BOSTON - The UNH women's basketball team rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to tie the game midway through the final half but couldn't complete the comeback in falling to Northeastern, 73-64 Wednesday night at Solomon Court in Boston.
The Huskies improved to 2-9 overall and 1-0 in the conference while UNH dropped to 5-6 and 0-1. The game marked the America East opener for both clubs.
Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis) tied her career-high with 22 points for the 'Cats while Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) hit for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sister Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) came off the bench to score nine points for UNH. Northeastern was paced by Joi Jefferson's 14 points. Melissa Kowalski and Lizzie Demor (three treys) scored 13 each for the Huskies. UNH's Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) hit two 3-pointers in the contest, tying her with Kelly Karl for first-place on the school's all-time list. Both Karl and Plencner have 142 career field goals.
Northeastern hit its first seven shots of the contest and took advantage of 56 percent shooting and a 23-10 rebound margin in the first half to take a 50-37 halftime lead. The Huskies finished with a 44-30 edge on the glass. The Wildcats opened the second half with a 15-4 run to knot the game at 54-54 but Northeastern countered with a 7-2 run to go ahead for good. UNH closed to within a point, 61-60 with 5:57 remaining, but couldn't overtake the Huskies down the stretch.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday (1/6) against America East newcomer Albany. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.