DURHAM, N.H.Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Harvard University, 59-53, on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 3-5, while the Crimson improve to 5-4.
    New Hampshire got on the board first, going on a 5-0 run to start the game. The Crimson, whom hit their first bucket of the game at 16:37, went on an 11-0 run to make it 11-5 with 10:37 remaining in the half. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn), who scored all of her 10 points in the first half, hit back-to-back treys to help the Wildcats get within one-point of the Crimson, 14-13, with 8:25 left. Harvard pulled away, taking a 27-22 lead into the locker room at the half. Andrian Budischak finished the half with 10 rebounds for Harvard, however seven Wildcats pulled down boards to give both teams 24 at the half.
    Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to just two points, 29-27, two minutes into the second half. The Crimson then went on a 10-0 run, giving them a 12-point lead, 39-27, with 13:07 remaining in the game. Four different Harvard players scored during the two minute, 42 second run. Harvard led by as many as 13 on a 3-pointer by Niki Finelli at 7:52. With the score 46-38, New Hampshire’s Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) drained a shot from beyond the arc to begin a 6-2 run for the Wildcats with 6:49 remaining, to make it 48-44 with 5:04 remaining. The Wildcats continued to score, pulling to within two points, 52-50, on two good free throws by Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) with 1:31 left to play. The Crimson went on another run, a 7-0 stretch, to pull away, 57-50, to seal the win with15 seconds remaining.
    Jacinda Williams and Fowler both finished the game with a career-high nine points for the Wildcats. Lindsay Hallion led the Crimson in scoring with 13 points, while Finelli had 12 in the game.
The Wildcats open-up a two-game road trip at Northeastern on Sat., Dec. 15. New Hampshire will return home to begin conference play vs. Albany on Jan. 5. Tickets are still available, for more information visit www.wildcats.com.

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