DURHAM, N.H. – Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team with 14 points, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to Boston University, 75-53, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 6-19, 4-17 in the America East, while the Terriers improve to 17-6 and remain perfect in the conference, 11-0.
Fowler, who went 6-for-7 from the floor, was awarded America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. She also pulled down seven rebounds in the game. Freshmen Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) each delivered 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for the Wildcats
With the Wildcats up by three points, 6-3, early on, the Terriers went on a 10-0 run, which was capped off by back-to-back trifectas to take the lead (13-6) with 13:28 remaining in the opening half. Though the visitors led by eight points, 17-9, the Wildcats nailed seven straight points to cut the deficit to just one point, 17-16, with less than ten minutes to play in the half. The run included five straight points by Wells and back-to-back Wildcat treys.
The teams exchanged baskets until the five-minute mark, when Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) sunk a layup to put the Wildcats on top, 24-23. The visitors, however, went on a 14-4 run to close out the half and take a 38-28 lead into the locker room. Aly Hinton and Kristi Dini, with nine points apiece, led the first-half charge for the Terriers
New Hampshire scored the first three points of the final frame to cut the deficit to seven points, 38-31, less than a minute into the half. The Terriers responded with four straight points to make it 43-31 with 16:12 left to play. The Wildcats, however, tallied five straight points to once again cut the deficit to seven, 43-36. The run included three straight free throws by Williams, who also pulled down a defensive rebound and threw the ball up the court to Wells, who capped off the surge with a fast break layup with just under 15 minutes to play.
On the next possession Jesyka Burks-Wiley drained a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run to give the Terriers a 52-36 lead with 13 minutes left to play. Dini, the Terriers America East Player of the Game, also hit a trifecta during the run. She finished the game with 20 points for the Terriers.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Fowler hit shot to make it 54-42, but the Hinton hit a shot of her own to spark a 10-1 run to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game, 66-43 with 6:41 to play. The run was once again capped off by a 3-pointer by Dini. With just over six minutes to play, LaRosa stole the ball and broke away for a layup to spark an 8-1 run, which made it 67-51 with 2:47 remaining in the game. The Terriers, who shot 47 percent in the game, hit four of five shots down the stretch to keep the game out of reach for the Wildcats.
Burks-Wiley, with 18 points and 11 rebounds, earned a double-double for the Terriers. Also posting in double figures for the visitors was Hinton, who had 11 points. Christine Kinneary posted seven points and dished out seven assists to go along with three steals.
Williams finished the game with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds. She, along with Wells, both dished out three assists in the game. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with two blocks, has now registered multiple blocks in 12 games this season.
The Wildcats will travel to face the Catamounts of Vermont on Sunday, Feb. 22. New Hampshire ‘s next home game will be Wednesday, Feb. 25 when the Wildcats host Stony Brook. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.