DURHAM, N.H. – The University of Maine women’s basketball team erased a 13-point second-half deficit and held off the University of New Hampshire down the stretch for a 74-71 victory Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Maine (9-6, 5-1) held off UNH down the stretch at the foul line, where both Martina Tinklova (11 points) and Amy Vachon (15) went 2-for-2 in the final 33 seconds. New Hampshire’s game-tying 3-point attempt by Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) fell short at the buzzer.
UNH (6-8 overall, 2-4 America East) opened the second half with a 17-3 run to build a 50-37 advantage with 16:11 to play. Trailing 52-44, Maine held the Wildcats scoreless for 5:49 and regained the lead, 55-52, with 8:42 remaining. The lead exchanged hands four more times, the final time when Kristen McCormick’s jumper gave the Black Bears a 62-60 lead with 5:32 to go.
Maine raced out to a 14-4 lead 3:36 into the game and extended the cushion to 14 points, 21-7. UNH roared back with a 22-9 run to take a 33-32 lead but a Jamie Cassidy basket gave the visitors a 34-33 halftime lead.
Cassidy recorded her 2,000th career point on her initial basket of the second half, which came with 15:52 remaining. Cassidy, who netted 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Kizzy Lopez contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
Senior center Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary; 20 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Adriane Domanski (Lafayette Hills, Pa.; 18 points, all on 3-pointers) led UNH’s offense. Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wisc.; 14) and Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.; 10) also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
UNH returns to action Jan. 18 (7 p.m.) at Brown University. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 27 vs. Towson University. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.