WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to the University of Hartford, 74-44, in front of 2,488 at Chase Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats drop to 6-16, 3-7 in the America East with the loss, while the Hawks improve to 19-5, 9-2 in conference action. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led New Hampshire in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Wildcats were down 8-2 early on and got within five points (10-5) with 12:42 in the first half. However, a 12-0 run put Hartford up by 17 points (22-5) with just over 10 minutes left in the first. The Hawks’ run included three consecutive 3-pointers by Mary-Lynne Schaefer. She scored all of her 13 points in the first half of action. Hartford, who led by as many is 28 points in the opening frame and took a 24 point lead, 41-17, into the locker room at the half.
The Hawks, who had four players in double-figures, continued the scoring the second half as they pulled ahead by 30 points (60-30) halfway through the period. Redshirt freshman Althena Gaines (Glassboro, N.J.) posted a career-high six points for the Wildcats, to go along with two boards, an assist and a steal. The Wildcats had all 12 players pull down at least one rebound and outrebounded the Hawks, 46-45. Williams delivered nine of her 12 points in the final frame. Diana Delva, who delivered 12 second-half points, led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points. Danielle Hood and Mary Silva were the other two Hawk players to finish double-figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 19 when the Wildcats play host to the Vermont Catamounts. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information CLICK HERE.