DURHAM, N.H. – Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered her fourth double-double in eight games, and the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team used a 16-0 second-half run to pull away from Manhattan College, 57-42, in non-conference action Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH, which earned its first home victory of the season, evened its record at 4-4 overall and dropped Manhattan to 2-6.
Beliveau led all players with 17 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, finishing with a season-high 14 rebounds with three assists and one steal. Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) also posted double-digits with 14 points to go along with three assists and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. As a team, the Wildcats shot 13-of-13 from the charity stripe and 48.8 percent (20-41) from the floor, limiting the Jaspers to just 26.5 percent (18-68) from the field.
Tenacious Wildcats' defense compelled the Jaspers to miss their first 10 field-goal attempts of the game, allowing UNH to jump out to a 9-0 lead as four different Wildcats scored during the stretch. The 'Cats would lead by as many as 16 points in the first half at 23-7 and 27-11, but Manhattan closed the first stanza on a 12-6 run to pull within 33-23 at the break. Beliveau tallied 12 points (5-for-7) and seven rebounds in the opening half, with Hogan chipping in with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-3 in 3-point field goals.
The Jaspers looked sharp to start the second half as they used an 8-0 run to pull within two, 33-31, with 16:13 left to play. UNH responded with a layup by junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) to halt the stretch, sparking a 16-0 run for a convincing 49-31 advantage at the 9:08 mark. The stretch was highlighted by back-to-back three-point plays as freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) knocked down a deep trey and Beliveau followed with a tough layup through traffic for the conventional 3-pointer.
Manhattan halted its scoreless patch with an 11-2 run to trim the lead down to nine at 51-42 with 1:41 left in the game, but Hogan iced six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Following an exam break, UNH will travel to Rhode Island for a 4 p.m. game Saturday, Dec. 18. The 'Cats return to Lundholm Gym for an America East contest against Hartford on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. For tickets, and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.