DURHAM, N.H. -Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) recorded her third-straight double-double with a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Sunday afternoon's 68-64 America East victory over Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improved to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in America East, while Albany now stands at 6-7 and 0-2 in the league.
Danen netted 15 of her 23 points in the second half. For the game she was 9-of-15 from the field. Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) recorded her second-straight double-double, registering 18 points and grabbing 10 boards. Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) also reached double figures for the 'Cats, recording 12 points. Kathryn Hemlock led the Great Danes with 17 points.
Albany, which had trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, made it a 64-62 game with 1:36 to play when Jess McGinlay sank a pair of free throws. UNH would come up empty on its next possession, but at the other end, Hemlock would miss a layup and Danen controlled the rebound. On the ensuing trip, Danen hit a fadeaway in the paint with 35 seconds left to give UNH a 66-62 lead.
The Great Danes came up empty once again, and Matthias was fouled on the rebound action. She made 1-of-2 to give UNH a five-point cushion. Maree Jones would score for Albany with eight seconds left to make it a one-possession game, but freshman Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) would sink the first of her two free throws to make it 68-64.
UNH came out on fire in the game's opening minutes, making 9 of its first 10 field goal attempts to build a 21-7 lead. The lead would get up to 17, 24-7, with 12:15 left in the opening period. The Great Danes cut the UNH lead to eight late in the half, but a Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) basket with 16 seconds left gave UNH a 38-28 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats owned a 49-41 advantage on the boards and also committed a season-low 11 turnovers. UNH committed just three turnovers in the first half.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday (Jan. 18) when they host Northeastern in a 1 p.m. game at Lundholm Gymnasium.