WOMEN’S HOOPS UPENDS MAINE, 70-55, IN FIRST CONFERENCE WIN
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DURHAM, N.H.
– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team set a school record for 3-pointers in a single game with 12 in a 70-55 victory over the University of Maine on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia
Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) has now recorded back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and 11 rebounds and was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also provided an offensive spark with a team-high 21 points and five assists for the Wildcats, who capture their first conference win of the season and improve to 4-14, 1-5 in America East.  With the loss Maine falls to 5-15, 2-5 in the conference.

New Hampshire jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, on 3-pointers by Cerniglia and Simpson, and never looked back. The Wildcats held the Black Bears to just two points in the first five minutes of action and to just four in the final five minutes of the first half, taking a 23-point lead, 44-21, into the locker room at the break. The home team, who shot 50 percent from the floor in the first, had nine 3-pointers in the opening frame alone, shooting 56.3 percent from 3-point land. Simpson and Cerniglia torched the nets from beyond the arc in the first half as they both recorded four trifectas. Simpson and Cerniglia finished the opening frame with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

The Wildcats gained a 25-point lead, 51-26, their largest of the game, at 15:06 on a Cerniglia 3-pointer.  Maine’s second half charge was led by Colleen Kilmurray with 10 points, which got the Black Bears as close as 13 points, 66-53, with just over one minute remaining. Kilmurray finished with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) chipped in with 10 points for the Wildcats. With 1:44 remaining sophomore guard Jenny McDade (Derry, N.H.) drained a 3-pointer to break the Wildcats’ record for most 3-pointers in a single game with 12. New Hampshire was one shy of the school’s record for most trifectas attempted in a game with 34 on the evening.

New Hampshire will travel to UMBC this weekend to face the Retrievers on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Wildcats return home Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they host Stony Brook.
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