DURHAM, N.H. - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) registered 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 59-46 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. New Hampshire snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory and improved to 2-4 while the Panthers dropped to 3-5 on the season.
Freshman Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) was the other Wildcat in double figures, as she registered 13 points on 4-6 shooting from the floor and 4-5 shooting from the free throw line. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) finished with nine points, while Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) and Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) each finished with eight points. Woods also recorded a career-high seven steals.
Molly O'Brien led Wisconsin-Milwaukee with 10 points, while Maria Viall, who came into the game with a 21.1 points per game average, finished with seven points while grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds.
The game was tied at 39 with 5:49 left when UNH embarked on an 12-1 run capped by a made free throw by Edwards with 2:42 left. Woods got the run started when she drained a three from the left corner. After an O'Brien free throw, Clark pushed the lead to five with a conventional three-point play off an offensive rebound with 4:02 to play. An Edwards basket and a trifecta by Johnson with 3:14 remaining pushed the lead to 10. UWM cut the lead to nine twice but couldn't get closer.
UNH opened the game on a 17-2 run capped by a Johnson basket with 12:32 remaining in the first half. The visitors responded with an 11-0 run capped by a Nichole Drummond basket with 7:32 left to cut the lead to four. The two teams would trade baskets the remainder of the half and UNH went into the locker room with a 26-20 lead.
The Wildcats limited Wisconsin-Milwaukee to 25.8% shooting for the game as the Panthers converted just 16 of 62 field goal attempts. UNH also recorded 16 steals. The 'Cats also shot 66.7% from three-point range, draining six of their nine long-range attempts.
New Hampshire returns to action December 28 when it travels to St. Francis (N.Y.). The next Wildcat home game is December 30 when UNH hosts Southern Methodist University in a 7:00 contest at Lundholm Gymnasium.