Box Score

– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team had three players posting in double figures, but a 15-point halftime lead was too much to overcome as the Wildcats fell to the University of Hartford, 71-56, Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss – their eighth straight – the Wildcats drop to 3-11, 0-2 in the America East. The Hawks improve to 12-4, 2-1 in the conference with the win. 

Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game, delivered 20 points to go along with a career-high five assists. Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) were the other two Wildcats posting in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively. 

The Hawks jumped out to a 12-point lead, 14-2, just five minutes into the start of the game, but the Wildcats went on an 11-5 run, cutting the deficit in half, 19-13, with 10:55 remaining. Hartford pulled ahead once again and took a 15-point lead, 40-25, into the locker room at the half. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled down five rebounds in the opening frame and finished the game with a team-high seven boards.

In the second half, the Hawks continued to pull away, leading by as many as 20 points, 45-25, with 16:43 left to play. New Hampshire held Hartford scoreless for over three minutes of play to decrease the deficit to 11 points, 47-36, with 11:54 remaining. The 11-2 Wildcat run included five points by Simpson, who finished the half with 11 points.

All three players to score in double figures for Hartford were post players. Erica Beverly was selected as the Hawks’ America East Player of the Game and finished with a double-double, 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Danielle Hood had a team-high 17 points, while Diana Delva had 15 off the bench for the Hawks.

The Wildcats travel to Binghamton on Saturday, Jan. 19 in their first America East road game of the season.

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