UNH's DANIELLE CLARK SCORES CAREER-HIGH 27 POINTS IN DEFEAT
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Despite a career-high 27 points from Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine), the New Hampshire Wildcats were unable to contain Stony Brook's Jessica Smith, who scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half to lead the Seawolves to a 62-56 victory Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at the SBU Sports Complex.
Clark shot 9-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-5 from the three-point line, and 6-of-8 from the free throw line in notching her sixth game of 20 or more points this season. After scoring 12 points in the first half, the junior forward earned eight of UNH's first ten points in the second half to keep the Wildcats within two at 37-35 with 12:51 remaining in the game.
Every time the Wildcats came within a basket of tying the game in the second half, it was Smith who hit a shot that gave the Seawolves a cushion. She shot 7-of-10 from the field in the second half, plus earned a double-double by pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive end.
Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) came off the bench and contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Williams and Clark combined to score the first 18 Wildcat points in the second half, with Williams hitting three consecutive shots midway through the half to cut the Stony Brook lead to four at 45-41 with 10:16 left.
Stony Brook (15-7, 8-3 America East) won the rebounding battle, 38-27, including 15 offensive rebounds for the Seawolves. The Seawolves shot 41.8 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line, while the Wildcats hit 42.6 percent of their field goal attempts and 64.7 percent of their free throw attempts. Both teams had problems holding onto the ball, as UNH committed 18 turnovers while Stony Brook committed 17 turnovers.
Playing 39 minutes in the game, UNH senior Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) contributed eight points, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. The three-pointer she hit at the start of the game was her 100th trifecta of her career, the fifth UNH player to achieve that mark.
Dana Ferraro and Mykeema Ford each scored ten points for Stony Brook, with Ferraro also earning seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Sidney Orndorff earned eight points and four assists, while Kelly Watson came off the bench and scored eight points for the Seawolves.
New Hampshire (13-10, 5-7 America East) will look to get back on the winning track Saturday, February 18, against the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine, beginning at noon. The Wildcats won the first meeting on January 18, 63-59, but have not won at Maine's Alfond Arena since February 1, 1998.