NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied a season-high 17 points on 4 of 13 shooting. However, the Bryant University Bulldogs topped the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team 67-61 at Chace Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats fall to 3-3 on the season while Bryant improves to 2-4, snapping a four-game losing streak in the non-conference contest.
Hogan matched a career-high in 3-pointers with four as all of her field goals made were from beyond the arc. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 15) and junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; 13) both registered career-high scoring efforts. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) paced the rebound effort with seven while chipping in 11 points.
New Hampshire shot 21 of 54 from the floor to compile a .389 field goal percentage. Bryant was 25 of 51 from the field, hitting 49 percent of its shots. The Bulldogs held the advantage in rebounds with a 41-25 advantage. The Wildcats owned the turnover advantage by a plus-six margin of 20-14. Furthermore, UNH drilled a season-high nine 3-pointers on 23 attempts (39.1 percent).
The first half was closely contested, as each side did not have a lead greater than five points. Additionally, the score was tied five times and the lead was exchanged on 10 occurrences.
New Hampshire jumped out to a 7-3 lead to open the match. Bryant stormed back to take its first lead of the game with a 10-1 run to push the score up to 13-8 with 12:26 remaining in the first. The Wildcats were sharp from 3-point range early as the 'Cats hit its first four treys to keep pace with the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats regained the lead at 21-20 as Belanger nailed a jumper with 8:52 left in the first half. UNH would extend its lead to 25-22 with scoring contributions from Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Hogan. Despite that, Bryant closed out the first half on an 11-4 run to enter halftime with a 33-29 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to shoot efficiently from the floor as Bryant opened a 7-3 run in a span of 3:34 to start the second half. Trailing 40-32 with 16:26 remaining, New Hampshire cut the Bulldogs' lead down to four, which was capped off by a Gaston trey with 13:55 left.
Bryant would pull away again as a 14-6 run would give the Bulldogs their largest lead of the match at 60-46 with 7:57 left in the half.
New Hampshire would claw back into the match, powered by a 13-point effort from Kilpatrick in the second frame cut the deficit down to three at 64-61.
With 1:55 left on the clock, Bryant would fend off the late UNH surge in the expiring moments of the game. After a missed trey from Hogan, the Bulldogs countered with a layup to lead 66-61 with 41.7 seconds left. Another attempt from long-range by Hogan would rim out as the Bulldogs drew a foul on the ensuing rebound. Bryant would follow by tacking on a free throw with 18 seconds left. New Hampshire ran out of time, giving the Wildcats a 67-61 defeat.
The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gymnasium, as UNH will host Howard University on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.