BOXSCORE BLACKSBURG, Va.— Freshman forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass) and sophomore forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) each scored 13 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to an impressive 63-55 victory over Winston Salem on Friday evening at Cassell Coliseum. In all it was a total team effort as UNH had 10 different players score, three in double figures. As a result of her efforts Flowers was named to the all-tournament squad.
The Wildcats built a big lead they would never relinquish to start the second half thanks to 10 straight points by freshman guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) to give UNH( 5-6) a 40-32 advantage with 15-40 to play. The Wildcats continued to build a lead and the squad was up by as many as 15 points (57-42) with to play after a free thro by Candace Williams.
The Rams, who fell to 4-12 on the season, were led in scoring by Shalonda Carter with 14 points and by Kadina Baldwin with 11..
In the opening stanza things remained fairly even until the Wildcats opened up a six-point lead (25-19) late and then headed to the lockerroom with a 30-26 advantage. Freshman Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) continued to impress offensively in the tournament with eight points in the first half, including a pair of key three-pointers.
UNH shot very well in the contest, connecting on 25 of 50 field goals, good for a .500 shooting percentage and UNH dominated the boards with a 34-26 rebounding margin over the Rams. Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) did an outstanding job running the offense with a game-high six assists on the night.
The Wildcats will open the America East portion of their schedule next week when the squad travels to play long-time rival Maine. Game time is in Orono. The next home contest for UNH is Wed., Jan. 10 when the Wildcats entertain Dartmouth. Tipoff is at in Lundholm Gym and tickets are available at www.unhwildcats.com.