LOUISVILLE, KY – Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team with 17 points and 16 rebounds to earn her fourth consecutive double-double, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to Morehead State, 73-46 in the third game of the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic at Lousville’s Freedom Hall.
Morehead State (8-5) opened up the game with three 3-pointers to make it 9-2 with 15:43 left in the first half. New Hampshire (2-9) then scored five straight points to get within two points, 9-7, on a 3-pointer by Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who tallied 11 points in the game for the Wildcats, with just over 15 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
The Eagles, however, went on a 13-2 run to allow for an 11-point advantage, 22-11, with 10:30 remaining in the half. Morehead State took its largest lead of the first half into the locker room at halftime, 40-19. Brittany Pittman led the first-half charge for the Eagles with 14 points and four blocks. Williams, the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, tallied 10 of her career-high 16 rebounds during the opening frame.
Morehead State’s Chynna Bozeman and Tiffany Hamilton each hit a 3-pointer, which was sandwiched by an Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) trifecta, which made the score 46-24 with 18:23 left in the final frame. Bozeman and Hamilton each finished with four 3-pointers.
With 9:18 remaining in the game, MSU’s Ashley Martin drained a 3-pointer to make it 63-35, but Williams countered with a trifecta of her own and Simpson connected on a fast break layup to make it 63-40 with just over eight minutes left to play.
The Eagles put the game out of reach with their 13th 3-pointer of the contest with 2:34 remaining to give them their largest lead of the game, 73-42. Pittman finished the game with a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to go along with seven blocks. Bozeman and Martin each posted 15 points for the Eagles, while Hamilton notched 12 points.
Every Wildcat that entered the game pulled down at lead one rebound as the Wildcats outboarded its opponent, 50-46. Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) and LaRosa chipped in with seven points. LaRosa also dished out five assists. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) recorded four points and pulled down eight boards for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return to action tomorrow, Dec. 30, when they battle host-school Louisville on the final day of the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic.