BURLINGTON, VT - Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team with 22 points and ten rebounds, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to the University of Vermont, 70-48, on Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in with 10 points for the Wildcats to go along with two assists and a block. Williams, who earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, earned her ninth career double-double.
Though the Wildcats led 4-0 led early on, the Catamounts went on a 12-0 run to make it 12-4 with 15:22 remaining in the opening frame. Simpson hit a 3-pointer to end the Wildcats’ scoring drought and Williams followed with a jumper to cut the deficit to just three, 12-9 with 14:37 to go in the first half.
Williams, who hit a jumper to even the score (15-15) with 8:37 to play, connected on a layup just over a minute later to give the Wildcats the lead, 17-15 with 7:30 remaining.
Sy Janousek hit shot to even the score (17-17) with just over seven minutes left in the half, but Hall countered with a trifecta to put the visitors back on top (20-17) with 6:52 remaining.
Vermont, sparked by Janousek’s five straight points, went on a 9-0 run to make it 29-20 with three minutes to play in the half.
The Wildcats, led by Williams’ 12 first-half points, chipped away at the deficit to make it 31-26 at the half.
To open up the second half, the Catamounts went on an 11-0 run to garner a 42-26 lead with 15:29 remaining in the game.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) hit a shot just over five minutes into the stanza to get the second half scoring started for the Wildcats. She finished the game with six points, all of which came during the final frame.
The Catamounts, led by May Kotsopoulos’ 16 second-half points, led by as many as 28 points (68-40) with 4:34 remaining in the game.
Kotsopoulos totaled 21 points, including six 3-pointers and was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Catamounts. Also posting in double figures were Janousek, Courtnay Pilypaitis and Amy Rozenkrantz, who all tallied 13 points for the Catamounts.
The Wildcats will return home to host Stony Brook on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.