Women's Basketball Winning Streak Snapped at Six Games, Falters at Albany, 88-47

ALBANY, N.Y. – Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) each reached double figures in scoring with 11 and 10 respectively. However, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University at Albany Great Danes, 88-47 at SEFCU Arena Thursday afternoon. 

New Hampshire's winning streak is snapped at six games, falling to 10-8 overall and 4-1 in America East play. UAlbany extends its unbeaten streak to seven games and remains unblemished in conference play, improving to 16-3, 6-0.  

Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) snagged seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats on the glass. Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) pitched in six points on a pair of 3-pointers.

Shereesha Richards led the Great Danes with a game-high 25 points. Megan Craig also reached double digits in scoring with 19 points. Tammy Phillips controlled the glass to tally 12 rebounds for UAlbany. 

The Wildcats were 15 of 55 from the floor to log a .273 field goal percentage. UA registered a .559 clip from the field on 33 of 59 shooting. New Hampshire converted 11 of 12 free throw attempts (91.7 percent) while the Great Danes was 18 of 23 (78.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Great Danes darted out to a 6-0 run to start the game. Coia stopped the run shortly with a pair of free throws made. Albany ensued the UNH scoring with four consecutive points to lead 10-2 at the first media timeout. 

UAlbany was advantageous of turnovers from UNH, as the Great Danes stretched its lead to 18-4 with 11:47 to go in the first half. Craig was featured in the UA offense often as the 6-foot-9 forward net 15 of her 19 points in the opening stanza. 

Despite Wildcat field goals from Kendall Martenet (Mukwonago, Wis.), Belanger and Coia, UAlbany continued to pad its lead with a 31-11 advantage with 6:54 to go in the first half.

In the final five minutes of the frame, each side exchanged baskets as the score stood at 46-20 entering halftime.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Hogan tallied her first points of the game in the opening possession of the second half with a drive-in layup. Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tacked on a trey to chip at the UA lead.

In spite of the early surge, the Great Danes defense clamped down and kept the 'Cats scoreless for 3 minutes, 55 seconds with a 9-0 run. Coia was able to break the scoring drought with a layup at 12:10 as the 'Cats trailed, 61-28.

Richards powered the Great Danes offense in the second half, posting 15 of her 25 points in the second half, including 7 of 10 from the free throw line. Notwithstanding, Hogan's 11-point effort in the frame, UNH's deficit was too much to overcome. UAlbany was able to hand UNH an 88-47 loss and the first away game dropped since Dec. 15, 2013 against Boston College (40-65). 

The Wildcats remain on the road, visiting the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks in its Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers game on Sunday, Jan. 26 (4:30 p.m.). The game will be aired on ESPN3. New Hampshire returns to the confines of Lundholm Gym on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.) to host the Binghamton University Bearcats. For tickets, visit unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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