BOSTON– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 66-39, Wednesday evening at Case Gymnasium. The Wildcats drop to 6-19, 3-10 in the America East with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 15-11, 8-5 in conference action. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led New Hampshire in scoring with 10 points and was selected America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.
The Terriers took a 8-0 lead to start the game, but the Wildcats battled back going on a 11-4 run. New Hampshire cut the deficit to one point, 12-11, on a jumper Williams at the 11 minute mark. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) then hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 14-12, halfway through the opening frame. The Terriers regained the lead and went up by as many as four points (18-14) with 7:58 remaining, thanks to back-to-back shots by Jesyka Burks-Wiley.
Freshman Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) nailed back-to-back shots to even the score, 18-18, with 5:40 left in the half. The home team responded with a 6-0 run, including back-to-back trifectas, to take an eight-point lead, 26-18, with just over three minutes to play. The Wildcats, who were perfect from the foul line in the first half (8-for-8), hit six free-throws in the final three minutes of action to get as close as two, 26-24, with just under two minutes left in the first half. Boston University’s Kasey Devine had four points with less than two minutes left in the half to make it 30-26 at the half. Devine finished with a team-high in points (14), rebounds (8) and blocks (4).
Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) drained a jumper to open up the second half and make it 30-28. Sophomore center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) and BU’s Devine exchanged baskets to make it 34-32 with 17:16 remaining. The Terriers then held the Wildcats from hitting a field goal for over 10 minutes of action, gaining a 27-point lead (62-35) with 6:12 left to play. Williams drained a jumper to end the Wildcat drought, making it 62-37 with 5:38 remaining, however the team did not hit another field goal for the rest of the game. The Terriers led by as many as 29 points, 66-37, on a 3-pointer by Aly Hinton with 2:20 left to play. Hinton finished the game with 10 points, while Christine Kinneary was the third Terrier to post in double-figure with 12. Kinneary also dished out a game-high eight assists in the game. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) finished the game with a game-high 11 rebounds for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire returns to action, in its last home game of the season, Saturday, Mar. 1 when the Wildcats play host to the Binghamton Bearcats. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information CLICK HERE.