DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore guard Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) posted a team-high 13 points with six rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (3-5) past the Colgate Raiders (1-7), 52-44, in women’s basketball non-conference action played at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Both teams struggled out of the gate on the offensive side of the floor as UNH shot 9-of-23 (39.1%), while the Raiders shot 8-of-24 (33.3%) in the first half. The Wildcats closed out the first stanza with a 6-2 run with 3:09 remaining on a Flowers jumped from ten feet out. UNH held the 25-18 advantage heading into halftime.
In the second half, both teams began to settle into an offensive rhythm with Wildcat senior co-captain Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) leading the charge, scoring all of her ten points in the second half as she made a key three point play with 2:37 remaining to extend the lead to 47-40. The Wildcats notched an 18-of-25 for the game from the charity stripe, including a 5-of-7 effort in the final minute of play to ice the game and give UNH its third win of the season.
Raiders guard Melanie Cargle tallied a game-high 16 points with three steals and Shevorne Martin notched nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Colgate held the slight 37-31 advantages on the glass, while UNH’s stingy defense committed 22 Raider turnovers. UNH’s bench outscored its opponent by a margin of 13-6 as freshman forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) delivered five points and senior forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Flowers was awarded America East Player of the Night for her efforts.
The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday (Dec. 19) when they play host to Northeastern at 7:00 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.