LOUISVILLE, K.Y. – University of New Hampshire forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied 17 points for the second night in a row, but four players registering in double-figures allowed for an 82-40 victory for the 10th-ranked University of Louisville in the final game of the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic at Louisville’s Freedom Hall.
New Hampshire (2-10) stayed within five points, 12-7, of Louisville (13-1) and caused three Cardinal turnovers during the first six minutes of action. The home team, however, went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead by 12 points, 19-7, with 12:36 remaining in the opening frame.
Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) drained a 3-pointer with just under 11 minutes to play in the half to make it 19-10, but the Cardinals went on another run to make it 28-12 with 7:34 left in the first half. The Cardinals went on a 16-2 run to close out the half and make it 44-18 at halftime. Williams tallied 10 points during the opening frame, while Angel McCoughtry, the Cardinal’s leading scorer, tallied 10 during the half as well.
The Cardinals, who shot 54 percent (18-33) from the floor in the opening stanza, were held to just 39 percent (11-28) shooting in the final frame.
Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied six points and pulled down five rebounds, all during the second half of action. Simpson notched seven of her nine points during the final frame. Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and LaRosa each chipped in with three points and three assists. In addition, Hall had two blocks, while LaRosa earned two steals.
McCoughtry totaled 14 points in the game, while Gwen Rucker and Keshia Hines both notched 12 in the game. Also posting in double-figures was Candyce Bingham with 10 points.
The Wildcats will travel to face Xavier on Friday, Jan. 2. Prior to the game, the Xavier athletics department will retire the number of former standout and current UNH assistant coach Tara Boothe.