BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) had 19 points, 13 in the first half, but it wasn't enough as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Vermont 70-60 at Patrick Gymnasium this evening. UNH Closes out the regular season at 10-17 overall and 8-10 in America East, while the Catamounts finish at 17-10 and 13-5.

Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) was the other Wildcat in double figures with 11. Rachel Bryan led Vermont with 14 points. The two teams traded baskets early. UNH Trailed 12-10 early but a conventional three-point play by Matthias and a three by Plencner in an 11-second span gave the 'Cats a 16-12 lead with 12:38 remaining in the first half. New Hampshire would take its largest lead of the first half, 23-17, on a Maren Mattias (Guilford, Conn.) layup with 7:57 left in the half. The visitors would take a 39-37 lead into the locker room.

UVM would take its first lead of the second half, 44-43, on a Jen MacAulay layup with 15:04 to play. The Catamounts would then score 17 of the next 19 points to build a 61-45 lead with 6:59 to play. A Sarah Bushney (Champlain, N.Y.) trey with 2:47 left cut the UVM lead to six, but UNH would get no closer.

Despite the loss, UNH has secured a first round bye in the upcoming America East Championship held at UVM. The sixth-seeded Wildcats will face Vermont in a rematch on Thursday (3/8). Game times will be announced tomorrow.

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