February 3, 2011

Reed's 19 Points Rally Women's Basketball Past Albany, 60-46

DURHAM, N.H.Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) scored 16 of her game-high 19 points after halftime, and the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team erased a 12-point first half deficit to register a 60-46 win over the University at Albany Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH was victorious for the fourth time in six games, bettering its record to 7-15 overall and 4-6 in America East play. The win also improves UNH's home record to 6-3 this season. Albany dips to 12-10, with a 5-4 record in league action with the loss.

Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, finishing the night 7-for-13 from the floor and 5-for-10 from deep. Reed also tallied five boards, two assists, one block, and one steal.

Ebone Henry was selected as the player of the game for Albany, registering 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, notching 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

After holding a 25-18 advantage at the end of the first half, the Wildcats came out with a full head of steam in the second frame, posting an 11-2 run to kick off the action, giving UNH its first lead of the game and setting the score to 29-27 with 13:03 remaining.
Kelsey Hogan

Reed ignited the stretch, banging in a 3-pointer to start the second half and on the next possession sank another trifecta to cut the deficit to just three points just under a minute into play. 

It would be nearly five minutes before either team found the bottom of the net, until Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) dropped in a layup and Reed sank a 3-pointer about a minute later to seal the run.

Albany took back the lead when Henry ended the scoring drought with a jumper that set off a 7-2 run by the visitors, giving them a 34-31 edge with just under 11 minutes to play. However, New Hampshire kept pouring it on from deep, as Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) dropped in a trifecta that kicked off a 19-6 run, setting the score to 50-40 with 4:04 remaining.

Six different Wildcats dropped in points during the 6:35 stretch, providing UNH with its largest lead to that point. Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) helped New Hampshire close out the stretch on a strong note, sinking six of the final eight points of the run on a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

Both teams would exchange baskets for the next three minutes, as a Cassandra Callaway jumper in the paint cut the lead to seven at 3:44, with the score set at 50-43. However, that was as close as the visitors would come to reclaiming the lead the rest of the way, as New Hampshire closed out the contest on a 6-0 run, sinking 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe to seal the victory.

Albany took control of the first half, opening up a 9-0 lead and building a 20-8 advantage before UNH parlayed 3-pointers from Reed, Beliveau and Hogan into a 10-0 run, trimming the Great Danes' lead to 20-18. Albany scored the final five points of the half to carry a 25-18 lead into intermission.

UNH welcomes Binghamton University to Lundholm Gymnasium Sunday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. For tickets, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x5.
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