Ashley Cerniglia

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The New Hampshire women's basketball team used the first five minutes of each half to take control of the game and defeat Tennessee State, 66-42, Saturday afternoon in the third place game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats jumped on top 10-0 in the first five minutes of the first half thanks to five points from Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) and four points from Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.). After Tennessee State closed to within eight points at halftime (26-18), UNH outscored the Lady Tigers, 19-5, in the first five minutes of the second half to pull away with the contest.

Freshman Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with 14 points, including three three-pointers, and three blocked shots. Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) each pulled down eight rebounds as the Wildcats outrebounded Tennessee State, 50-35.

Adams finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds, and two steals, Woods contributed nine points, five rebounds, and two steals, and point guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds. All 14 active players saw action for the Wildcats, with Granite State residents Rachel Reilly (Londonderry, N.H.) and Megan Connolly (Nashua, N.H.) each scoring at least one point.

LaKisha Clay led Tennessee State with 18 points, while Leslie Dean grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Tigers. Tennessee State shot only 25.4 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers,

New Hampshire (2-3) returns home for a matchup with Yale University on Wednesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. This will be the first time that UNH head coach Sue Johnson and assistant coach Mary Kalich will face their alma mater while at New Hampshire.

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