DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) scored a game-high 19 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 73-55 victory over America East preseason favorite Vermont Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH, which never trailed, climbed back to the .500 plateau at 7-7 with the win and also evened its conference record to 2-2. The Catamounts suffered their first league loss in dropping to 8-6, 3-1.

The 'Cats burst out of the gates quickly, racing to a 10-2 lead just 2:37 into the contest. The lead grew to 15 (41-26) at the break as the 'Cats limited Vermont to just 28 percent shooting in the first half and 29 percent for the game. UNH also outscored the Catamounts in the paint, 32-14.

The Catamounts trimmed the advantage to 14 early in the second half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) and Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) ballooned the advantage to 20 with 18:06 remaining. UNH maintained at least a 15-point advantage the rest of the way.

Maren Matthias, making the first start of her career, finished 9 of 12 from the field while also contributing season-highs of three blocks and three steals. Danen recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Plencner finished with 14 points. Freshman Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.), also making her first career start, added nine points, seven rebounds and a career-high six steals for UNH.

York (Maine) native Lani Boardman had a team-high 14 points for Vermont.

UNH steps out of conference to face intrastate rival Dartmouth College in Hanover on Tuesday (1/15) before travelling to Albany on Saturday (1/19).

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