Women's Basketball Comeback Effort Falls Short, 60-53, Against Quinnipiac

CARI REED

PROVIDENCE, R.I.Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) scored a team-high 13 points, including four second-half 3-pointers, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was upended 60-53 by Quinnipiac University in Saturday's opening-day action of the Brown Basketball Classic at Pizzitola Sports Center.

UNH, with its second consecutive loss, is now 3-3 while Quinnipiac remains unbeaten at 4-0. New Hampshire plays the host school, Brown, Sunday at 4 p.m.

Reed, who scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half, was named the America East Player of the Game. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), who missed the previous two games, returned to the starting lineup and recorded 11 points, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot before fouling out in the closing minute. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) was the third Wildcat to score in double digits with 10 points.

Samantha Guastella (13 points) and Felicia Barron (10) were the top scorers for Quinnipiac.

The Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 points, 33-17, in the first half but a Hogan jumper and consecutive baskets by Wells lifted UNH within 33-23 at halftime.

Quinnipiac led by as many as 14 points – on three occasions – in the second half, including a 46-32 advantage with 11 minutes remaining. The 'Cats went on a 7-0 run on field goals by Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine; six points, seven rebounds) and Wells and a 3-pointer by Reed at 8:52 lifted UNH within 46-39.

With the margin at nine points, 50-41, Reed buried her third 3-pointer of the half at 6:14 and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; eight points, six rebounds) made a layup at 5:35 to trim the deficit to 50-46.

Following a QU field goal, Kilpatrick's jumper at 4:48 and another Reed 3-pointer at 4:00 pulled UNH within one point, 52-51 to cap a 10-2 spurt in just over two minutes of play.

In the next two minutes layups by the Bobcats' Nikoline Ostergaard and Camryn Warner extended the lead to 56-51. On its next two possessions, UNH committed a turnover and missed a 3-pointer as Ostergaard pulled down a defensive rebound and the Bobcats called time out at 1:09.

Jasmine Martin hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to push the advantage to 57-51 at 1:07, then Hogan missed a jumper and Barron grabbed the defensive board. She was fouled and made 1 of 2 foul shots to make it 58-51 with 51 seconds on the clock.

UNH turned the ball over and Barron made both free throws with 42 seconds to play to give QU a 60-51 lead. The Wildcats called a timeout at 28 seconds but once again lost possession without attempting a shot. Following a Bobcats' turnover, Wells' jumper closed the scoring, 60-53, with two seconds to play.

In the opening minutes of the game, UNH fell behind 4-3 before a pair of Kilpatrick baskets sandwiched around a Reed free throw gave the 'Cats an 8-4 advantage. The Bobcats leveled the score before Frame's field goal at 13:31 put UNH back in front, 10-8.

QU went on a 7-0 run to take a 15-10 lead before consecutive layups by Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) and Frame made it 15-14 at 9:45. The Bobcats answered with nine consecutive points to extend the advantage to 24-14 at 5:38 on a Warner foul shot.

Hogan buried a 3-pointer to end the streak at 5:22, but QU went on a 9-0 run in the next three minutes to build a 33-17 lead.

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