Danielle Clark

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior forwards Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) each earned a double-double to lead the New Hampshire Wildcats to a 70-55 victory over the Albany Great Danes Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.

After Albany (6-18, 2-11 America East) jumped out to a 13-2 lead five minutes into the game, Clark scored five consecutive points, then Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) converted on a traditional three-point play to bring the Wildcats within three at 13-10. UNH later finished the first half by outscoring the Great Danes 10-2 to take a 29-24 halftime advantage.

The Wildcats opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 38-26 lead, but Albany went on its own 12-2 run to cut the UNH lead to two (43-41) halfway through the second half. Ignited by a three-pointer by Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.), New Hampshire outscored Albany 12-2 over the next four minutes to go back up by 12, and the Great Danes got as close as six points before UNH went on a final 11-2 run to seal the victory.

Clark led the Wildcats with 20 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season and third of her career. She shot 6-of-10 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, plus she dished out four assists and earned three steals.

Williams, replacing the injured Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) in the starting lineup, scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, eight of those offensive rebounds. Williams, who earned her fifth career double-double, led the Wildcats with five assists and a blocked shot in 28 minutes of action.

Flowers played her best game of the conference season, scoring nine points, seven of them in the first half. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit two big three-pointers in the second half and finished with eight points, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) contributed seven points, six rebounds, and three steals and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) added seven points, two assists, and two steals.

Amanda Ward scored half of Albany's second half points, finishing the game with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. Jen Schumacher, Albany's leading scorer coming into the game, hit three baskets from behind the three-point line in the first half, but was held to just one shot attempt in the second half.

Both teams shot under 30 percent from the field in the first half, but heated up after halftime, as Albany went 11-of-23 (47.8%) from the field in the second half while UNH hit 14-of-28 field goal attempts (50%) after halftime. Both teams took advantage of their free throw chances, hitting at least 80 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe. The Wildcats committed only 11 turnovers while forcing Albany into 19 turnovers.

New Hampshire (14-11, 6-8 America East) plays its final home game of the season Saturday, February 25, at 1 p.m. against the Boston University Terriers. Before the game, seniors Adams, Hardy, and Woods will be honored for their contributions to the UNH program. For ticket information, call 1-866-WILDCAT or go online to www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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