WILDCAT WOMEN CAGERS SURGE AHEAD LATE FOR 63-52 WIN OVER VERMONT

DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) recorded her second double-double in as many games with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 63-52 victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon in Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, now 8-7 overall and 4-2 in America East, trailed from the 18:26 mark of the first half until 7:48 of the second stanza when Matthias tied the contest for the first time (46-46) with a layup. Both teams were scoreless until 5:01 when Matthias scored another layup to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game (48-46). Vermont would not go away and tied it again, 48-48, on a jumper by Theresa Larocque with 4:06 to go, but it was Matthias once again regaining the lead for UNH, this time for good, as she hit a pair of free throws. Matthias' points from the charity stripe sparked the game-winning 14-2 run that gave the squad the 63-52 victory. The play of Matthias and freshman guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) was key down the stretch as Matthias chipped in six points during the run and Edwards had five, including a key a three-pointer with 1:14 to play that gave the Wildcats a 56-50 lead. UNH hit eight straight free throws down the stretch to ice the victory.

The Catamounts (7-7 overall, 1-5 America East) took control in the first half and, following a 12-2 run, led by as many as 14 points (33-19) with 1:00 left before the intermission. Vermont led at halftime (33-22) but UNH outscored the visitors in the second half by a an impressive 41-19 margin for the win.

Including the 16 points scored by Matthias, UNH had three players score in double figures, as Edwards poured in 10 points as did sophomore guard Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Vermont was led in scoring by Katie McNamara, who had 16 points, while Aaron Yantzi and Lani Boardman chipped in 14 points apiece.

Looking at the team numbers, UNH shot 37.3 percent from the floor, while Vermont hit 35.1 percent of its field goals. The teams were close in rebounding as the visitors outrebounded the home team by one, 42-41. The key difference in the game was the fact that UNH hit six three-pointers to Vermont's three and UNH made 13-20 free throws as compared to 9-12 by the Catamounts.

The Wildcats have two more games remaining in their three-game home stand. On Tuesday, Jan. 27 the squad will entertain first-place Hartford at 7 p.m. Then the Wildcats will play again in Lundholm vs. Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 31. Game time is at 12 p.m., rather than the usual tipoff at 1 p.m.

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