BOSTON - Senior Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) netted a career-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped a 59-57 decision to Northeastern University in action here at Solomon Court this evening. The win drops UNH to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in America East, while the Huskies improve to 5-6 and 1-1 in the league.
Junior Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) netted 13 points for the Wildcats, while freshman Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) scored 10 points and tied her career high with nine rebounds. Donohue also dished out five assists and made five steals. Northeastern's Melissa Kowalski led all scorers with 21 points.
Northeastern jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead just 3:35 into the contest. From there the two teams would trade baskets, and a Matthias layup with 10:05 remaining in the opening period would cut the Husky lead to 17-11. From there, NU would go on a 14-0 run capped by a Kowalski three-pointer to make it 31-11 with 5:52 remaining in the half. The 'Cats would outscore the Huskies 13-3 over the remainder of the half to face a 34-24 deficit at the break.
UNH would make a 9-2 run capped by a Donohue layup with 16:35 to play to make it 36-33. Sophomore Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) would tie the game at 41 with 10:29 remaining on a pair of free throws, and junior Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) would give UNH its first lead, 44-41, when she hit a trey with 9:31 remaining.
NU would then go on a 10-2 run capped by another Kowalski three to go up 51-46 with 6:39 to play. New Hampshire came storming back, and a steal and layup by Donohue would give the lead back to the Wildcats at 52-51 with 5:28 on the clock. The two teams would trade the lead three more times before Jarvis hit one of two free throws with 1:04 left to tie the game at 57. Northeastern's Kiarsha Curtis would hit a layup with 2.7 seconds left to give the Huskies the lead for the final time.
UNH returns to action on Friday (1/5) when it travels to the University of Hartford for a 7 p.m. contest. The next Wildcat home game is Sunday, Jan.14 against Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is noon.