DURHAM, N.H. - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) tied a career high with 23 points and also grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Saturday afternoon's 76-68 win over previously unbeaten Dartmouth College at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH improves to 2-1 on the season.
Besides Matthias, who also had five steals, Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) registered a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats, draining four three-pointers, while Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) came up with 11 points off the bench. The Big Green (3-1) were led by Katharine Hanks, who netted 19 of her 23 points in the second half.
In a second half that saw 11 lead changes, Dartmouth took a 67-66 lead with 1:21 remaining on a basket by Hanks. On their next possession, the Wildcats responded with a three-pointer by Colleen Mullen (Chelmsford, Mass.) from the top of the key with 54 ticks on the clock to give New Hampshire a 70-68 lead. The Big Green would come up empty on their next possession and two free throws by Mullen with 28 seconds to go sealed the win for UNH.
After trailing 36-30 at halftime, Dartmouth scored two quick baskets by Hanks to cut the lead to two. From there, neither side would lead by more than four points until the closing moments. UNH took a 62-58 lead with 4:57 to play on an Adams trifecta but a Shannon O'Donnell three for Dartmouth cut that lead to one 45 seconds later.
UNH outrebounded Dartmouth 45-31 for the contest, including an 18-9 advantage on the offensive glass. The Wildcats have now beaten their intrastate rivals three straight times.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, December 4, when UNH travels to Big East member Georgetown for an 8 p.m. contest. The next New Hampshire home game is Saturday, December 7, when the 'Cats host Massachusetts in a 1 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.