WOMEN’S HOOPS DOWNS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ON OPENING NIGHT, 71-59
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DURHAM, N.H.
- Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered a team-high 18 points, leading the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team in a total team effort, past Central Connecticut, 71-59, in the season opener at Lundholm Gymnasium. Eleven players recorded points in the game for Kristin Cole’s first career victory as a head coach.

New Hampshire, up by just two midway through the first half (11-9), went on an 8-0 run to take a 10 point lead (19-9) with 8:11 remaining in the first half of action. The Wildcats, propelled by a 12-point first-half effort by Cerniglia, led by as many as 12 points (30-18) with 46 seconds remaining in the first. Cerniglia nailed four 3-pointers in the first half to help the Wildcats to a nine-point lead at the half (30-22).

The Wildcats continued to build their lead in the second half, going on a 21-9 run to start the second half, which made it 51-30 with 11:13 remaining. Freshman guard Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.)  tallied 13 points in her first collegiate game. Nine of Larsen’s 13 points came in the second half, helping the Wildcats secure the lead and the victory.

With the Wildcats up by 28 points, 65-37, with 4:28 remaining, the Blue Devils went on a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to nine points (67-58) with 24 seconds remaining. The Central Connecticut charge was led by Emily Rose, who went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc, totaling all of her 18 points in the second half. Freshman Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) hit two clutch free throws to go along with a layup down the stretch, shutting the door on the Blue Devils. LaRosa finished with six points in her first collegiate game as a Wildcat.

Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, six from the offensive end, to go along with six points in the game for the Wildcats. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted eight points in her first game as a Wildcat.

This weekend the Wildcats will travel to Tampa for the South Florida Classic. New Hampshire will face host-school University of South Florida at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The team will then play University of Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, Nov. 18.
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