DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team held the University of Hartford to just 13 percent (4-30) shooting from the field in the second half and outscored their opponent 18-14 in the final frame, but a 31 point (45-14) halftime deficit was too much to overcome as the Wildcats fell to the Hawks, 59-32, on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss the Wildcats fall to 5-17, 3-5 in the America East, while the Hawks improve to 12-8, 7-1 in the conference.

Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), with a team-high 12 points, led the charge for the Wildcats for the third consecutive game. The forward, who was chosen as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, has registered double figures in all 22 games for New Hampshire this season.

Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) chipped in with four points and two blocks apiece. Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) also had four points to go along with six rebounds and two steals. Rachel Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down six rebounds for the Wildcats. 

Posting in double figures for the Hawks were Ilicia Mathis and Erica Beverly, who had 16 and 13 points, respectively. Beverly added five blocks and was awarded America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. New Hampshire held Diana Delva, the Hawks’ leading scorer, to just four points in the contest.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they take on University of Baltimore County Retrievers at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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