BALTIMORE, Md.- The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team opened up with a 14 point lead to start the game, but the Retrievers battled back for the 59-51 win on Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena. With the loss the Wildcats drop to 8-16, 3-9 in the America East, while the Retrievers improve to 12-14, 5-8.
The Wildcats got off to a 14-0 run to start the first half, but the run ended on a UMBC 3-pointer, coming at 15:12 of the opening stanza. Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) hit a jumper at 11:28 to give New Hampshire a 19-point lead, its largest lead of the game (25-6). Clark went on the finish the half with 14 points for the Wildcats. New Hampshire shot 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from the field and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line during the first half of action. UMBC scored the final five points of the first half to bring the deficit to just six points at intermission(31-25).
The Retrievers opened up the second half on a 10-0 run, including a 3-pointer to give the Retrievers its first lead of the game at 18:14 (32-31). UMBC held onto the lead by shooting 14-from-27 from the field (51.9 percent). Three Retrievers scored in double-figures, including 14 points from Amanda Robinson.
Clark, finished the game with 21 points and nine rebounds and was named America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. Freshman Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) notched 15 points, including three 3-pointers and six rebounds for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday (Feb. 21) with an away game vs. the Albany Great Danes. Gametime is 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcasted on The UNH Sports Network.