VESTAL, N.Y.-- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team very nearly overcame a late 10-point deficit but fell short by two points in a 55-53 loss to Binghamton University on Saturday afternoon at The Events Center. The Wildcats were led by freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario), who recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the squad.
UNH (9-12 overall, 5-7 America East) trailed by 10 points with 3:22 to play in the contest. However, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run to tie it 53-53 on a free throw by freshman guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y) with seven seconds to go in the contest. Binghamton's Jen Haubrich then hit a jumper with one second to play to win it for the home team.
Binghamton (12-8, 7-5 overall) led for most of the first half and was up by as many as nine points (29-20) with 31 seconds remaining before the intermission. The Bearcats led at the half by a 29-21 margin. Three Binghamton players scored in double digits led by Rachel Lews with 14 points and nine rebounds. Also scoring in double digits were LealaWegwerth and Jen Blues with 10 points apiece.
In addition to the double-double by Williams, Edwards finished the contest with 10 points for the Wildcats.
UNH outsthot the home team (18-41, .439) as compared to (20-49, .408) by the Bearcats. UNH was also outrebounded, 33-31. UNH went to the free throw line 28 times but made just 11.
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday Feb. 19, vs. UMBC. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.