DURHAM, N.H. - Despite 26 points and 17 rebounds from junior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.), the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped an exhibition game to Istrobanka Lokomotiva Slovakia 74-72 Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Matthias, who was an America East Second Team selection last season, netted 16 of her 26 points in the first half. For the game, Matthias was 10-for-12 from the floor and seven of her 17 boards were offensive rebounds. Sophomore Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.), who was named to the America East All-Rookie Team last year, netted 18 points, going 3-for-5 from three-point land.
Istrobanka was led by Zuzana Kozacikova with 22 points.
UNH was down 11, 60-49, with 7:56 to play, before going on a 18-6 run to take a 67-66 lead with 2:14 to play. Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) netted a pair of free throws to cap the run. Istrobanka responded, taking a 72-67 lead with 59 seconds to play on a Silvia Borcinova basket. A layup by freshman Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) with 46 seconds left cut the lead to three.
The guests would turn the ball over with 24 seconds to play when Lucia Borcinova committed an offensive foul. Hardy would be fouled on the UNH possession, and make one of two free throws to cut the lead to 72-70. Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) would come up with a steal and layup on the inbounds to tie the game with 11 seconds on the clock.
With two seconds to play, Kozaccikova hit a 12-foot jumper to give her team a 74-72 lead. The 'Cats desperation heave fell short to give the guests the win.
The Wildcats open up the regular season Friday, November 22, when UNH hosts Manhattan in a 7 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.