DURHAM, N.H. – Three players scored in double-figures but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Bentley University, 70-55, in exhibition action on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led all Wildcat scorers with 15 points, while guards Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) had 14 and 13, respectively.
The Falcons were led in scoring by Kim Brennan with 21 points to go along with Kristy McLean’s double-double, 18 points and 14 rebounds. Also pulling down 14 boards was Bentley’s Lauren Massie.
The Wildcats came out strong, going on a 10-0 run to being the opening stanza. New Hampshire led by as many as 11 points (12-1) with 15:19 in the first half and prevented the Falcons from recording a field goal during the opening four minutes, 54 seconds.
Bentley, which recorded just ten points in the first ten minute of action, got within five points of the Wildcats (20-15) at 8:39, but the Wildcats pulled ahead once again going on a 5-0 run to take another 11-point lead (27-26) with 6:45 remaining in the first half. The Falcons pulled within two-points (30-28) with 1:28 remaining, however, the Wildcats closed out the first half with a five-point lead, 35-30. Simpson recorded 11 of her 14 points during the opening half, including going three-for-six from behind the arc.
The visitors closed the gap at the to open up second half and netted the score, 41-41, on a free-throw by McLean. The Falcons then took their first lead of the game with three consecutive layups by each of the team’s high-scorers, making it 47-41 with just over ten minutes to play.
The Wildcats regained their lead with an old fashioned three-point play by Williams, making it 50-47 with 7:41 to play. However, the Falcons went ahead for good with a 23-5 run to close out the exhibition bout.
Hogan, along with her 14 points, pulled down five boards and dished out five assists for the Wildcats. Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) both tallied six boards to lead the Wildcats to go along with their four and three points, respectively.
The Wildcats will open up the 2008-09 season when they host Bryant University on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.