WILDCATS TAKE SEASON OPENER OVER YALE, 75-59
Ashley Cerniglia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team went on a 30-4 run midway through the second half to come from behind and defeat the Yale Bulldogs, 75-59, Saturday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Down 46-40 four minutes into the second half, the Wildcats tightened their defense and saw their offensive production improve dramatically. Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led the way for UNH, scoring 13 of her game-high 20 points during the ten-minute run, while Yale made only 1-of-14 field goal attempts during that span of time.

Sophomore Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from the free throw line, while Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) also reached double figures with 11 points in the game. Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) was a presence inside the paint, leading all players with eight total rebounds and five blocked shots.

Yale (0-1) received 19 points from Kaitlyn Lillemoe and 13 points from Kaitlin Emmerling, each player making three baskets from behind the three-point line. However, the Bulldogs did most of their damage in the first half, as Yale built its lead to as much as 11 (37-26) thanks to five three-pointers and nine UNH turnovers.

The Wildcats finished the game shooting 48 percent (28-of-58) from the field and 70 percent (16-of-23) from the free throw line as UNH forced Yale to commit 24 personal fouls in the game. New Hampshire also outrebounded the Bulldogs, 42-35, as UNH defeated Yale for the ninth time in as many meetings all-time.

New Hampshire (1-0) holds its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 22, against the Marist College Red Foxes. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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