DURHAM, N.H. – Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) each scored 10 points and combined for 14 rebounds to power the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Saturday night's season-opening 77-30 non-conference win against Worcester State at Lundholm Gym.
UNH (1-0, 0-0 America East) was led by Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.), who scored a game-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in her Wildcat debut. The University of Rhode Island transfer was named the America East Player of the Game after hitting 5 of 7 first-half shots to help UNH build a 38-13 lead at the intermission.
Belanger tallied eight of her 10 points by connecting on 4 of 6 shots in that decisive first half; she finished with a team-leading eight rebounds. Kilpatrick also poured in eight first-half points en route to a 4-for-6 night from the floor; the junior snared six rebounds.
All nine Wildcats who saw action scored, with eight players tallying at least six points. Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio), Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Madison Lopez (Albuquerque, N.M.) scored eight points apiece, while Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) notched six points in seven minutes.
UNH shot 50 percent (16-for-32) in the first half and 61 percent (19-for-31) in the second half to finish at 56 percent (35 of 63) for the game. New Hampshire held a 35-21 rebounding advantage.
The Lancers were led by Shannen El-Qasem's seven points (3-of-6 shooting). Kiesha Jones and Olivia Gardiner added five points apiece.
UNH plays its first road contest of the season at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return home to battle Northeastern at Lundholm Gym on Saturday, Nov. 16 (2 p.m.). For UNH women's basketball season tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.