WILLIAMS TIES CAREER HIGH, EDWARDS EARNS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
DURHAM, N.H. - Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) tied her career high with 24 points, and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) posted her first career double-double to lead the New Hampshire Wildcats to a 76-63 victory over the Boston University Terriers Saturday afternoon in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gym.
Williams scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the game. She pulled down seven rebounds and blocked one shot in 31 minutes of action.
Edwards also made more of a contribution in the second half, scoring eight of her 11 points after halftime. She grabbed a career-high ten rebounds, all on the defensive end, and dished out two assists during the afternoon.
After the Terriers went up by as much as six points early in the first half, Edwards' three-pointer with 8:18 remaining in the first half gave the Wildcats a 23-21 lead. BU's Erica Kovach responded with a three-pointer, then Williams hit a jumper with 6:42 left to put UNH up for good.
In the second half, the two teams traded baskets early on, with BU's Jesyka Burks-Wiley hitting a three-pointer with 12:31 left to cut the UNH advantage to 51-48. The Wildcats went on a 16-4 run over the next eight minutes and cruised to the victory.
Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) contributed 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) added 12 points and four rebounds to the winning effort. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored six points, tied her career high with nine rebounds, dished out three assists, and also earned a block and a steal in the contest.
Rachael Vanderwal led the Terriers with 17 points, playing all 40 minutes of the game. Cheri Raffo scored 11 points, and Kovach scored ten points for Boston University. Kasey Devine contributed nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Burks-Wiley added nine points and eight rebounds and Christine Kinneary notched seven points, seven assists, and two steals.
The top two offensive performances for UNH this season have come against the Terriers. In this game, the Wildcats shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, hit 71 percent of their free throw attempts (22-of-31), and outrebounded Boston University, 43-38. The Terriers shot only 33.8 percent from the field (23-of-68), including making only 5-of-23 attempts from behind the three-point line.
This game was the final home game in the collegiate careers of Adams, Woods, and Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.), who along with senior team manager Ellen Willey were honored by the coaching staff and players before the start of the game.
New Hampshire (15-11, 7-8 America East) concludes the regular season Wednesday, March 1, in Burlington, Vt., against the Vermont Catamounts beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats then participate in the America East Tournament, which begins on March 9 in West Hartford, Conn.