ORONO, Maine - Kizzy Lopez's 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining broke a 60-60 tie and propelled the University of Maine women's basketball team to a 70-60 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Alfond Arena on Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind 11-7 five minutes into the game, UNH went on a 15-1 run to take a 22-12 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. Adrianne Domanski keyed the Wildcat surge by hitting three of her five first-half 3-pointers in that six minute span. The Black Bears committed five turnovers and missed both field goal attempts to create their drought.
Maine trimmed the deficit to 24-22 and closed within one point, 32-21, in the final minute before a pair of Kelly Donahue free throws gave the Wildcats a 34-31 halftime lead.
The Black Bears, fueled by three 3-pointers, outscored their guests 11-4 over the initial five minutes of the second half to take a 42-38 advantage. New Hampshire went back out in front, 45-44, with a 7-2 run but entered the last ten minutes trailing 52-48.
UNH netted seven consecutive points to regain the lead, 55-52, with 7:15 to play. Maine answered with a six-point spurt to take a 58-55 lead with 4:48 remaining. A basket by Orsi Farkas tied the game at 60 with 3:45 to go, but UNH was held scoreless the rest of the way.
Domanski finished with 18 points, all on 3-pointers. Her six 3-pointers ties a school record that she also matched against Maine earlier this season. Farkas had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. She also had six assists.
Lopez (19 points), Kristen McCormick (17) and Jamie Cassidy (16) led the Black Bears.
New Hampshire plays a pair of home games at Lundholm Gymnasium next weekend as the 'Cats face Drexel University on Feb. 18 (7 p.m.) and Hofstra University on Feb. 20 (1 p.m.).