Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) led the the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team with 16 points and seven rebounds but it was not enough as Detroit held off the Wildcats 54-50 in the first round of the Lady Luck Classic at Cassell Coliseum on Thursday evening.
The Wildcats (4-6 overall) led the contest with 3:09 to play after a layup by Clark, but but Detroit (3-9) took the lead for good on a huge three-point shot by Joyce Massey that gave her team a 52-50 advantage with 2:19 to play. A pair of free throws by Zemora Davis with 14 seconds to play iced the victory and made it 54-50.
The teams played to a total of 11 ties in the contest and the lead changed hands an amazing 18 times. UNH trailed for most of the second half and led by has many as five points with 2:11 to play before the half after a made free throw by senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.). In addition the largest lead of the contest for Detroit was also five points with 7:55 to go in the game.
The Wildcats shot 31.3 percent from the floor (13-48) as compared to a mark of 41.3 percent by Detroit (19-46). and UNH shot just 64 percent from the charity stripe (16-25).
In addition to the 16 points by Clark, sophomore forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) and Edwards each scored nine points for the Wildcats and Edwards also led the way defensively with four steals on the evening.
The Wildcats will return to action on Friday taking on the loser of Game No. 2 which features the host school Virginia Tech and Winston-Salem State. Game time is to be determined as Virginia Tech will play at 7 p.m. regardless of the outcome of its first game. If Winston Salem State loses to Virginia Tech, UNH will play at 4:30 p.m.vs. the Rams.
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