NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) netted a team-high 11 points, but it would not be enough as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell at Central Connecticut State University, 83-44, Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 2-2 on the season while the Blue Devil improve to 3-1 overall.
Hogan, who notched her third double-figure scoring effort of the young season, shot 4-of-8 from the floor, while senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) finished with eight points, three steals and a team-high seven rebounds.
Jaclyn Babe led the Blue Devils offensively with a game-high 22 points, while Kirsten Daamen and Brooke Bailey also scored in double-figures with 18 and 14, respectively.
The teams opened the contest with even scoring for the first five minutes, until a put-back basket by Beliveau sparked a 6-0 run for UNH, giving the visitors a 16-12 lead at the 14:13 mark. The Blue Devils responded with a pair of buckets over the next 3:13 to tie up the score at 16 apiece.
After the teams traded baskets, the Blue Devils ended the half on a 24-4 run in eight minutes of action for a 42-22 advantage at halftime. UNH was paced by the play of Hogan in the opening 20 minutes, who had seven points, while Beliveau added six points and two steals. Central's Jaclyn Babe led all players with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.
The teams opened the second frame with tightly contested play as Hogan netted four points and senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) followed with a short jumper, but the Blue Devils kept pace, maintaining a 48-28 lead at the 16:30 mark.
Central Connecticut would open up a 10-4 run over the next 2:20 for a 57-30 advantage with just over 14 minutes left to play. The Wildcats pulled within 23 on a basket by freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) and a pair of free throws by sophomore Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), but could not get closer, as the Blue Devils went on to claim the victory.
The Wildcats conclude the three-game road stretch on Wednesday, Nov. 30 when they visit Dartmouth at 7 p.m.