CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – Juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, but a 19-point, 14-rebound effort by Carolyn Swords allowed for a 85-43 Boston College victory on Tuesday evening at Conte Forum.
Swords scored the first four points of the contest and the Eagles went ahead by eight points, 10-2, with 16:37 left in the opening frame. New Hampshire cut the deficit to five, 10-5, on a 3-pointer by Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.). Hall, who went 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the foul line, finished with five points in the game.
The Eagles, who led by as many as 20 points (38-18) with 2:19 remaining in the first half, took a 16-point lead (36-22) into the locker room at the half. Swords scored 13 of her 19 points, on 6 of 8 shooting, during the opening stanza. Thirty of the Eagles 38 points came from inside the paint during the first half.
With15:47 left in the game and the score 46-28, Simpson drained a trey and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) swiped the ball from the defense and broke away for a fast-break layup to get within 13 points (46-33) with 15:27 left.
The Eagles then went on a 14-0 run and made it 60-33 on a trifecta by Brittanny Johnson with 11:23 remaining. With the score 66-40 at 6:17, Boston College went on another large run to make put the game out of reach, 79-41, with 2:13 left to play. Johnson finished the game with 11 points and six steals. Also tallying 11 points for the Eagles’ was Jaclyn Thoman.
The Wildcats return home as they host the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday, Dec. 14. Gametime at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 1 p.m.