DURHAM, N.H. – Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), with 16 points, was one of three Wildcats to score in double-figures as she propelled the University of New Hampshire Wildcats to a 66-54 victory over the University at Albany Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) joined Williams in double-figures as they scored 18 and 12 points, respectively. Simpson tallied five assists and three rebounds. To go along with her career high in points, Early added six rebounds and four assists.
In addition to her 16 points, Williams finished the afternoon with nine rebounds and a block, earning her America East Player of the Game in the contest.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 5-14, and 3-2 in America East action, while the Great Danes fall to 3-15, 1-4 AE.
Trailing 33-30 coming into the second half, the Wildcats turned up the heat on the Great Danes as they opened up the frame with a 13-4 run sparked by a Williams jumper at 19:37.
With the run the Wildcats would manage to take their first lead in nearly 14 minutes of action on a 3-pointer from Williams at 18:16. However, their lead was short lived as Janea Aiken would strike back with a basket on Albany’s ensuing possession to even the score at 37-37.
UNH would jump out to a six-point advantage on a Simpson jumper at 15:40 to make the score 43-37. However, the lead wasn’t enough to quiet the Great Danes as they fought back once again with a 5-0 run capped with an Aiken jumper.
Following the run, the Wildcats would respond with a 12-4 charge, which was sparked by a jumper by Early. From there, the Wildcats would continue to pad their lead late in the half, building their advantage to as many as 15 points (64-49) with 3:31 remaining, putting away any potential comeback by the visitors.
The early portion of the first half was a back-and-forth affair between the squads with no team leading by more than four points. Late in the period, the Great Danes would hold the biggest lead of the game as jumped out to a seven-point lead (21-14) on an Aiken jumper at 8:36.
Every player on the New Hampshire team pulled down at least two boards as the Wildcats outrebounded its opponent, 37-36. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) totaled three blocks to go along with five rebounds in the game for the Wildcats.
Janea Aiken, the America East Player of the Game for the Great Danes, led the visitors with 14 points and four rebounds. Britney McGee also chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds and a steal.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. when they travel to take on the Binghamton Bearcats at the SEFCU Arena.