CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) paced the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team with 14 points and three blocks. Despite the effort, Boston College prevailed over UNH 65-40 at the Conte Forum Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles improve to 6-5 while the Wildcats fall to 4-5.
New Hampshire shot 16 of 51 from the field to post a 31.4 percentage. Boston College was 23 of 56 (41.1 percent) from the floor, including 14 of 26 (53.8 percent) from 3-point range. The Eagles outrebounded the Wildcats by a margin of six at 38-32. UNH held the advantage in second chance points with a 9-5 edge.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) also reached double digits in scoring with 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) notched six points on a pair of 3-pointers while chipping in seven rebounds and a block.
Junior forward Kat Cooper led the Eagles with a career-high 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Cooper also registered a career-high five 3-pointers on eight attempts. Freshman guard Kelly Hughes (14) and junior forward Kristen Doherty (11) reached double digits in points.
Boston College opened the game on a 10-2 run. Cooper began the scoring on a 3-pointer. Kilpatrick countered for the Wildcats on a layup. However, the Eagles retaliated with seven-straight points, capped off by a second trey from Cooper.
In spite of a Coia layup, the Eagles produced an 8-0 streak to build an 18-5 lead with 9:57 left in the first half. New Hampshire was able to cut the Eagles' lead to eight at 23-15 with 6:39 remaining. A pair of free throws made from Coia and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) followed by back-to-back layups from Kilpatrick powered the 8-3 run.
Boston College was able to halt the surge from the Wildcats for the remainder of the first half. The Eagles closed out the first frame on an 8-0 run to lead 31-15 at the midway point.
UNH opened the second half on five straight points. In spite of that, the Eagles extended their lead on a 19-2 run to lead 53-22 with 9:13 left in the second half.
The 'Cats offense was able to get back on track as Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick all made contributions. UNH was able to chip down at the deficit to trail 61-37 with 2:41 left on the clock. Despite a 25-point effort from New Hampshire in the second half, Boston College maintained its lead to defeat UNH, 65-40.
New Hampshire returns to Durham to host Cleveland State University on Education Day on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. The Wildcats close out the 2013 year as Boston University visits Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.