WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY VERMONT, 72-62

Burlington, VT -- Morgan Hall scored 21 points to lead third-seeded Vermont past #6 New Hampshire, 72-62, in the quarterfinal round of the 2001 National Life Group America East Women's Basketball Championships at UVM's Patrick Gym on Thursday evening.

With the win, the defending champion Catamounts (18-10) earn a trip to the semifinals for the sixth straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. They will take on second-seeded Drexel in tomorrow night's nightcap which is televised on ESPN Regional and on WBVT TV in Vermont.

Hall, named to the all-America East first team yesterday, went seven-for-13 from the field and had a team-high 12 rebounds. Teammate Libby Smith, a second-team all-league selection, added 17 points, 10 in the second half. For the game, the Catamounts made six-of-nine from three-point range compared to New Hampshire's 5-of-17 (29%) effort as Hall and Smith combined to go five-for-seven. Vermont also out-rebounded the Wildcats, 44-34.

Sisters Anna and Maren Matthias each led UNH with 12 points with Anna grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Heidi Plencner and Sarah Bushey added 10 each as the Wildcats finish their season at 10-18.

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