DURHAM, N.H. - Senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team defeated Marist College, 70-60 in its home-opener at Lundholm Gymnasium Tuesday night.
UNH (2-1) had four players in double figures and took advantage of 30 points in the paint and 21 points off turnovers to hand the Red Foxes (1-1) their first loss of the season. Besides Plencner, Anna Matthias (game-high 16 points), Aubrey Danen (14) and Colleen Mullen (13) all had double-digits in points for the 'Cats.
Plencner, who also had a game-high four steals, scored 12 of her points in the first half as the Wildcats built a 38-26 halftime lead. UNH shot 50 percent in the first half, and forced Marist into 15 turnovers.
The Red Foxes, however, came out firing in the second half, and surged to within 44-40 on a basket by Diesa Seidel with 14:22 remaining. But UNH went on a 12-1 run over the next 3:48 to go up 56-41. Marist closed the gap to 66-60 with 2:46 to play, but the 'Cats hit 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice it.
Seidel finished with a team-high 16 points for the Red Foxes while Sarah Tift scored 13 and Nina Vecchio chipped in with 11.
UNH, now 2-1 on the year, hosts the University of Michigan on Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wolverines are ranked 19th nationally in the Associated Press Poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. Game time is 7 p.m .