BALTIMORE, Md. – Forwards Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) logged double-digit scoring efforts as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team defeated the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers, 60-47 at the RAC Arena Wednesday afternoon.
UNH extends its winning streak to four games and improves to 8-7 and 2-0 in America East. UMBC falls to 2-14, 1-3. The streak marks the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Wildcats have won four consecutive games. In addition, it is the first 2-0 start in conference play since 2004-05.
Frankenberger, the America East Player of the Game for UNH, tallied 13 points and three rebounds. Coia led the 'Cats in scoring with 14 points and three rebounds. Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) chipped eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists.
Center Bridget O'Donnel paced the Retrievers in scoring with 12 points and tallied four blocks. Guard Liz McNaughton was shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
New Hampshire shot 23 of 49 (47 percent) from the floor and was 4 of 13 (31 percent) from 3-point range. UMBC was 20 of 60 (33 percent) from the field and 3 of 23 from beyond the arc. New Hampshire held the rebound advantage, 38-34.
After conceding the first basket, Frankenberger netted the first five points for UNH to start the game. New Hampshire extended its lead to seven at 9-2 on baskets by Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and Coia with 13:08 left in the first half.
As the Wildcats held a 13-6 advantage, the Retrievers quickly erased the deficit with an 8-0 run over a span of 1 minute, 42 seconds to take its first lead at 14-13, since the opening basket.
The Wildcats were able to recapture the lead and never look back with a 10-2 run of their own as Coia powered the streak with 5 of the 10 points. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) tacked on a late 3-pointer as UNH entered halftime with a 27-18 lead.
New Hampshire maintained its lead for the duration of the second half, keeping the pressure on the Retrievers. Gaston and Frankenberger began the scoring for UNH with a layup followed by a trey. O'Donnell posted back-to-back layups for UMBC to bring the deficit down to six at 34-28 with 13:58 left in the second half.
The Wildcats ensued with a 9-0 run as Hogan posted back-to-back field goals. Coia followed up with a mid-range jumper from Coia and a pair of free throws to lead 43-28 with 9:28 remaining in the second frame.
UMBC could not decrease the 'Cats lead down to single digits despite 12 second half points from O'Donnell. Six different players tallied points for the Wildcats as UNH was able to close out the 60-47 victory on the road.
The Wildcats remain on the road as the University of Hartford Hawks welcome the Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m.). New Hampshire returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.) to host the University of Vermont Catamounts. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.