BURLINGTON, VT. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was edged 63-60 in overtime Wednesday night by the University of Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium.
UNH lost its sixth consecutive road game and third straight overall to fall to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in the America East conference. UVM ended a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-10, 1-0.
Reed netted 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. She was named UNH's America East Player of the Game. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 12 points) and Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine; 10) also scored in double digits.
UVM, which outscored the visitors 12-6 the last five minutes to force OT, was led by Lauren Buschmann (17 points, 11 rebounds), Niki Taylor (15 pts) and Tierra Shumpert (15).
Sam Simononis opened OT with a jumper but Frame answered with a layup to tie the score. Shumpert put the home team back in front, but Frame made two free throws to once again level the score, 58-58.
UVM inched ahead 60-58 by making 2 of 4 foul shots in the next 2:20. Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) scored from the right blocks to tie the score at 60 with 47 seconds to play in overtime. Vermont called time out and Shumpert hit a pair of foul shots to put the Catamounts back in front with 28.9 seconds left.
UNH quickly advanced the ball to half court and called a timeout. With the clock under 10 seconds, Hogan's attempted entry pass from the right wing to Frame was intercepted by Buschmann. Simononis hit one foul shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to give UVM a 63-60 lead. UNH's long inbounds pass was deflected away to end the game.
There were five ties and 13 lead changes in the first half. UNH took its first lead of the game, 3-2, at 17:49 when Reed hit a 3-pointer in transition from the right wing. Reed made another fastbreak 3-pointer to put the Wildcats in front, 6-4, at 16:01.
New Hampshire trailed 8-7 on Kilpatrick's bank shot from the right blocks at 13:59. On the next possession, Reed caught the ball in the paint, pivoted and made a short jumper off the glass to give UNH an 11-8 lead at 13:18.
The Wildcats built its largest lead of the half -- four points (18-14) – on Hogan's 3-pointer from the left wing at 11:12, but UVM responded with a 6-0 run the next 4:45 to regain the lead at 20-18. Reed ended the visitor's scoring drought with her third 3-pointer of the half at 6:24 to give UNH a 21-10 advantage.
With the scored tied at 27 with 1:45 on the clock, Reed's putback put New Hampshire back on top and Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) hit a short jumper on the right baseline to give UNH a 31-27 halftime lead.
The Wildcats held that four-point halftime lead on the strength of a .550 field goal percentage, which included 4 of 7 (57.1%) from 3-point range, and a 16-11 rebounding advantage.
UVM pulled within one point, 35-34, in the opening minutes of the second half, but Hogan hit a pull-up 15-foot jumper, Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) drove down the lane for a layup and then hit two foul shots to extend UNH's lead to 41-34 at 13:29.
Frame made a pair of free throws at 9:19 to give the Wildcats their largest lead of the game, nine points (45-36). Vermont responded with a 6-0 run to pull within three points before Belanger made three foul shots to give UNH a 48-42 lead at 5:20.
UVM answered with three free throws to narrow the margin to 48-45 before Reed buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to reestablish a six-point lead at 3:26. Shumpert's 3-pointer at 2:56 and Simononis layup at 2:16 closed the game to 51-50.
New Hampshire called a 30-second timeout and Kilpatrick made the second of two free throws to give the visiting 'Cats a 52-50 lead. Taylor hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give UVM a one-point lead, the Catamounts first since 24-23 at 4:28 of the first half.
UNH called another 30-second timeout trailing 54-52 with 43 seconds remaining in regulation and Frame hit a reverse layup on the left side to tie the score with 22 seconds to play. Frame then pulled down a defensive rebound at the other end of the court to give UNH possession at 16.5 seconds. Following a timeout, Reed's 3-point attempt from the right wing in the waning seconds was off the mark and the teams ended 40 minutes tied at 54.
The Wildcats went 7-for-23 (30.4%) from the floor, including 1 of 7 on 3-pointers, in the second half and finished the game -- their first OT game of the season -- with a .426 field goal percentage.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 5 (4 p.m.) against Stony Brook University. It will be the 1,000th game in program history and fans are invited to be part of a commemorative photo that will mark the milestone.