DURHAM, N.H. – Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded 14 points and a season-high nine rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Monday night's 77-54 non-conference victory against Wagner College at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH capped its three-game homestand at 2-1 to improve to 5-5 overall. Wagner lost its sixth consecutive game to fall to 1-7.
Frame's game-high 14 points was matched by Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.), who ascended to No. 3 on UNH's career 3-point leaderboard with three trifectas to increase her total to 143; she surpassed both Kelly Karl (1994-98; 142) and Denise Beliveau (2007-12; 141). Frame was selected the America East Player of the Game.
Kaylee Kilpatrick (Sain John, New Brunswick) recorded a career-high 11 rebounds as well as six points, two blocks, one assist and one steal. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in 11 points while Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with season highs in both points (eight), assists (four) and steals (three), and Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored a career-high nine points – she went 7-for-10 from the foul line – and pulled down four rebounds.
Wagner was led by Marie-Laurence Archambault (13 points) and Veronick Fournier (11). Jacqui Thompson tallied a game-high eight assists.
Reed opened the game scoring with a 3-pointer on UNH's first possession and the Wildcats never relinquished that lead. After an Archambault jumper lifted the Seahawks within 3-2, the 'Cats went on an 8-0 run the next three minutes to build an 11-2 advantage. Frame made two layups and Reed hit another 3-pointer during that spurt.
New Hampshire, which shot 54.2% from the floor in the first half while limiting the visitors to 33.3% and recording a 24-13 rebound advantage, built a double-digit lead of 16-4 at 12:25 on Gaston's 3-pointer.
The lead grew to as much as 17 points, 23-6 and 33-16, in the first half before Wagner pulled within 33-22 on a 3-pointer by Laura Amorosa at 1:40. UNH pushed the advantage to 37-22 before Thompson's layup beat the buzzer to trim the deficit to 13 points at halftime.
Frame opened the second-half scoring with a pair of free throws and a layup to give the Wildcats a 41-24 lead. Archambault's 3-pointer was matched by Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; nine points, four rebounds, three assists) and the cushion was pushed to 22 points, 51-29, on Reed's 143rd career 3-pointer at 14:30.
Wagner scored five consecutive points to close within 68-50 with four minutes remaining, but UNH went on a 7-0 spurt the ensuing 2:20 to build its largest lead of the game of 25 points at 75-50.
The Wildcats were 16 of 22 at the foul line in the second half and finished the game 22-for-34 overall – both numbers marked season highs, as did the 77 points, seven 3-pointers (on 16 attempts) and 46 rebounds.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 22 at Cleveland State University. The Wildcats' next home game is Jan. 5, 2013 against Stony Brook University.