DURHAM, N.H. - After trailing 42-40 at halftime, 19th-ranked University of Michigan clamped on the defense in the second half to beat the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, 81-61 Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The 'Cats, who shot 48 percent in the first half, including 8-17 from behind the arc, managed just 19 points on 7 of 25 shooting in the second to fall to 2-2 on the season. Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH), who moved into second on UNH's career 3-point list after hitting three treys in the first half, finished with 14 points to lead the Wildcats. Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) also hit three treys and had 13 points for UNH, while Tabitha Pool led all scorers with 21 points for Michigan, which is now 2-1. The Wolverines finished with a lofty 54 percent field goal percentage, in large part because many of their points came inside (34 total points) or on the fast break (22).
After Anna Matthias' (Guilford, Conn.) bucket with 14:06 remaining tied the game at 49-49, the Wolverines went on a 13-2 run over the next 4:25 to take control, 62-50. Michigan expanded its lead to 20 with 2:51 remaining and never looked back. UNH set a team record with 10 3-pointers, but only two of them came in the second half.
After spotting Michigan the first six points of the contest, the Wildcats jumped ahead with a 19-5 run to take their largest lead of the contest, 19-11 with 12:48 left in the opening half. The Wolverines responded with a 14-2 run to go up 25-21, but UNH answered
right back, scoring 21 points in the final eight minutes to grab a 42-40 halftime advantage. Plencner, who scored all of her points in the first half, now has 127 career 3-point fields, one better than Julie Donlon (126) and just 15 short of Kelly Karl's all-time mark of 142.
UNH travels to Manhattan College on Tuesday (11/27) before returning home to face defending MAAC champion Siena College next Saturday (12/1).