WOMEN’S HOOPS SUFFERS HEARTBREAKING LOSS TO BU, 77-75
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DURHAM, N.H. – Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, had a career day and earned her first career double-double, but a shot at the buzzer lifted Boston University past the Wildcats, 77-75, Saturday afternoon. Cerniglia, who was named America East Player of the Game, notched career highs in points (22), rebounds, (12), 3-pointers (6), and assists (5), leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Also earning a double-double – the fourth of the season – was Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) as she posted 14 points and pulled down 11 boards. The Wildcats, still without an America East win, fall to 3-14, 0-4 on the season, while the Terriers improve to 10-8, 3-2.
    New Hampshire pulled out to a 5-0 lead on a 3-pointer by Cerniglia early on, but the Terriers kept it close, tying the game, 13-13, with 12:30 remaining. With the score tied, 20-20 with 8:37 left in the first, Jesyka Burks-Wiley gave the Terriers six straight points and their first lead of the game, 26-20, with 4:08 remaining. The Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to close out the half, taking a 35-29 lead into the locker room at the break. Cerniglia, who set her previous career high against the Terriers last January, had 10 points and eight boards, leading the New Hampshire to a dominating 28-12 edge in rebounds in the first half.
    In the second half, the Terriers tied the game once again, 38-38, at 18:17, but the Wildcats regained the lead, 44-38, on back-to-back 3-pointers by Cerniglia at 17:40. New Hampshire then went on to build an 11-point lead, 56-45, with 12:52 remaining, thanks to an 11-point second-half effort by Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.). The forward finished the game with 18 for the Wildcats. Boston University responded with back-to-back trifectas by Kristi Dini, cutting the deficit to five points, 58-53, with 11:17 to play. Dini finished the game with 14 points for the Terriers.
The Wildcats regained a solid lead, 65-55, when Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) hit a jumper in the paint at 8:13. The sophomore center tied her career high with eight points for the Wildcats. A 7-2 Terrier run put Boston within two points, 67-65, with five minutes left in the game. With 3:41 remaining, Boston University evened the score, 69-69 on a jumper by Christine Kinneary. Williams sunk a layup to put the ‘Cats back on top, 73-71, but the Terriers tied it, 73-73, with 1:13 to play. Williams hit another shot for the Wildcats to make it 75-73 with just under a minute to play. Aly Hinton nailed a shot with 30 seconds left to tie it once again, 75-75. Hinton, the Terriers’ Player of the Game, then got the game-winning layup off her own rebound with 1.5 seconds on the clock. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dished out a career-high seven assists, including five in the second half of action.
New Hampshire, who outrebounded its opponent, 47-29, pulled down 23 offensive boards in the game. 
    The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Jan. 30 when they host the Maine Black Bears. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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