DURHAM, N.H. -- Stony Brook University junior Sidney Orndorff hit a basket with 28 seconds remaining in the game as the Seawolves held off a late rally by the University of New Hampshire for a 72-69 victory over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon in America East women's basketball action at Lundholm Gym.
Stony Brook (9-5, 2-1 America East) held a 64-55 lead with five minutes left in the second half, but UNH stormed back. A traditional three-point play by Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) and three-pointers by Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) brought the Wildcats within two (68-66) with 2:24 remaining.
Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) cut the Stony Brook lead to one with a free throw, then pulled down the offensive rebound off an Adams missed three-pointer, drew a foul, and made both free throws to give the Wildcats their first lead since early in the second half (69-68). Orndorff received a pass from Dana Ferraro and put in the basket to give Stony Brook the lead, and then Orndorff and Ferraro each made a free throw in the final 13 seconds to establish the final score.
Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats, led by Clark with 14 points. Adams scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Williams contributed 12 points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots. Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) hit three shots from behind the three-point line to add 11 points and four assists, while Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) also hit three three-pointers on her way to a ten-point effort.
Edwards finished the game with seven points, four rebounds, and five assists. The Wildcats shot 40.7 percent from the field, including 41.7 percent from the three-point line, and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Stony Brook shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 53.6 percent from the field in the second half.
Jessica Smith led the Seawolves with 22 points, 16 of them in the second half, as she passed the 1,000-point mark for her career during the game. Orndorff finished the game with 17 points, three assists, and two steals, and Mykeema Ford, who along with Orndorff played the entire game, contributed 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocked shots. Dana Ferraro, the leading rebounder in America East coming into the game, earned a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Seawolves outrebounded the Wildcats, 37-33.
New Hampshire (9-5, 1-2 America East) will look to break this three-game losing streak Wednesday, January 18, against the University of Maine beginning at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gym. For ticket information on this and all remaining UNH women's basketball home games go online and visit www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.