NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Despite career efforts by the sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and freshman guard Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Iona College, 92-79, Wednesday evening at the Hynes Athletic Center. Candace scored 18 of her career-high 22 points in the second half of action, while Jacinda posted a career-best 12 points in the games for the Wildcats. New Hampshire out-scored (52-45) and out-rebounded (17-10) its opponent in the second half of action, but a 20-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome. With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 3-6, while the Gaels improve to 4-5 on the season.
Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) hit a lay up to start the game, putting the Wildcats up 2-0 just 16 seconds into the game. The Gaels then went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-2 lead with 17:31 remaining. The run included five points and an assist by Lauren DeFalco. Anna McLean delivered 13 points for the Gaels in the first half, leading her team to a 20-point halftime lead, 27-47.
The Wildcats battled back in the second half, shooting 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the floor. With Iona leading by 28 points (79-51) with 7:42 remaining, New Hampshire went on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to 15 points (81-66) with 4:51 left to play. The Wildcat charge was led by Candace Williams, who delivered seven points in a minute of action. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored all of her eight points to go along with a team-high six rebounds in the game. Simpson sunk a breakaway lay up at the buzzer to finish up a 6-0 New Hampshire run, which brought the Wildcats to within 13, the closest in the second half.
Iona’s Anda Ivkovic finished with a team-high 17 points, while McLean had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Gaels. The Wildcats finished the game with a season-best shooting percentage with 50 percent (30-60) on the night.
New Hampshire returns to action Saturday, Dec. 15 when they travel to face the Huskies of Northeastern.