AMHERST, Mass. – Junior forward Kate Mills scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to register a double-double as the University of Massachusetts defeated the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 60-38, in New Hampshire’s season opener Tuesday night at the Mullins Center.
    Massachusetts shot 21 of 51 (.412) from the floor, including 5 of 11 behind the arc. New Hampshire was 13 of 53 in field goals and 6-for-30 behind the arc. The Wildcats opened the game with a 5-2 lead with 15:51 in the first half. Senior Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scored the first nine points for New Hampshire. New Hampshire held the lead until freshman guard Kim Benton knocked down a jumper from the left baseline to tie the score 14-14 with 6:54 left. The Minutewomen finished the half on a 16-7 run.
    The score at the half was 31-21. Massachusetts came into the second half scoring six unanswered points before senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) swished a 3-pointer from the left side at 14:31. Massachusetts kept the Wildcats out of rhythm as they went 6-for-33 (.182) from the field, including 3 of 20 (.150) from the perimeter.
    Clark led New Hampshire in scoring with 11 points while senior forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) registered eight points. New Hampshire comes home to Durham to host Wagner College on November 17 at 7 p.m.
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