TAMPA, Fla.– Four players on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team posted in double-figures in a 71-59 win over the University of Tennessee-Martin. With the victory the Wildcats improve to 2-1, while the Skyhawks even out at 2-2. Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who posted a career-high 23 points in yesterday’s game, had 13 points and four assists today and earned a spot on the South Florida Shootout All-Tournament Team.
Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career-high 17 points. She also led the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with five for a career-best eight boards in the game. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) had a career night by posting a career-best 14 points and pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds, which led the Wildcats on the boards.
New Hampshire opened up the game with a layup by Williams to take the lead. With the score 10-5 with 15:42 remaining in the half, the Wildcats went on a 11-2 run to increase their lead to 12 points (21-9) with 10:20 remaining. During the run the Wildcats held the Skyhawks scoreless for over three minutes of play, while New Hampshire drained three 3-pointers in under two minutes.
The Wildcats continued to build their lead, pulling out to a 13 point lead (31-18) with 6:29 remaining in the first half. At that point the Skyhawks responded by going on a 8-2 run to make it 33-26 at the half. Center Crystal Fuller carried the Skyhawks in the first, delivering 12 of their 26 points. Fuller finished the game with 26 points.
In the second half, UTM scored first to cut the deficit to five points (33-28), but the Wildcats quickly pulled ahead, leading by 17 points (14:42) with 14:42 remaining. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the second half explosion, delivering five points in the first six minutes of the second half. Cerniglia finished the game with ten points, eight of which came in the second half. The Wildcats continued to build their lead, pulling ahead by as many as 20 (57-37) with 9:38 remaining. The Skyhawks cut the deficit in half (67-57) with 1:27 remaining, but clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch sealed the game for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return home to host St. Peter’s on Saturday, Nov. 24. Tip-off at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.