DURHAM, N.H. – Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored 16 points and snagged seven rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped a 65-50 decision to Cleveland State in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference encounter at Lundholm Gym.
UNH slipped to 4-6 on the season, while Cleveland State improved to 5-5.
Hogan raised her career assist tally to 300, reaching the milestone in the expiring moments of the first half. The senior guard ranks 11th all-time in UNH women's basketball history.
Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) recorded eight points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played. Classmate Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tallied nine points on a trio of 3-pointers, while pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) chipped in eight points and four rebounds.
The Vikings had three players score in double-digits in the match. Junior guard Cori Coleman led all scorers with 18 points and tallied six rebounds. Classmates Kiersten Green and Imani Gordon pitched in point totals of 13 and 12 respectively. Gordon paced CSU on the boards with nine.
New Hampshire shot 20 of 52 (38.5 percent) from the floor and was 5 of 21 from 3-point range. Cleveland State was 20 of 51 (39.2 percent) shooting and 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Vikings outrebounded the 'Cats, 40-33. UNH turned the ball over 16 times while CSU conceded possession on 12 occasions.
The Wildcats and Vikings exchanged the first 18 points of the match at nine apiece. Gaston would drill her first 3-pointer of the match to give UNH a three-point lead at 12-9 with 13:55 left in the first half. CSU would battle back to even the score at 16 all.
The Vikings would ensue with a five-point run, capped off by a Gordon trey. New Hampshire retaliated with a 6-0 run to recapture the lead at 22-21, fueled by two three-point plays from Hogan. However, Cleveland State would conclude the half on a 9-2 in a three-minute span to lead, 34-28.
After surrendering a 3-pointer, UNH strung together five-straight points to open the second half. In spite of that, Cleveland State would stretch out its lead again to 10 at 45-35 with an 8-2 run.
New Hampshire would narrow the deficit down to seven with 8:08 remaining on the clock with contributions from Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine), Hogan and Kilpatrick.
In spite of that, the Vikings would again pull away in the match, compiling a 13-4 run to lead 60-44 with 1:37 remaining.
Gaston and Hogan would add 3-point tallies late in the frame. However, the Wildcats would not rally as Cleveland State prevailed in the game, 65-50.
New Hampshire remains at home for the final match of 2013. UNH welcomes Boston University to Lundholm Gymnasium for a non-conference matchup on Sunday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.