DURHAM, N.H.-- Sophomore guard Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a three-pointer off an assist by sophomore guard Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) with 5.3 seconds to play in the contest to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a thrilling 63-62 victory Tuesday night over Southern Methodist University at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (4-4) put together a furious comeback late in the second half, outscoring the visitors 13-1 in the final 3:48 of the contest, with five of the points coming from Woods, who hit two free throws to start the run and hit the big three to win the game.
SMU's Sarah Davis had a chance to tie the game, but missed a short jumper with one second left. Hardy then stole the SMU inbounds pass to run out the clock and clinch the victory.With the loss the Mustangs fall to 4-5.
Behind strong second-half shooting by the Wildcats, UNH outscored the visitors by a 38-19 margin in the second stanza and shot 14x28 from the floor for a shooting percentage of 50 percent.
SMU controlled the lead for most of the first half and held its biggest advantage of the contest at the intermission, 43-25. The Mustangs built the 18-point lead late in the half, outscoring UNH 23-4 in the final 8:54 of the opening stanza. UNH held a 21-20 lead prior to that spurt.
The Wildcats were led in scoring and rebounding by senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.). who had her 15th double-double in her last 16 games played. She finished with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. Also scoring in double-digits for UNH was Hardy with 11 points, three assists and two steals.
Leading the way for the visitors was Kendall Shead, who had 13 points, while Kim Walter chipped in 10.
Looking at the team statistics, everything was evenly matched, as UNH edged SMU in rebounding (38-37) and both teams shot exactly 40.7 percent from the floor.
The Wildcats will play their next contest at home on Saturday, Jan. 3 vs. Colgate University. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.