Ray Williams

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - After a close first half, the Hartford Hawks pulled away from the New Hampshire Wildcats in the second half, scoring twice as many points as the visitors after halftime to win their ninth consecutive game, 65-42, Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at the Chase Family Arena.

Hartford (15-2, 7-0 America East) outscored New Hampshire 38-19 in the second half, led by Erika Messam, Ikea Witt, and Erica Beverly, who each scored nine points in the second half. For the game, Witt shot 6-of-7 from the field to lead all players with 16 points, while Messam contributed 11 points and six rebounds and Beverly added nine points and nine rebounds to the winning effort.

Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led the Wildcats with 12 points, and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Onatrio) scored seven points off the bench. UNH committed 21 turnovers, was outrebounded by Hartford, 37-29, and shot only 34.8 percent (16-of-46) from the field, including 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from the three-point line.

New Hampshire (10-7, 2-4 America East) looks to get back on the winning track Saturday, January 28, against the Vermont Catamounts at Lundholm Gym.

The game, which begins at 1 p.m., is part of "New Hampshire Basketball Day," and ticket information is available online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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