UMBC Retrievers, 28-11, over the final nine and a half minutes of the game to earn a 68-61 victory Wednesday night in women's basketball action at Lundholm Gym.

Down 51-40 with 9:33 left in the game, Clark and Williams scored the next eight Wildcat points, then Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a three-pointer to cut the UMBC lead to five. That started an 8-0 run concluded by three points from Williams to tie the game at 56 with five minutes left.

After UMBC's Matea Pender hit one free throw, Clark hit a three-pointer off a pass from Williams to give UNH its first lead in 12 minutes (59-57). Over the next two and a half minutes, UMBC committed three turnovers, and Woods hit another three-pointer with less than two minutes left in the half to increase the Wildcat lead to five. The Wildcats hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to ice the game.

Clark led all players with 24 points and nine rebounds, plus she dished off four assists and earned a steal and a blocked shot. Woods hit four three-pointers in the game on her way to a season-high 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Williams scored nine points, all in the second half, grabbed eight rebounds, and earned three assists.

Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) each hit four free throws on their way to six points each, with Edwards also contributing three rebounds, three assists, and four steals. For the game, UNH shot 20-of-23 from the free throw line (87.0%) and outrebounded the Retrievers, 42-31, including 19 offensive rebounds for the Wildcats.

UMBC (8-4, 0-1 America East) was led by Pender, who hit all three attempts from the three-point line to score 20 points, plus she pulled down seven rebounds. Sharri Rohde earned 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Amanda Robinson contributed ten points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots, and three steals.

The Wildcats were able to make the comeback despite shooting only 34.5 percent from the field (20-of-58), the lowest shooting percentage on the season. UNH made only one field goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half as UMBC went on a 16-3 run over a six and a half minute span to take the 51-40 lead.

New Hampshire (9-2, 1-0 America East) travels to Binghamton to face the Bearcats Saturday, January 7, at noon, in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports New England. The next home game for the Wildcats is Saturday, January 14, at 1 p.m. against the Stony Brook Seawolves.

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