DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) had a key three-pointer and totaled 11 points and seven rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire to Friday night's 47-43 win over Manhattan in women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game was the season opener for both schools.
Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) also had 11 points off the bench for UNH, while Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) dished out five assists for the 'Cats.
Rosalee Mason was the only Manhattan player in double figures, as she netted 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Lady Jaspers.
With the game tied at 41 after Christine Bach nailed a jumper for the Lady Jaspers with 1:52 to play, Danen hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:14 remaining to give the 'Cats a 44-41 lead. Manhattan would turn the ball over on its next possession and a pair of free throws by Mullen with 35 seconds left gave UNH a 46-41 lead.
Another Bach basket with 22 seconds to play cut New Hampshire's lead to 46-43. Manhattan fouled Matthias on the inbounds and she failed to convert the front end of a one-and-one, but Lindsay Adams (Geneva, N.Y.) would come up with a steal and get fouled. Her free throw with five seconds remaining sealed the win for the 'Cats.
UNH went 11-for-22 from the field in the second half to overcome a 25-19 halftime deficit, while limiting the visitors to 21.2% shooting in the second half and 26.2% for the game. The Wildcats were down as many as 11, 23-12, with 6:21 remaining in the first half. However, UNH did not allow a Lady Jasper field goal for the next 8:59 to climb back into the contest.
New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday (Nov. 26) when it travels to Marist for a 7 p.m. game. The next UNH home game is Saturday, November 30, when the 'Cats host intrastate rival Dartmouth in a 2 p.m. game at Lundholm Gymnasium.