HANOVER, N.H. – Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points for her third double-double of the season, but two Dartmouth players posted double-doubles to carry the Big Green past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 67-52, on Wednesday evening at Leede Arena. With the loss the Wildcats drop to 3-10, while the Big Green improve to 4-9.
Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led all scorers with 16 points, while senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) with 13 points, was the third Wildcat player scoring in double figures. Betsy Williams led the Big Green in scoring with 17 points, while Brittney Smith (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Sydney Scott (12 points, 17 rebounds) each had double-doubles.
Candace Williams delivered four straight points to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead to start the game, but five in a row from Dartmouth’s Sydney Scott put the Big Green ahead, 5-4, at 18:48. The Dartmouth advantage was short lived as New Hampshire drained three straight shots from beyond the arc to take a 13-7 lead with 13:11 remaining. Simpson hit two of those 3-pointers and finished the half with 11 points for New Hampshire. The Wildcats continued to hold the lead for much of the first half and were up by as many as nine points (17-8) with 12:06 left in the first half. Dartmouth’s Sydney Scott had nine first half point and hit a jumper at 2:18 to give the Big Green a 25-24 lead. The Wildcats found themselves down by just one-point lead, 27-26, at the half.
The Big Green drew first in the second half to make, 29-26. Cerniglia drained a 3-pointer to even the score (29-29) then Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) hit a jumper to put the Wildcats on top, 30-29, with 16:26 remaining. Dartmouth got back ahead, but Simpson sunk her fourth 3-pointer of the game to give New Hampshire the lead once again, 33-32. Cerniglia posted 13 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half, but a five-minute Wildcat scoring drought allowed for the Big Green to pull ahead by as many as 15 points, 62-47, with 2:31 remaining.
The Wildcats were outrebounded, 46-31, and 17 offensive boards allowed for 29 second-chance points for the Big Green.
The Wildcats return home and to America East action Wednesday, Jan. 16 when they host the Hartford Hawks. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m. Tickets are still available, for more information visit www.unhwildcats.com.