DURHAM, N.H.-- Emily Braseth scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Colgate University to a 74-64 victory over the University of New Hampshire in non-conference women's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
The game remained close early and UNH (4-5) eventually took a 20-18 lead on a jumper by freshman guard Salee-Marie Johnson with 12:11 to go in the first half. However , it was all Raiders after that as the visitors went on a 14-2 run from 10:54 to the 4:00 mark of the first half to take a 34-24 advantage. Colgate (7-4), led by as many as 12 points in the opening stanza and went into the intermission leading 40-33.
In the second half, Colgate led the entire way and the closest the Wildcats could get was within five points (47-42) following a jumper by Whitney Edwards with 16:23 remaining.
The Raiders took a 13-point lead at 68-55 on a layup by Milaina Lagzdins with 5:31 left for their largest margin of the contest.
UNH was led in scoring and rebounding by senior center Maren Matthias who finished the afternoon with a team-high 23 points and eight rebounds. She also posted three blocks and had two steals. Johnson finished the afternoon with a career-high 15 points in 25 minutes of action and sophomore guard Kate Poulin rounded out the double digit scorers for the Wildcats with 10 points on the night.
In addition to the 23 points by Braseth for Colgate, Melissa Burke scored 14 points for the visitors and Chigozie Ozor scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 11 boards.
Looking at the team numbers, UNH shot well from the floor (25-48, .521), but committed 31 turnovers in the contest. Colgate outrebounded UNH by a 38-32 margin and shot .437 from the floor (31-71).
The Wildcats will play their third consecutive home game on Wed., Jan. 7, when they play their America East Conference opener vs. Albany. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.