DURHAM, N.H. – Four players posted in double figures to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a 64-55 victory over Stony Brook University on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the win – their third straight – the Wildcats improve to 6-14, 3-5 in America East, while Seawolves drop to 6-15, 1-7 with the loss.
Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the charge for the Wildcats with 14 points. The guard, who was named America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, also had five assists and a career-high seven steals in the game. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) tallied 12 points and matched her career high with five assists. Sophomore forward Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) also sparked the offense with a career-high 10 points for the Wildcats, while junior forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) also delivered 10 for the Wildcats.
With the score netted 8-8 at 17:41, New Hampshire went on an 11-2 run to take a 19-10 with 13:20 to play. The run, which held the Seawolves scoreless for over three minutes of action, included six points by Flowers. The Wildcats, who enjoyed a 50 percent (14-of-28) shooting percentage in the first half, led by as many as 14 points (31-17) with 7:20 left in the opening frame.
With the Wildcats up 33-19 with 6:16 to play, the Seawolves took a turn at holding their opponent scoreless for over three minutes and made 33-28 with 3:31 to play. The Wildcats ended their scoring drought at 3:01 with a lay up by Flowers, who finished the half with 10 points. The Seawolves continued to battle back, holding New Hampshire scoreless for another three minutes to close out the half. The 12-2 run brought the Seawolves within four points of the Wildcats at the half, 35-31.
New Hampshire extended its lead early on in the second half (39-33), but the Seawolves were able to even the score, 39-39, with 16:14 to play. The visitors then took their first lead of the game on a jumper by Cheri Davis. The teams exchanged baskets for five minutes and with the score tied again, 48-48, with just over eight minutes to play, Dana Ferraro stole the ball and went in for a fast break lay up to put the Seawolves up once again, 50-48. Ferraro recorded a double-double to lead Stony Brook in scoring with 12 points, and rebounding with 15 boards.
The Wildcats regained their lead, 52-50 on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) at 5:20. Once again New Hampshire held Stony Brook for three minutes of action, going on a 7-0 run to build a seven point lead, 57-50, with 2:10 remaining in the final frame. Stony Brook cut the deficit to three points, 58-55, but solid shooting from the charity stripe down the stretch closed the door on the visiting Seawolves.
Simpson dished out five of her seven assists in the second half of action, while Beliveau finished the half with eight of her nine points.
The Wildcats will travel to Albany this weekend to face the Great Danes on Sunday, Feb. 10.