DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) scored a game-high 18 points and tallied 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, but Boston University edged the University of New Hampshire, 63-52, in Wednesday night's America East women's basketball game at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats slipped to 13-12 on the season and 6-7 in the America East standings, while the Terriers improved to 20-6 and remained unbeaten in league play at 13-0.
UNH trailed by 20 points at halftime in January's meeting between the two teams, but held BU to 22 percent (6 of 27) shooting in the opening stanza this time around to forge a 23-23 tie at the break.
Frame, who earned America East Player of the Game honors for UNH, shot 7-of-18 from the floor and added two assists. Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded 14 points to go along with eight boards and three steals, while sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with 12 points and a game-high five assists.
Rashidat Agboola was named player of the game for the Terriers as she led all players with 14 boards and added 17 points for the double-double performance. The Terriers shot 36.5 percent form the floor and 81.5 percent from the free throw line, while the Wildcats shot just 59.1 percent at the charity stripe.
After swapping baskets, Frame hit a short jumper to pull the Wildcats within two at the midway point of the half. Following two minutes of scoreless action, Beliveau picked off a pass in the backcourt and drained a 3-pointer in the corner to put the home side on top, 17-16, with 7:50 left in the first half.
Boston responded with three straight points, but junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) converted a free throw and then drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession to put UNH back in front at 21-19 at the 4:17 mark. The Terriers answered with four free throws to end the half, countered by a layup by Hogan as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 23 apiece.
After the teams exchanged layups out of the break, Mo Moran went to the foul line on back-to-back possessions and hit all four free throws, edging Beliveau's 3-pointer on the other end for the 29-28 advantage.
From there, the Terriers reeled off seven unanswered points before Frame scored a pair of tough baskets down low, trimming the deficit to three at 36-33 at the 13:57 mark.
The Wildcats pulled within five points on four occasions over the next 7:24, lastly cutting the deficit to 48-43 on a steal and subsequent layup by Beliveau, but the Terriers answered with seven straight to pave the way for the eventual victory.
New Hampshire visits Stony Brook on Saturday, Feb. 18 (2 p.m.) in an America East game before returning to Lundholm Gymnasium for Senior Night against Maine on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. For tickets, and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.