Ashley Cerniglia

BOSTON -- Five players scored in double figures for the University of New Hampshire as the Wildcats shot 51.9 percent from the field in defeating the Boston University Terriers, 83-71, Wednesday night in America East women's basketball action at Case Gymnasium.

UNH was consistent from the field, knocking down 14-of-27 field goal attempts in each half. The Wildcats, winning for the first time at Case Gym in four years, also excelled at the foul line, making 20-of-22 free throw attempts, including the final 13 in a row in the last six minutes of the game to keep the Terriers at a comfortable distance.

The Wildcats went on a 12-2 run over a six-minute span late in the first half to open a 36-23 lead. Boston University (12-7, 5-3 America East) scored the next eight points to cut the UNH lead to five, but the Wildcats came right back, outscoring Boston University 9-2 to go up 45-33 early in the second half. The Terriers came as close as 55-51 down with 11:22 remaining in the second half, but UNH scored seven of the next eight points and never looked back.

Three players scored 18 points for the Wildcats. Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) hit four three-pointers and finished 6-of-8 from the field, while Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) went 6-of-11 from the field, including two three-pointers, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Coming off the bench, Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) shot 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, plus pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots.

Senior Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out four assists in the victory. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) contributed ten points and six rebounds as the Wildcats won the rebounding battle, 38-32.

Katie Meinhardt led the Terriers with 16 points, with Erica Kovach scoring 15 points and Rachael Vanderwal contributing 14 points and seven rebounds. Jesyka Burks-Wiley came off the bench and scored 11 points, while Cheri Raffo added eight points, five rebounds, and five assists. Boston University shot only 37.9 percent from the field (25-of-66).

The 83 points was the most scored by the Wildcats since the 2003-04 season opener, when UNH defeated St. Bonaventure, 86-85, on November 25, 2003. The team reached the 80-point mark on the road for the first time since defeating Towson, 88-67, on January 18, 1997.

New Hampshire (12-7, 4-4 America East) begins the second half of the conference season in Baltimore against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. The Wildcats defeated the Retrievers on January 4, 68-61, at Lundholm Gym. The next home game for UNH is Thursday, February 9, against Binghamton at 7 p.m. For more information on that and all remaining home games, go online to www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.

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