January 28, 2010

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS 66-59 DECISION TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY

DURHAM, N.H. - Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass; 14), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 12) all scored in double digits, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 66-59, on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the win the Terriers improve to 10-10 overall and 6-2 in America East play, while the Wildcats fall to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in conference action.

Simpson took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with five assists, four rebounds and a block. For BU, Caitlynn Moran was named Player of the Game, registering 20 points, four boards and a block.

With the score 56-48 in favor of BU with 3:49 remaining in regulation, Williams helped New Hampshire get back on track, dropping in six points in just over two minutes, cutting the deficit to six with 1:52 remaining.

Moments later, Wells would help give the ‘Cats a major lift, as she sliced the defense, driving to the basket from the left wing and muscling in a layup on contact with 40 seconds remaining. Wells would complete the three-point play, draining the free throw that followed, cutting the deficit to five, to set the score at 60-55.

Wells continued her hot shooting, as she buried a jumper and a layup in the final 33 seconds, but it was enough, as Moran went a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the closing moments of the action to put the ‘Cats away for good. She finished the night 11-for-13 from the free throw line.

The Terriers kicked off the action with a 12-5 run that lasted just under seven minutes, as the visitors capped off the stretch with five unanswered points, as Moran finished things off with 3-pointer at 13:06.

Simpson snapped the run as she banged in a 3-pointer, sparking a 12-3 run, giving the home team the 17-15 lead with 7:50 remaining in the stanza. The ‘Cats would finish off their run with seven unanswered points, as Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) each dropped in a layup and Williams netted a 3-pointer to take back the lead.

Alex Young responded knocking down a trifecta, kicking off a 9-5 run that reclaimed the lead for the visitors, with a 24-22 advantage at 3:17. However, UNH was quick respond as Friel buried a 3-pointer, setting the score at 25-24 in favor of the home team.

Following the basket, the ‘Cats would string off eight unanswered points in the next 2:36, pushing ahead with their largest lead of the night, with the score 33-24. Moran would end the scoring drought with three points the old-fashioned-way with six seconds on the clock. However, UNH wasn't finished, as Wells took the ball the length of the court and drained a jumper with one second remaining to give the home team the 35-27 advantage at the intermission.

After trading baskets at the start of the second frame, the Terriers came to life putting together a 15-0 run that lasted 5:39, giving the visitors their first lead in nearly 11 minutes as they pushed ahead 42-37 on a Kerry Cashman jumper.

Friel drained the second of two free throw attempts and Williams buried a 3-pointer about a minute later to end the run, cutting BU's lead down to one, setting the score at 42-41 with 11:01 to play.

Despite UNH's offensive spark, BU didn't slow up, posting a 14-5 run over the course of the next 5:06, building the lead to its highest margin of the contest with a 56-46 advantage with 5:37 to play. Chantell Alford led the way for the Terriers during the stretch as she notched 10 of her 13 points on the night during the run.

Friel registered a career-high nine points in the contest, paired with a block and a steal. Flynn added eight rebounds and six points.

For BU, Young finished the night with 17 points, six boards and two assists. Alford tallied 13 points, two rebounds and a steal.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. when they travel to Vermont to take on the Catamounts at Patrick Gymnasium.

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