COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored 11 points and tallied seven assists, but it was not enough to propel the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to its second-straight victory, falling to the 21st ranked University of Maryland, 63-43, Monday night at the Comcast Center.
The Terrapins set the tone early in the contest as they started off the game with a 20-9 run. Leading the way during the scoring stretch was Diandra Tchatchouang and Dara Taylor, who each tallied five points during the run.
Despite the hot start, the Wildcats scratched their way right back into the action as they answered Maryland's run with an 11-3 scoring stretch, cutting the home team's lead down to just three points, with the score set at 23-20 at 4:21.
Diamon Beckford (Philadelphia, Pa.) sparked the run with a jumper at 7:44, leading the way for the ‘Cats during the stretch, totaling five points. However, the late charge was not enough to give New Hampshire the lead at intermission, as Maryland closed out the half with a 26-20 advantage.
For the first few minutes of the second stanza the ‘Cats and Terps would trade baskets, until Maryland caught fire three minutes into the period going on a 10-2 run to build their lead to 44-30 at 11:55. Tianna Hawkins and Taylor each posted four points apiece during the stretch.
Beckford would answer the call once again for the ‘Cats as she nailed a jumper at 11:31. For the next three minutes the two teams would trade blows, until Maryland began to close the gap on New Hampshire, leading by as many as 22 points and finishing out the night with a 7-2 run to secure the win.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) finished with nine points, three assists and two boards. Beckford notched seven points, seven rebounds and one block.
Tchatchouang led the way for the Terps, as she finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Lynetta Kizer chipped in with 11 points and eight boards.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. when they host Massachusetts at Lundholm Gymnasium.