– The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team had three players post in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats fell to the U.S. Military Academy, 69-61, Tuesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who was named the America East Player of the Game, tallied 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the game for the Wildcats. With the loss New Hampshire falls to 3-4, while Army improves to 5-3.

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) went 6-for-8 from the foul line en route to an 11-point effort. Simpson also had a career-high three steals in the game.

Army’s Alex McGuire hit a 3-pointer at 19:42 to start the scoring. The Black Knights never looked back, taking a seven-point lead (19-12) with 8:37 remaining in the half. The Wildcats cut the lead to one (26-25) with 2:47 left to play in the first on a Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) jumper from in the post. Army pulled ahead once again, taking a five-point lead (34-29) into the locker room at halftime. The Wildcats pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the first half en route to doubling up the Black Knights on boards, 26-13. 

The Wildcats decreased the deficit to three points (34-31) on a layup by Williams one minute into the second half. However, Army pulled off a 10-1 run to pull ahead by 12 (44-32) with 15:02 remaining. The run included four straight points by McGuire, who finished with a team-high 19 points for the Black Knights. Army pulled ahead by as many as 14 points (57-43) with 7:41 remaining, but once again the ‘Cats clawed back to make it 59-51 with 2:51 left to play. The Williams, Beliveau and Simpson trio combined for all of the Wildcats’ final 16 points in the game.

Sophomore guard Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) scored seven points and pulled down five boards in the second half alone. She finished the game with a career-high nine points to go along with six rebounds. The Wildcats finished the game with season-high 23 offensive rebounds to out-rebound the Black Knights, 44-30.

The Wildcats return to action this Saturday, Dec. 8 as they host Harvard. Game time at Lundholm is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information visit www.unhwildcats.com.
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