DURHAM, N.H.-- Freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) recorded her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was defeated at the University at Albany on Saturday evening, 73-54, at the Recreation and Convocation Center.
The Great Danes (7-12 overall, 4-6 America East) took the lead for good at the 13:21 mark of the first half on a free throw by Alicia Learn that made the score 16-15 in favor of the home team. The Wildcats (9-10 overall, 5-5 America East) kept it close and cut the lead to just one point (23-22) with 8:34 remaining before the half on a big three-pointer by sophomore guard Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario). However, Albany put together a 15-6 run in the final 6:07 of the first half to open up a 10-point lead at the intermission (38-28).
The Wildcats stayed in the game early in the second stanza and closed the gap to five points (40-35) on a layup by Williams, as the Wildcats outscored Albany in the first four minutes (7-2).
But it was all Albany down the final stretch as the Great Danes outscored UNH 19-8 from 9:55 until 1:38 remaining in the contest giving the home team a 20 point advantage, 70-50.
In addition to the 12 points by Williams, junior guard Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) contributed 11 points, while freshman forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) added 10 points.
Albany was led in scoring by Danielle Hutcheson, who led all scorers with 24 points, while also grabbing 11 rebounds. The Great Danes had four players in double digit scoring.
Accurate shooting was the key for the Great Danes, who hit 29-61 shots from the field for a percentage of .475, while UNH shot 20-56, .357. The Wildcats outrebounded the home team by a 41-33 margin.
The UNH women's basketball team returns home on Wed. Feb. 11, when the squad entertains the first-place squad in America East, Maine. Game time is 7 p.m.. in Lundholm Gymnasium.