STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) netted a game-high 18 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team past Stony Brook, 63-46, Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The Wildcats improve to 14-12 overall and 7-7 in the America East, sweeping the season series over Stony Brook, while the Seawolves dip to 4-23 on the season and 1-13 in league play.
Frame earned America East Player of the Game honors for UNH as she shot 6-of-8 from the floor and added six rebounds. Junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded 12 points, including four 3-pointers, while sophomore Bridgette McKnight (Norristown, Pa.) posted 10 points and seven rebounds.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 42.3 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc. UNH also outrebounded the Seawolves by a 44-27 margin.
After Stony Brook opened the scoring with a free throw, senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) knocked down a 3-pointer to kick off seven unanswered points for the Wildcats, giving the visitors the early 7-1 advantage with 14:56 left in the first half.
The teams then went back-and-forth as UNH maintained a six-point lead, but Dani Kulpenger hit a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to three, 13-10, at the 8:14 mark. Following a free throw by Frame, the squads exchanged low post baskets as the Seawolves pulled within two at 14-12.
From there, sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored UNH's next seven points, capped off by a baseline drive to push the Wildcats in front, 23-17, with 3:48 remaining in the stanza. McKnight provided a force down low for the 'Cats during the final three minutes of the half, as her four points helped give UNH the 27-21 advantage at intermission.
New Hampshire exploded offensively to start the second half as Reed and McKnight teamed up for a 10-0 run. Reed provided the deep threat during the stretch with two 3-pointers, while McKnight continued to score underneath with a pair of buckets down low, pushing UNH in front, 37-21, at the 16:06 mark.
Stony Brook responded with back-to-back jumpers to trim the deficit to 11, before Frame netted a bucket in the paint to push the lead back up to 13 at 39-26. After Frame and Tamiel Murray swapped trips to the free throw line, the Seawolves scored on consecutive drives to pull within nine, but Frame answered right back with a layup to give UNH the 43-32 lead at the midway point of the half.
Following a quick bucket by the Seawolves, UNH rattled off seven straight points to stretch its lead to 50-34, paving the way for an eventual 20-point lead to seal the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the home finale when they play host to Maine on senior night at Lundholm Gymnasium (7 p.m.). For tickets to home games, and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.