DURHAM, N.H. -- Five players scored in double figures for the University of New Hampshire as the Wildcats held off the University of Maine Black Bears, 63-59, Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Maine (5-10, 1-3 America East) held the lead throughout the vast majority of the first half and went into the locker room at halftime up 30-27. The Wildcats started the second half on a 14-1 run, taking a 41-31 lead six minutes into the second half. The Bears hung around, getting within two points at 50-48 with 6:16 left, but UNH hit 7-of-8 free throw attempts in the final two minutes to earn the victory.
Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) each scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats. Edwards hit two three-pointers and also contributed three rebounds, two assists, and five steals, while Williams added five rebounds and four blocked shots to her point total.
Three other Wildcats, Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.), and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine), each scored ten points for UNH. Clark pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, Cerniglia hit two three-pointers, and Adams was 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) pulled down seven boards, while Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) dished out three assists in the game.
For Maine, Katie Whittier led the Black Bears with 16 points, plus she grabbed nine rebounds. Ashley Underwood hit three shots from behind the three-point line in scoring 15 points, and Bracey Barker notched a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Abby Schrader also hit double figures with ten points, plus she pulled down five rebounds.
The Black Bears outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-34, but committed 15 turnovers and shot only 25.9 percent from the field in the second half. Meanwhile, UNH's shooting percentage improved from 34.8 percent in the first half to 42.9 percent after halftime, and the Wildcats committed only 12 turnovers.
New Hampshire (10-5, 2-2 America East) starts a two-game road swing Saturday, January 21, against the Albany Great Danes beginning at 2 p.m. The next home game for the Wildcats is Saturday, January 28, against Vermont as part of the New Hampshire Basketball Day doubleheader. Start time for that game at Lundholm Gym is scheduled for 1 p.m., and ticket information is available by going to www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.