WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UNH women's basketball team forced 24 turnovers from the University at Albany, and four Wildcats scored in double figures to lead UNH to a 68-48 victory over the Great Danes in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament Thursday night at Chase Family Arena.
Albany (14-14) committed 16 turnovers in the first half as the Wildcats, after falling behind 19-17 on a three-pointer by Jen Schumacher, went on a 20-4 run to end the first half up by 14 points. UNH held Albany without a field goal for the final 7:31 of the first half while Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led the Wildcats with eight points during the run.
Clark finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) scored a career-high 14 points, ten of them in a three-minute span in the second half. Of the five baskets in that span, four of them were wide-open layups off solid entry passes by junior Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario), who finished the game with five assists and three steals.
Sophomore point guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) also finished the game with 14 points, plus she earned four rebounds, three assists, and six steals. Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while freshman Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.) hit two three-pointers in the first half on her way to nine points in her first career postseason game.
Schumacher led the Great Danes with 15 points, but also committed five turnovers in the game. Alicia Learn scored 11 points before fouling out, and first team all-conference selection Danielle Hutcheson pulled down a game-high ten rebounds, but was limited to five points in what would become her final collegiate game of her career.
New Hampshire (15-13) advances to the tournament semifinals to face the Hartford Hawks, who squeaked by the Northeastern Huskies in the first game of the evening session. The Hawks swept the Wildcats during the regular season, including a 65-48 victory at this arena on January 19. In the other semifinal game, fourth-seeded Vermont Catamounts, winners over Binghamton Thursday afternoon, face the eighth-seeded Boston University Terriers, who upset top-seeded Maine earlier in the day.
The game between the Wildcats and Hawks will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal, which begins at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast in its entirety on Yahoo, while the UNH Sports Network will once again join the game in progress after the UNH-Northeastern men's hockey game. The New England Sports Network (NESN) will show the game on a tape-delay basis at 1 a.m. Saturday morning.