WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team were led by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 18 points, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to the University of Vermont, 57-45, in America East quarterfinal action Friday evening at Hartford’s Chase Arena.

The Wildcats conclude the 2009 season with a record of 8-23, 6-10 in the America East. The Catamounts, with a record of 19-11, 12-4 in the conference, will face Hartford in semifinal action.

Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points to go along with five assists and three steals and a block. Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds in the game for the Wildcats.

With the score 8-2 in favor of Vermont with 15:31 to go in the half, the Wildcats held the Catamounts scoreless for over five minutes of action to take a 9-8 lead with 13:46 to play. The Catamounts, however, went on a 10-2 run to regain the lead 19-11 with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening frame. Led by May Kotsopoulos with 10 points during the first half, the Catamounts took a 30-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

Fowler, who posted eight points in the game, delivered the first six points of the second half for the Wildcats, which made it 35-23 less than two minutes into the frame. The Wildcats cut the deficit to nine points, 37-29, on a trifecta by Simpson with 15:55 to play. Courtney Pilypaitis tallied 15 points for the Catamounts, 10 of which came during the final frame. The Catamounts led by as many as 16 points, 57-41, with 1:17 left to play in the half.

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