DURHAM, N.H. - Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scored a career-high 25 points, including the first 12 Wildcat points of overtime, to lead New Hampshire to a 75-73 victory over in-state rival Dartmouth Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
After the Wildcats went down by four points two minutes into overtime, Clark made four free throws to tie the game at 65. After a Angie Soriaga jumper gave the Big Green the lead again, Clark rattled in a three-pointer from the left corner to give UNH the lead for good, plus she made five of her next six free throw attempts to keep the Wildcats ahead.
The second half was extremely close throughout, as there were seven ties and the biggest lead by either team was four points. With less than two minutes remaining, Dartmouth had a four point lead, but Clark hit three free throws and Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) took a pass from Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) and put it in to give UNH a 61-60 lead with 26 seconds left.
Dartmouth's Ashley Taylor was fouled by Poulin and made one of her two free throw attempts to tie the game with four seconds left. The Wildcats advanced the ball to about 30 feet from the goal, where Clark took a shot that hit the side of the basket, forcing overtime.
Clark went 12-of-14 from the free throw line in scoring 22 points in the second half and overtime. Adams, playing for the first time in almost a year, scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) played 41 minutes, scoring 12 points, dishing out seven assists, grabbing four rebounds, and earning two steals.
Although she did not score any points, Poulin made a significant contribution to the victory, leading the team with nine rebounds and contributing six assists. The Wildcats scored 11 of their 14 overtime points from the free throw line, hitting 21-of-29 shots (72.4%) from the charity stripe in the game.
Without top player Elise Morrison, the Big Green received scoring contributions from Soriaga, who scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Sydney Scott, who added 16 points but played only 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Jeannie Cullen and Fatima Kamara each scored 11 points for Dartmouth (0-1).
New Hampshire (1-0) will look to continue the momentum from this win Monday night, as Quinnipiac comes to town for a 7 p.m. game at Lundholm Gymnasium.