Box Score

– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 59-47, Saturday afternoon in the last home game of the season. Freshman Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) lead the Wildcats in scoring with a career-high 13 points. The guard, who also had a career best in steals (3), was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.
    The loss marks the Wildcats sixth straight and drops their record to 6-20, 3-11 in America East action. The Bearcats improve to 11-16 including 9-5 in the conference with the win.
    With the score 7-5 in favor of Binghamton early on, the Bearcats went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-point lead (17-7) on a 3-pointer by Muffy Sadler at 12:54. The Wildcats clawed back, getting as close as five points (17-12) with 11:16 remaining, but Binghamton pulled ahead once again, taking an 11-point lead (23-12) after a 6-0 run. New Hampshire battled back from a 12-point deficit (27-15), holding the Bearcats scoreless for the final four minutes of the opening frame to get within three at the half (27-24). Williams drained a trifecta with 3:48 left in the half to begin a 9-0 Wildcat run and added six points during the end of the half surge. She finished the half with nine points and three steals. 
    The Wildcats could not carry their momentum into the second half, however, as the squad went 0-14 from the field to open up the final frame, which gave Binghamton its largest led of the game (41-27) with 10:40 remaining. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ended the scoring drought as she converted on an old-fashioned three point play to make it 41-30 with 10:25 left to play. The forward finished the game with nine points, 10 rebounds, five steals and a career-high six assists. Beliveau then drained a 3-pointer, which was followed by a trifecta by Williams to cut the deficit to nine points (45-36) with 8:47 remaining.
    The Bearcats were flawless from the foul line in the second half (10-of-10), which kept the game out of reach for the Wildcats. Laine Kurpniece drained six free throws in less than two minutes to give Binghamton a 13-point advantage (55-42) with 3:48 left to play. Kurpniece finished the game with 10 points for the Bearcats. Also posting in double-figures was Erica Carter who led the visitors in scoring, 12 and rebounding, six. Carter, who was selected as Binghamton’s America East Player of the Game, also dished out four steals and recorded four steals in the game. Though Binghamton outrebounded the Wildcats, 39-32, New Hampshire had twice the number of offensive boards as its opponent (12-6).
    The Wildcats will travel to Maine to face the Black Bears on Wednesday, Mar. 5.
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