DURHAM, N.H. – Juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) combined to score a total of 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to victory as the Wildcats fall to Dartmouth University, 62-49, at Lundholm Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Simpson, who was awarded America East Player of the Game, led all scorers with a total of 21 points, while also tallying three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Williams was equally impressive as she notched 16 points and four rebounds.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the contest on a Simpson 3-pointer that pushed them ahead 5-4 at 16:43 in the early going, but the lead did not last long as the Big Green would bounce back with a 7-0 run capped off with a 3-pointer from Margaret Smith to make the score 11-5 at 14:06.
The Wildcats would battle back in the next two minutes of play as a pair of 3-pointers by Williams and Simpson would put the Wildcats back in the game, cutting the lead down to just two points with a score of 13-11.
The Big Green would regain momentum following the Wildcats’ offensive surge as they would go on a 6-0 run and jump out to a 19-11 lead on a jumper by Darcy Rose. New Hampshire would once again battle back as jumpers by Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) would cut the deficit to five points, 20-15, at 5:32.
However, the Big Green would once again extend the lead, as they would go on a 7-2 run concluded with a Louise Vanden Bosch 3-pointer to give the visitors the 27-18 advantage at halftime.
The Big Green continued its hot shooting to start the second half, as they made it 31-18 at 18:43. Dartmouth would continue to shoot the ball well for the remainder of the game as they shot 52 percent from the floor in the half, 47 percent for the game.
The Big Green would secure their lead for the rest of the contest as they posted their largest lead of the night on a 3-pointer by Cassie Cooper that would give them an18-point advantage, 45-27, with 9:27 remaining.
The Wildcats would cut that lead down to 11 on a 3-pointer by Simpson with 1:15 left in the contest, but solid free throw shooting by the Big Green kept them on top.
LaRosa finished the game with eight points, five assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal for the Wildcats.
Dartmouth was lead by Brittney Smith and Darcy Rose who each registered 12 points apiece. In addition to Smith’s offensive output, she also tallied seven rebounds and five steals. Margaret Smith also chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday as they travel to Boston University to take on the Terriers. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.