DURHAM, N.H. - Senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) broke her own school record for three-pointers in a season and led all scorers with 21 points as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team defeated Northeastern, 68-58 Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The win upped the Wildcats' record to 15-11 overall, 9-6 in America East and kept them in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The 'Cats close out the regular season against Boston University at home on Friday, and can clinch the second seed with a win and a Maine loss to Hartford in Orono on Saturday. Northeastern, which is locked into the eighth seed and must face No. 1 Vermont in the opening round, dropped to 5-21, 3-12 in conference games.
Plencner broke her own record of 51 trifectas, set last season. She finished with three treys on the night, pushing her season total to 52 and her career total to 173, also a school record. Sophomore center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) tallied 15 points to go along with a career-best 16 rebounds, and freshman Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) scored a career-high 15, including three treys, for UNH. Lori Newsome notched a career-high 18 points to lead Northeastern, while Aisha Williams had 12 and Joi Jefferson 10 for the Huskies.
After a sluggish start, the Wildcats closed the first half on a 7-1 run to take a 40-33 lead at the break. UNH pushed its advantage to as much as 15 midway through the second half, but a 13-2 run by the Huskies trimmed the deficit to four, 61-57 with only 1:34 remaining. However, clutch foul shooting (7 for 9) down the stretch by the Wildcats kept the Huskies from creeping any closer.
Friday night's contest against the Terriers is also Senior Night for three Wildcat players: Plencner, point guard Kiki Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) and center Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) will all be playing their final home game in a UNH uniform and will be honored before the game. Tip-off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.