BOSTON, Mass. -- The University of New Hampshire came back from a ten-point second half deficit, but Northeastern's Shaleyse Smallwood hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the game to help the Huskies squeak by the Wildcats, 52-47, Sunday afternoon in women's basketball action at Solomon Court.
Down 24-20 with two minutes remaining in the first half, Northeastern (3-3) went on a 17-3 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 37-27 lead. UNH came roaring back, thanks in part to back-to-back three-pointers by Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine). Another three-pointer by Clark with 6:39 left gave the Wildcats a 40-39 lead, and a jumper by Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) put UNH up 42-40 with 5:25 left in the game.
Northeastern senior Quiana Copeland made two consecutve baskets to put the Huskies back on top, 44-42. After Clark made one free throw to cut the Husky lead to one, Smallwood hit a jumper with 2:50 left, then answered a Williams layup with Northeastern's only three-pointer of the game to effectively clinch the game for the home team.
Williams shot 10-of-13 from the field to tie her career high with 20 points, the second time this season she has reached the 20-point mark. The junior forward also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Clark scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds, while Cerniglia pulled down six rebounds and Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with four assists.
Smallwood led all players with 22 points, shot 10-of-16 from the field in the game, and also earned five rebounds and six assists. Copeland contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, and three steals, while Husky senior Maralene Zwarich added eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists.
UNH (6-2) struggled in all aspects of shooting, hitting only 36.0 percent of its field goal attempts (18-of-50) and 50 percent of its free throw attempts (7-of-14). The Wildcats were outrebounded, 40-37, but held Northeastern to 35.0 percent shooting from the field and committed only 12 turnovers in the game.
The Wildcats do not play again until after Christmas, taking a 17-day break to take final exams and spend the holidays with family and friends. UNH is back in action Thursday, December 29, at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic against Towson University beginning at 5 p.m.