ALBANY, N.Y.- Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) posted 22 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 66-62 victory at the University at Albany on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the second over the Great Danes this season, the Wildcats improve to 8-20, 6-8 in America East. The Great Danes fell to 4-23, including 2-12 in the Ameirca East with the loss.
Williams, who pulled down eight rebounds in the game, was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) finished with 17 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) posted the first five points of the game for the Wildcats to put the squad up 5-0 with 16:32 to play. Though Kim Clements hit a shot to make it 5-2, Simpson drained a trifecta to make it a six-point game (8-2) with just over 16 minutes to play. Early finished the game with a team-high nine rebounds.
With the score tied, 12-12, with 11:51 to play, Tiffanie Johnson converted an old-fashioned three point play to give the home team a 15-12 lead.
The Wildcats, down by 14 points (32-18) with 4:23 left in the opening stanza, closed out the half on an11-0 run to cut the deficit to three (32-29) at the half. Williams, who totaled ten points in the first half, recorded six points during the Wildcat charge.
New Hampshire carried the momentum into the second half and took a three point lead, 35-32, less than three minutes into the final frame. The home team, however, went on a 15-2 run to regain the lead (47-37) with just under 13 minutes to play.
The Wildcats halted the Great Danes charge and cut the deficit to five points, 48-42, on a 5-1 run. Though the Great Danes hit back-to-back shots to pull ahead by nine, 52-43, Simpson hit a 3-pointer with just over nine minutes to play, which sparked a 12-0. The charge, which was capped by a Williams layup with just under six minutes to play, gave the Wildcats a 55-52 lead.
With 3:53 remaining, Kim Clements one of two free throws to make it a two-point game (55-53), but Williams countered with a jumper after retrieving an offensive rebound to make it 57-53 with 3:33 left to play. Janea Aiken hit a shot at the three-minute mark, but Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) countered with a basket to keep it a four-point game, 59-55, with 2:37 remaining. With 2:28 to play, Aiken hit two free throws to cut the deficit to two points, 58-57, but once again Williams hit a shot at the other end to make it 61-57 with just over two minutes to play. Fowler finished the game with eight points, six of which came during the second half.
The home team sunk two free throws to cut the deficit to two points, 61-59, but the Wildcats hit five of four shots from the charity stripe in the final minute of action to keep the Great Danes out of reach.
Britney McGee, with 16 points, led three Great Danes in double figures. Johnson, who pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, and Aiken tallied 15 and 12, respectively.
The Wildcats return home to host Binghamton on Wednesday, Mar. 1 in the final home game of the season. Prior to the 7 p.m. tip-off, the Wildcats will honor senior manager Brendan Dimon.