WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) had 23 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and 12 rebounds to lead the fourth-seeded University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 70-57 win over No. 5 Stony Brook in the quarterfinals of the America East Women's Basketball Championship hosted by the University of Hartford Thursday night. With the win, UNH (13-15) advances to face regular season champion Maine (24-4), the winners of 20-straight games in Friday's first semifinal at 6 p.m..
Matthias notched her 14th double-double of the season to lead four Wildcats in double figures. She netted her 1,000th career point with 7:11 to go in the first half when she converted from the free throw line. The America East First Team all-conference selection needed nine points entering Thursday's game for the milestone.
Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) was 4-8 from three-point land and totaled 19 points, while Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) had 11 points on the strength of 3-3 shooting behind the arc while dishing out seven assists. Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) had 10 points and six assists.
New Hampshire opened up a 36-20 lead at halftime over Stony Brook (9- 19), and used a 8-2 run at the start of the second half to take a 44-22 lead 18:03 to go after a Mullen trifecta. The Seawolves worked their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 10, 46-36, with 14:24 to go. They cut the lead to 10 three times in the second half but couldn't get the Wildcat advantage into single digits.
The 'Cats trailed just once, at 2-0. Adams and Mullen opened the UNH scoring with back-to-back threes to make it 6-2 and New Hampshire never lead by fewer than four the rest of the game. The Wildcats opened up their biggest lead just before the half when Mullen hit a bank shot to beat the buzzer to make it 36-20 at the break.
New Hampshire shot 49.1% from the floor and 50% from three-point land (8-16) to win its sixth game out of the last eight. The Wildcats outrebounded the Seawolves 41-33 for the game.
Friday night's semifinal against Maine can be heard on the UNH Sports Network on a tape-delay basis following UNH's Hockey East semifinal against Massachusetts. The game will also be shown on NESN tape-delayed at 11 p.m. Friday.