DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a come from behind victory over Northeastern, 70-62, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 2-6 overall and also keep an eight-game home winning-streak intact against the Huskies, as they have not lost to Northeastern at home since the 1998-1999 season. The Huskies fall to 2-5 overall on the young season.
Williams, who shot 7 of 17 from the floor, earned her second double-double of the season and was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.
The early portion of the first half was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads as both the Wildcats and Huskies traded baskets until a Ashlee Feldman jumper at 12:57 sparked a 12-0 run by the Huskies that would eventually give them a 22-13 lead at 7:13. The Huskies would remain in control of the remainder of the half as they would go on to post a 12-point lead, their largest of the game at 1:03, pushing the score to 32-20 in favor of Northeastern. The Huskies’ took a 33-22 advantage into the locker room at the half.
Despite the visitor advantage, the Wildcats took over the game in the second half as they opened up the stanza with a 20-3 run to take the lead, 42-36, with 11:06 to play. Guiding the way for the Wildcats was Williams and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) who each registered 13 and 10-second half points, respectively.
The Wildcats torched the nets in the final frame, as they shot 60 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from three-point land, on their way to 48-second half points.
The Huskies would threaten the lead once again late in the second half as a Jasmine Crew three-pointer would cut UNH’s lead down to just seven points with 39 seconds remaining. However, the Wildcats would seal the victory as they took advantage of the charity strike knocking down six-of-eight free throw attempts down the stretch. LaRosa tallied all six points, on her way to shooting nine-for-10 from the line.
In addition to her clutch free throw shooting, LaRosa posted a career-high eight rebounds and career-best seven assists to go along with her 14 points. The Wildcats also got solid production from sophomore Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), as she notched a career-high 10 points, while also tying her career-high with four blocks. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) chipped in with a team-high 17 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc.
The Huskies had a total of four players scoring in double-figures, with Jasmine Crew and Ashlee Feldman leading the way with 14 points apiece. Also chipping in for Northeastern were Brittany Wilson and Kim Carr, who each tallied 11 and 12 points, respectively.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 20 as they host Canisius at 7 p.m.