DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and freshman Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) combined for 27 points, but it was not enough to earn the victory as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to the University of Vermont, 69-48, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats dipped to 5-16, 3-4 in the America East, while the Catamounts improve to 11-9, 5-2 in the conference.
Williams was awarded America East Player of the Game as she notched 14 points and five rebounds in the contest. Wells scored a career-high 13 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists, while also notching a steal and a block.
The Catamounts went out on a 6-0 run to start the game and led by 12 points (14-2) with 13:19 in the first half. The Wildcats, however, went on a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to seven points (16-9) with just over eight minutes to play in the opening stanza. Vermont, led by Sy Janousek with 14 first-half points, earned a 14-point lead (31-17) with five ticks left in the opening frame. The Catamount took a 31-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Wildcats began the second half on a 6-1 run to get within eight points (32-24) of the visitors at 18:12. May Kotspoulos hit a jumper to spark a 12-0 Catamounts’ run which gave them a 20 point lead (44-24) with 14:36 remaining in the game. Kotspoulos, who was held scoreless in the first half, tallied 12 during the final frame.
With the score 56-32 with just under eight minutes to play, the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run to make it 58-41 with under five minutes remaining. Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) led the charge, registering six-straight points for the Wildcats. The Catamounts were able to connect on 15 free throws during the second half to keep the Wildcats out of reach.
Fowler just missed her first career double-double in the contest as she scored eight points and tallied nine rebounds. Jill McDonald (Middlebury Union, Vt.) chipped in with nine points and five boards.
Janousek was awarded America East Player of the Game for Vermont as she scored a career-high 19 points and also tallied two boards and two assists. Courtney Pilypaitis was equally productive as she notched 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Tonya Young chipped in with double-figure scoring as they each scored 10 points.
The Wildcats continue their home stand when they host Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Gametime at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.