WEST HARTFORD, Conn.- The University of New Hampshire women's basketeball team lost a heartbreaker on Jan. 7 at the University of Hartford (48-47), despite strong scoring efforts by senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.),who poured in 12 points, and freshman guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who poured in 13 points and was named America East Player of the Game.
With the victory, Harford improved to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in America East, while the Wildcats fell to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The key stretch in the game began when the Hawks took a five-point advantage (47-42) with 1:46 to play on a layup by Diana Delva. A basket by senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) pulled the Wildcats to within three points (47-44), but Hartford's Lisa Etienne made a big free throw with eight seconds remaining to give the home team a four-point lead (48-44). Edwards hit a three-pointer with no time on the clock to pull UNH to within one point when time ran out on the 'Cats.
Defensively, the Wildcats held the Hawks to a field-goal percentage of just 30.5 (18-59) and senior forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) led the team with 10 rebounds. The Wildcats also held Hawk leading scorer, Ikea Witt, to just four points in the contest.
The Wildcats return home to face Granite State rival Dartmouth on Wed., Jan. 10. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gym and tickets are available at www.unhwildcats.com.