CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Boston College, 77-52, Tuesday evening at Conte Forum. The Eagles, who are now 3-2, were led by freshman Stefanie Murphy with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the charge for the Wildcats (2-3) with 16 points.
Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) got the ball off the tip, taking a lay up to give the Wildcats an early lead. Cerniglia hit back-to-back 3-pointers, extending the Wildcats’ lead to 8-4 with 17:21 remaining in the half. Cerniglia finished the half with nine points, all on 3-pointers. With the Wildcats up by four (10-6) with 15:38 remaining, BC’s Murphy delivered six straight points to start a 17-0 Eagles run. Murphy, who finished the half with 14 points, had 10 points in the run which made the score 25-10 with 9:57 remaining. The Eagles, who led by as many as 19 (35-16), took a 13-point lead (38-25) into the locker room at the half.
The Wildcats got as close as 11 points (46-35) on a lay up by Williams, who finished the game with 10 points. Sophomore center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) stepped up against the aggressive BC post players, finishing the game with a career-high in steals (4) and blocks (2). The Eagles went on another large run (24-5), to give Boston College a 31-point lead (67-49), their largest of the game, with 8:11 remaining. Four Boston College players posted double figures, helping the Eagles to 46 points in the paint. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats in the losing cause.
New Hampshire returns home to face Colgate on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information visit www.unhwildcats.com.