WOMEN'S HOOP USES BIG SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT UMASS, 66-44

AMHERST, MA - Senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, NH) scored a game-high 17 points and the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team used a 15-6 run to begin the second half on its way to a 66-44 victory over UMass Thursday night at the Mullins Center.

Plencner was 6 of 8 from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc for UNH, which improved to 4-5 on the year. The Minutemen, who were outscored 41-19 in the second half, fell to 1-8 on the season.

The game had been tied 25-25 at halftime before UNH scored the first seven points of the second half to go up 32-25 with 13 minutes remaining. UMass closed to within five points on two different occasions but could get no closer.

Sophomore Quandra Harrison (Brockton, Mass.) scored nine points for the Wildcats while fellow classmate Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with eight points. Jennifer Butler led the Minutemen with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

UNH has a 16-day layoff before its next contest, Saturday, Dec. 29 at home against Sacred Heart University. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 3 p.m.

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