Danielle Clark

DURHAM, N.H. - Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led the University of New Hampshire with 19 points as several players made significant contributions to carry the Wildcats to a 74-58 victory over the Stony Brook Seawolves in America East women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the victory, UNH head coach Sue Johnson reached the 100-win mark, the third coach in UNH history to accomplish the feat. The win also guarantees the Wildcats a share of the conference lead after the first week of the conference season.

Clark went 7-of-10 from the field, including two three-pointers, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to earn her points. Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) contributed 11 points and five rebounds.

Although she did not score many points, Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) did other things to contribute to the victory, dishing out a team-high seven assists and pulling down six rebounds. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) also played a solid game, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing out two assists from the point guard position.

A major factor in the Wildcats' victory was the play of the bench players, especially Clark, sophomore Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) and freshman Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.). Dillon scored nine points, plus led the team with seven rebounds and three steals, while Haines hit two three-pointers on her way to a season-high nine points in 17 minutes of action.

Even though Stony Brook's top two players combined for 32 points, the Wildcats were able to hold the rest of the team in check to pull away with the victory. Jessica Smith earned a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Mykeema Ford, the leading scorer in America East coming into the game, scored 14 points, but shot only 4-of-16 from the field. Ford also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out six assists.

The Wildcats enjoyed one of their best shooting days of the season, hitting 44.1 percent of their field goal attempts, including a season-high 36.8 percent from the three-point line. UNH committed only 12 turnovers while forcing Stony Brook (3-8, 1-1 America East) into 17 turnovers and a 34.4 percent shooting day from the field.

New Hampshire (6-5, 2-0 America East) returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 11, for the traditional rivalry against the Maine Black Bears beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will look to break a nine-game losing streak against the defending conference champions and start the conference season 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

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