URHAM, N.H.- Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) posted 15 points for the Wildcats, but a 22-point effort from Hartford’s Danielle Hood propelled the Hawks past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 54-45, Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    With the loss, New Hampshire falls to 8-14, 3-7 in conference action. League leading, Hartford, improves to 16-7 and 9-1 in the America East.
    UNH battled to stay with the Hawks for much of the first half, gaining a one-point lead six times in the first eight minutes of play. America East Player of the Game, Hood, hit a jumper to put the Hawks on top for good (10-9) with 11:32 remaining,. She then went on to score the next 10 points for Hartford. The Hawks entered the locker room with a seven-point lead at the half (29-22).
    The Wildcats got as close as six points early in the second half (25-31) but a 15-8 Hawks’ run gave Hartford its largest lead of the game, 13 points (46-33), with 6:42 to play. UNH went on a 6-2 run with under four minutes to play to get within seven points (48-41) with 1:20 remaining. Solid free throw shooting down the stretch from Hartford put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.  
    Edwards was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats and recorded a season-high seven field goals to go along with seven assists in the game. She also led the team with seven rebounds. Freshman Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) had a solid effort for the Wildcats with eight points and five boards.
    The Wildcats return to action Wed., Feb. 14 when they travel to face the Seawolves of Stony Brook. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
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