DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Vermont 71-52 in an America East conference matchup here at the Whittemore Center this evening. UVM improves to 11-8 and 7-3 in the league, while New Hampshire falls to 4-7 in the league and 6-14 overall.
Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) had 10 points to lead the Wildcats. Vermont's Libby Smith paced three Vermont players in double figures with 18 points, while Morgan Hall and Dawn Cressman each had 17.
UNH hung with the Catamounts early, as the game was tied at six on a jumper by Taylore Jarvis (Nazareth, Pa.) with 15:58 left in the first half. UVM would then go on a 15-6 run to make it 25-12 with 5:47 left in the opening stanza. The Catamounts would take their largest lead of the first half, 33-16, on a basket with 59 seconds left in the half, and would take a 33-18 lead into the break.
An early 6-2 run by New Hampshire would cut the lead to 11, 35-24, with 15:48 to play. A 12-3 spurt by UVM over the next 3:21 would push the lead to 20 and effectively put the game away. UNH would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Vermont owned a 53-31 advantage on the boards.
UNH is back in action on Sunday (2/4) when it hosts Hartford in another America East battle. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.