WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Despite holding the Hartford Hawks scoreless for a ten-minute span in the second half, the New Hampshire Wildcats could not recover from a 13-point halftime deficit, losing 52-38 Friday night in the semifinals of the 2005 America East Women's Basketball Tournament at the Chase Family Arena.
The Wildcats fell behind 27-14 at halftime thanks to 21.4 percent shooting from the field in the first half. UNH went on a 10-0 run in the second half to cut the Hawk lead to four at 33-29, but Hartford scored six consecutive points to increase its lead back to ten points.
Sophomore Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led all players with 14 points, but ten of them came in the first half. Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) came off the bench to contribute seven points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots.
For Hartford (21-8), Ikea Witt led the team with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Tanika Price and Erika Messam each scored nine points, while Danielle Wexler added eight points and five rebounds to the winning effort.
The Hawks move on to the championship game, where they will face eighth-seeded Boston University, which continued its Cinderella run by defeating the Vermont Catamounts in the first semifinal game.
New Hampshire finishes the 2004-05 season with a 15-14 record, notching a winning season for the first time in three years. Everyone is expected to return for the Wildcats in the 2005-06 season as they look to improve on their third-place conference finish.