November 12, 2010

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS 99-48 DECISION TO NO. 12 NOTRE DAME

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in a team-best 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to No. 12 Notre Dame, 99-48, Friday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion in the season-opener for both teams.

The Fighting Irish held a 53-12 edge after the first frame on 57.1 percent shooting (20-35) from the floor. However, New Hampshire picked it up in the second half, scoring more than double the points they scored in the entire first stanza with 36 on 70 percent shooting (14-20).

Devereaux Peters kicked off the second frame with a bucket at 19:26, but it was Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) who scored the first basket of the half for the visitors, helping keep the Wildcats on pace, trading points with the Irish for the next four minutes.

The 'Cats would continue to stay on track in the minutes that followed, but Notre Dame was able to piece together a 9-4 run that spanned two minutes, capped off with a Brittany Mallory 3-pointer that gave the home team a 50-point lead with 13:54 remaining.

New Hampshire held the Irish scoreless for just over a minute on its way to posting a 10-6 run, sparked by a Reed jumper at 13:02 that had the 'Cats off and running. Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Reed chipped in four points apiece during the stretch that lasted just over eight minutes.

The Fighting Irish would strike back with six unanswered, but UNH responded with an 11-8 run, as Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) dropped in five points from the charity stripe along the way to lead the Wildcats in the final minutes of the contest.

Frankenberger finished the game with eight points, four boards and two steals. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) also added eight points, along with three rebounds and three steals. Peters led the way for the Irish, tallying a game-high 23 points and eight boards.

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) when they take on Dartmouth College at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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