BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team was lead by freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) with 18 points and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 13, but a 21-point night for May Kotsopoulos lifted the University of Vermont to a 72-64 win Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 3-13, 0-4 in America East, while the Catamounts improve to 13-5, 4-1 in the conference.
With the Catamounts up 7-2 early on, the Wildcats responded by holding Vermont to just one point in over eight minutes of action, going on an 17-1 run to take their first lead of the game (8-7) at 13:15 of the first half. Carried by a nine-point first half effort by Cernilgia, New Hampshire led by as many as nine points, 17-8, with 9:33 remaining in the opening frame. The Wildcats trailed by just one point at the break, 27-26.
To open-up the second half, the Wildcats battled to keep the score close, but a 8-2 Catamount run gave the home team a seven point lead, 48-41, with 12:08 remaining. Freshman Tonya Young went in for the Catamounts and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Vermont an 13-point lead, 60-47, with 8:17 left to play. Candace Williams delivered seven straight points to help bring the Wildcats within seven points, 65-58, with 2:01 remaining. Solid free-throw shooting down the stretch by Kotsopoulos and Courtnay Pilypaitis kept the game out of reach for the Wildcats. Pilypaitis, who scored just seven points in the first half, finished the night with 19 points.
Led by eight rebounds by both Candace Williams and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) and team total of 14 offensive rebounds, the Wildcats to outrebound its opponent, 39-30.
The Wildcats return home to host the Terriers of Boston University on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is noon. Tickets are still available, for more information CLICK HERE.