BURLINGTON, Vt. - Two separate scoring runs by the Vermont Catamounts in the second half proved to be the difference, as the home team held off the New Hampshire Wildcats, 65-57, in women's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium Wednesday evening.
A layup by Kelley Haines (Newtown, Conn.) brought the Wildcats within one at 36-35 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half. However, Vermont hit four three-pointers, two of them by Ashleigh Cuncic, over the next five minutes to increase the lead to 48-37 with eight minutes left in the game.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Haines and two free throws from Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) brought UNH within one once again at 52-51with 3:49 remaining. Vermont senior Lani Boardman took over, scoring 12 of the Catamounts' final 13 points in a 13-4 run to put the game away.
Senior Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) enjoyed a career night, especially at the foul line, going 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in tying her career high with 20 points. Adams also led all Wildcats with eight rebounds, dished out two assists, and earned two steals.
Clark once again came off the bench and made a solid contribution, scoring 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Haines reached double figures for the first time in her young career, scoring ten points.
For Vermont (8-6, 4-1 America East), Boardman led all players with 22 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in her career late in the game. Cuncic scored 12 points and earned four steals, while Tiffany Spinka added ten points, eight rebounds, and five assists to the winning cause.
New Hampshire (7-7, 3-2 America East) hopes to avoid falling further down the conference standings on Saturday when it travels to face the Hartford Hawks beginning at 5 p.m.