DURHAM, N.H. - Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her third double-double of season tallying 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 54-40, on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss the Wildcats drop to 8-17 overall and 3-9 in America East play, while the Retrievers improve to 11-14 overall and 5-7 in conference action.
Williams was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire. Katie Brooks took home Player of the Game honors for UMBC, finishing with a game-high 17 points, five assists and three rebounds.
UNH pushed ahead with the early lead, as a pair of baskets by Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) put the Wildcats on top 4-2 with 18:06 remaining in the first frame.
Moments later, Carlee Cassidy would bury a 3-pointer to give UMBC its first lead of the contest, pushing ahead 5-4. Williams would help reclaim the lead for New Hampshire nailing a 15-foot jumper and a 3-pointer in just over two minutes, giving the home team a 9-7 lead at 13:44.
The Retrievers wouldn't wait long to knot up the score, as Michelle Kurowski knocked down a jumper to tie the action at 9-9 with 12:21 remaining in the first half. The next 6:28 of play would be a back-and-forth battle between both squads, featuring four ties and four lead changes. Cassidy would cap off the stretch with a 3-pointer knotting the score at 19-19 with 6:37 remaining in the frame.
Cassidy would add another 3-pointer 1:12 later, setting off an 11-3 run by the Retrievers to close out the stanza, giving the visitors the 30-22 advantage at the intermission. UNH's lone basket on the stretch came on a Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) 3-pointer at 2:44.
New Hampshire would come out strong in the second frame, drawing first blood on a McDonald layup that set off a 6-4 run by the ‘Cats, cutting the score to 34-28 with 16:09 remaining. Kurowski was quick to respond for the visitors, as she buried a 3-pointer to break up the run just 19 seconds later.
The two teams traded baskets for the next 2:01, until Cassidy knocked down a trifecta at 13:46, kicking off a 15-3 run that gave the visitors a 54-35 lead with 2:58 remaining. UNH's lone basket on the stretch came on a Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) jumper in the paint at the 7-minute mark. The ‘Cats closed out the contest with a layup by Williams and 3-pointer by Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), but remained scoreless for the last 2:02 of regulation.
McDonald finished the afternoon with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks. As a team the Wildcats finished with four blocks, tying the program's single-season block record set by the 2008-09 squad with 117.
For UMBC, Cassidy registered 17 points and seven boards. Kurowski added 12 points and four rebounds. Meghan Colabella chipped in with three points and nine boards.
The Wildcats return to action on
Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Maine to take on the
Black Bears at the Alfond Sports Arena.