HAMILTON, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team set a school record for 3-pointers in a single game with 14 in its first win of the season, a 89-61 victory over Colgate University on Friday evening at Cotterell Court. The Wildcats, who had five players register in double-figures, were led in scoring by junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with a career-high 24 points in the game.
Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) also had career highs with 19, 13 and eight points, respectively. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her seventh-straight double-digit performance with 13 points, while Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) chipped in with a career-tying 10 points for the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats had five players score 10 or more points in one game was on Nov. 7, 2006 against Wagner.
New Hampshire shot 61.8 percent (34-55) in the game, including 60.9 percent (14-23) from 3-point range. Prior to this match, the last time the Wildcats shot 60 percent from the field in a game was on Feb. 30, 1997 versus South Carolina. The last Wildcat’s win by 20 points or more came against Colgate on Dec. 7, 2005.
Simpson scored the first five points of the contest to give New Hampshire a 5-0 lead with 19:13 remaining. Colgate evened the score, 9-9, on a 3-pointer by Candice Green at 13:53 and took the lead on a free throw by Patricia Oakes (10-9). The lead was short lived however, as the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead and make it 17-10 on a 3-pointer by Simpson at 11:30. Colgate pulled within five points (25-20) at the eight minute marker, but the Wildcats drained four consecutive 3-pointers during a 14-0 run to take a 19-point advantage with just over four minutes to play in the first half.
New Hampshire, which led by as many as 20 points in the opening frame on a trey by Hall with 37 seconds left, took a 18 point (47-29) lead into the locker room at the half. Hall drained a career-high three trifectas in the game to go along with a career-best four assists.
Simpson, who tallied 19 points during the opening frame, went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first half. The Wildcats, whom shot 63 percent (17-27) in the opening stanza, sunk nine of 14 attempts from beyond the arc during the first 20 minutes of action. The hot-shooting guard was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.
In the second half, New Hampshire’s hot shooting continued as the Wildcats shot 60.7 percent from the field during the final frame. With the score 62-42 with just under 14 minutes to play, the Wildcats hit back-to-back trifectas to take a 26-point lead (68-42). LaRosa then drained a 3-pointer to extended the Wildcat’s lead to 30 points (76-46) with 9:23 remaining. LaRosa sunk a career-best four shots from beyond the arc to go along with a career-tying six assists.
New Hampshire took its largest lead of the game on a layup by Williams, which made it 87-56 with 2:07 left in the game. Williams led the Wildcats on the boards with seven and swiped a career-high fives steals.
Georgia Gier led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points, while Candice Green and Krista Moser posted 12 points in the game.
The Wildcats finish up their six-game road trip at Boston College on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Gametime in Chestnut Hull is schedules for 7 p.m. New Hampshire