DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore forward Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) matched one career high by scoring 17 points and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds to help the University of New Hampshire cruise past Northeastern University, 70-42, Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Matthias did not miss a shot on the day as she was 8-for-8 from the floor, including 7 of 7 in the second half, and she also made her only free throw attempt.
The Wildcats (4-4 overall, 1-1 America East) led 33-27 at the half but pulled away by starting the second half with a 9-0 run. NU (4-5, 1-1) never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way - 42-30 with 14:05 remaining. The Huskies remained within striking distance (55-40) with 5:30 to play, but the 'Cats scored six consecutive points to build a 21-point cushion, then scored the game's final nine points for the final 28-point margin of victory.
The New Hampshire charge was also sparked by junior guard Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H), who recorded a career-best nine assists for the second straight game. She also scored nine points. Senior center Orsi Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) added 11 points and seven rebounds.
In the first half, NU held an early 6-2 advantage. The 'Cats went on a 16-2 spurt to build a double-digit lead, 18-8, and led by as many as 14 points (31-17) before the Huskies pulled within six points at halftime.
UNH shot a season-best .553 (26-for-47) from the floor while limiting Northeastern to 30.5%, including .222 (6 of 27) in the second half. The Wildcats also won the battle on the boards, 42-28, and recorded assists on 21 of 26 field goals.
Tesha Tinsley, NU's top scorer at 14.6 ppg, was held to a career-low two points and missed all 11 field goal attempts. Lani Lawrence recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Garrette Glinton also netted 10 points.
UNH returns to action Dec. 21 at perennial national power North Carolina State. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 29 (7 p.m.) vs. Harvard at the Whittemore Center.