TOWSON, Md. - Towson University posted a 64-63 overtime win over the University of New Hampshire in women's basketball action here this evening. Towson now stands at 2-7 in America East and 2-15 overall. The Wildcats are now 6-12 and 4-5 in the league.
New Hampshire was led by junior Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) who had 19 points and nine rebounds. Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) had a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) tied her career-high with nine assists. Mia Chapman led Towson with 16 points.
The game was tight over the first 11 minutes, with neither side leading by more than six points. UNH would go on a 10-1 run capped by a Jarvis basket to go up 25-16 with 4:16 remaining in the first half. The 'Cats would take their largest lead of the first half, 27-17, on a Matthias basket with 3:42 left. The Tigers would cut UNH's lead to six, 29-23, at the half.
The two teams would trade baskets at the start of the second half, but the 'Cats would go up nine, 39-30, on a basket by Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) with 14:34 to play. Nine unanswered points by Towson over the next 3:38 would knot the game at 10:56 to play. Neither side would go up by more than three points for the rest of the half as the lead changed hands seven times. The Tigers would go up 56-54 with 15 seconds to play on a Kim Wright layup. Donohue would score a basket with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
New Hampshire would take a 63-61 lead with 2:09 left in the extra session when Plencner hit her only three of the game. A basket by Shonte Simpson would tie the game at 63 with 1:33 left, and a free throw by Simpson with 1:30 on the clock gave Towson the 64-63 lead and the eventual win.
New Hampshire suffered its third league loss by four points or less.
UNH continues its two-game road swing with a visit to league-leading Delaware on Saturday (1/27) for a 1 p.m. game. The 'Cats return to home action next Friday (2/2) as UNH faces Vermont at the Whittemore Center in a 7 p.m. contest.