DURHAM, N.H.- Four players posted double figures to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a comeback victory over New Brunswick, 79-72, in an exhibition game Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
In the first half New Brunswick’s Katelyn Springer went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to lead the Varsity Reds to a 10-point halftime lead, 46-36. Springer finished the game with five 3-pointers to total a team-high 21 points in the game.
The Wildcats turned the game around, going on a 22-11 run to take the lead midway through the second half. Freshman guard Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.) stole the ball in the Varsity Reds’ zone and passed it up to Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) at half court. Simpson then fed the ball to freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), who layed the ball in on the fast break to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 58-57, at 10:50.
New Hampshire continued the run, taking a game-high 11-point lead on a 3-pointer by Beliveau with 6:44 remaining in action. Beliveau was just one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing the game with 12 points and nine boards for the Wildcats.
Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the team in scoring with 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Sophomores Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Simpson were the other two scorers in double digits, finishing with 13 and 10, respectively. Simpson and Larsen both tallied a team-high five assists, while Cerniglia dished out four in the game.
The Wildcats open up the season Tuesday, Nov. 13 when they host the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University. Tip-off at Lundholm is scheduled for 7 p.m.