DURHAM, N.H. -Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) led four players in double figures with 13 points as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team posted a 53-49 win over Hartford here at Lundholm Gymnasium this afternoon. UNH breaks a three-game skid and improves to 5-7 in America East and 7-14 overall, while Hartford evens their record at 10-10 and 5-6 in the league.
Freshman Quandra Harrison (Brockton, Mass.) had her breakout game by scoring 12 points, 10 in the second half, to go along with six rebounds. Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) went 5-for-10 from the field and scored 11 points, while Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) ended up with 10. Hartford's Janeka Lopp led all scorers with 22 points.
The game got off to a slow start, as New Hampshire led 10-2 midway through the first half. The 'Cats would take their largest lead of the half, 14-4, on a jumper by Plencner with 6:41 remaining in the first half. Hartford would then go on a 10-0 capped by a Lopp three to tie the game at 14 with 4:07 left in the opening stanza. The teams traded baskets and UNH took a 22-20 lead into the locker room.
The Hawks would score 11 of the first 17 points of the second half to go up three, 31-28, with 15:10 to play. UNH would retake the lead at 34-33 on a pair of Harrison free throws with 11:12 on the clock. Harrison would then score eight of the Wildcats next 12 points and capped a 12-3 run with a steal and a layup as UNH would go up 10, 46-36, with 7:29 to play.
After a pair of Plencner free throws at 6:00, the 'Cats would go scoreless for the next 4:47 allowing Hartford to pull to within one, 48-47. UNH would then hit five unanswered points, all from the foul line, over the next 39 seconds to go up six with 34 seconds to play. A pair of Lopp free throws with 15 seconds left cut the UNH lead to four but the visitors would get no closer.
UNH held a 43-39 rebounding advantage for the game, while the stifling Wildcat defense held Hartford to 24.2% shooting.
New Hampshire travels to Maine next Sunday (2/11) for a 1 p.m. game at Alfond Arena. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 22 against Northeastern. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.