CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) led three University of New Hampshire double-digit scorers with 14 points and had a team-high eight rebounds, but the Wildcats were outscored 9-4 in the last four minutes of the game in Tuesday night's 64-59 loss against Boston College in women's basketball action at Conte Forum.
UNH is now 2-1, all on the road, while BC improves to 3-1 following a game that saw 10 ties and 10 lead changes.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied 13 points and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kerri Shields (18 points, including four 3-pointers) led four BC double-digit scorers and was followed by Nicole Boudreau (15), Katie Zenevitch (12) and Tessah Holt (10).
With the score tied at 55 following a Reed layup, Holt hit a 3-pointer at 3:46 to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Following the media timeout at 3:23, Hogan's layup pulled the Wildcats within 58-57 but that was answered by Doherty's layup at 2:13 to reestablish a three-point advantage.
UNH trailed by that 60-57 score with possession and 1:15 on the clock, but Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) missed a 3-pointer at the top of the key and the ball landed out of bounds to give possession to BC. The Eagles committed a turnover with 45.1 seconds remaining, however, and then Reed's potential game-tying 3-pointer was off the mark with 33 seconds to play.
At the other end of the court, Holt made a pair of foul shots to extend the advantage to 62-57. Following a missed 3-pointer and two missed free throws – all by UNH, Reed hit two foul shots with 23 seconds remaining to lift the 'Cats within 62-59.
Zenevitch was immediately fouled but hit both ends of the 1-and-1 to reestablish a five-point margin, 64-59. BC's pressure prevented UNH from getting a quick shot and Hogan's 3-point shot from the left wing was blocked in the closing seconds.
After shooting 59.1% from the floor (13-for-22) in the first half, UNH had a .310 field goal percentage (9-for-29) in the second half.
BC jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on a Shields 3-pointer at 19:20 and basket by Zenevitch at 18:20. Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) got UNH in the scoring column with a pair of free throws at 18:01 to spark a 10-4 Wildcats' spurt capped by Reed's 3-pointer at 14:03 to give the 'Cats their first lead of the game, 10-9.
There were four lead changes and two ties the next four minutes as BC tied the score 17-17 at 10:15. Kilpatrick scored baskets at 9:57 and 8:48 to give New Hampshire its largest lead of the first half at 21-17.
Frame, the America East Player of the Game, scored the team's next eight points spanning five minutes as the score advanced to 30-29 in favor of BC at 3:33. The Eagles led 33-29 before back-to-back jumpers by Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) leveled the score. Boston College closed the last two minutes of the first half with a 4-0 spurt to take a 37-33 lead into halftime.
UNH opened the second half with 10 consecutive points to build its largest lead of the game – six points – at 43-37 with 16:10 remaining. BC responded with a 7-0 run the next four minutes to forge the seventh tie of the game.
Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) hit a 3-pointer at 10:58 and a Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) basket at 10:21 gave the 'Cats a 49-44 lead. BC made a 6-1 run to level the score at 50 and the visitors never led again.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 25 for its home opener against Cornell University. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m.