WOMEN’S HOOPS BATTLES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT COLGATE, 75-70
Box Score

DURHAM, N.H.
– Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) matched her career high in points with 23 to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team past Colgate University, 75-70, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career-high 18 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds to go along with a career-best six steals in the game for the Wildcats. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) drained four 3-pointers en route to a 16-point effort for New Hampshire. The Wildcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, even out at 3-3, while the Raiders drop to 1-6.

With the Raiders up by four (30-26) to start the second half, the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game (33-30) with 17:27 remaining. The run included 3-pointers by Beliveau and Cerniglia. The Wildcats hit 58.3 percent (11-of-24) of their 3-pointers, matching New Hampshire’s record for 3-pointers in a single game. Colgate’s Evan Librizzi drained a 3-pointer to even the score, 33-33, ending the Wildcats' run at 16:28. Minutes later, Simpson nailed a shot from beyond the arc to even the score, 37-37 with 14:39 remaining. The Wildcats held a small lead until the 7:48 mark, when Raider Krista Moser tied the game once again, 52-52, with an old fashioned three-point play. The Wildcats hit clutch free-throws down the stretch as Cerniglia hit two at 2:30 to even the score 61-61, then Beliveau sunk two to take the lead 67-66 with 1:38 remaining.

The key play of the game came with less then a minute to play. With the Wildcats up by just two, 68-66, Beliveau passed the ball inside to Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.). McDonald from the right block delivered a great pass to Simpson on the left block, who hit the under the basket jumper as she was fouled, resulting in three points for the Wildcats. The play made it 71-68 with 48 seconds remaining. Simpson then went four-for-four from the charity stripe down the stretch, while defensively, the team held Colgate to just two points in the finals two minutes of action to seal the game for the Wildcats.

The Raiders, who shot 56.9 percent from the floor in the game, took a 7-0 lead at 14:09 of the first half, as the Wildcats struggled to get the ball in the basket early on. With 7:28 remaining in the half, Colgate took an eight-point lead, 20-12, on 3-pointer by Sami Kozlowski. Kozlowski led the team in scoring with 23 points in the game. The Wildcats, who cut the lead the three points 22-19, found themselves down eight again, 30-22, with 1:14 remaining. Beliveau hit a jumper with less than 20 seconds remaining in the half to decrease the deficit to just four points, 30-24, at halftime.

The Wildcats return to action next Tuesday, Dec. 4 as they host Army. Game time at Lundholm is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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