PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team was defeated by Providence College, 73-41 Friday evening at Mullaney Gymnasium. With their fifth straight loss, the Wildcats fall to 3-8 on the season, while the Friars improve to 9-3.
New Hampshire held the advantage for the majority of the first half and led by as many as five points with 4:52 remaining, however the Friars held the Wildcats scoreless for the final four minutes and 50 seconds to take a 31-25 lead at halftime. Freshman Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) hit two free-throws then hit back-to-back shots to finish the half with six points. Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also finished the first half with six points to go along with six rebounds.
The Friars continued on their run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first seven minutes and 27 seconds of the second half. New Hampshire ended the scoring drought with two successful free-throws by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) at 12:33 of the second half. Williams, who went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe, finishing the game with 11 points. The 19-point lead that the Friars gathered during their 24-0 run was too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
Simpson finished the game with seven points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks, while senior Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) had a team-high 12 points in the game for the Wildcats