BOSTON – Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a career-high 27 points to lead the University of New Hampshire, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to Boston University, 79-62, on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. Williams, who was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, went 10-for-17 from the field. Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats was Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.).
The Wildcats fell to 3-14, 1-2 in the America East, while the Terriers improve to 10-4 and remain perfect in the conference, 4-0.
Kristi Dini opened up the scoring with a 3-pointer for the Terriers just 30 seconds into action, but five straight points by the Wildcats, including a trifecta by Williams at 16:51, gave New Hampshire a 5-3 lead. The Terriers regained the lead, 7-5, at 13:39, but another 5-0 run for the Wildcats put the visitors back on top, 10-7, with 11:25 to play.
Though the score was tied three times in just over three minutes of play, the Wildcats did not relinquish their lead for over five minutes of action. With 11:11 remaining in the half, Dini hit her second trey of the game to even the score, 10-10, but Simpson countered with a jumper on the next possession to make it 12-10.
Once again the Terriers knotted the score (12-12) on a jumper by Jesyka Burks-Wiley with 10:29 left in the half, but Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) hit a jumper in the paint to put the Wildcats up by two once again (14-12) halfway through the opening frame.
Burks-Wiley evened the score, 14-14, with 9:39 remaining in the half, but Williams hit a jumper to put the Wildcats ahead, 16-14, with 8:17 left in the opening stanza.
Burks-Wiley hit a jumper with just under eight minutes to play, which made it 16-16. The forward’s third straight bucket for the Terriers sparked a 4-0 home team run to make it 20-16 with just under six minutes to play in the half.
The Wildcats would get as close as one point of the Terriers (23-21), on a 3-pointer by Simpson, who finished with three treys in the game, with just over finish minutes remaining before the half. The Terriers pulled ahead by three points (24-21) but Williams hit a jumper to once again get within one of the home team (24-23) with 4:39 remaining in the frame. The Terriers went on a 7-2 run to close out the half and took a 10-point lead, 65-25, into the locker room. Burks-Wiley, who finished the half with 14 points, totaled 24 in the game for the Terriers. She was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Terriers and earned her 1,000th career point during the game.
The Terriers, who shot 47 percent (15-32) in the opening frame, got even hotter in the second half as they shot 66.7 percent (14-22). The Wildcats also improved its shooting percentage in the second half, shooting 50 percent (13-36) in the final frame, as compared to a 37 percent (10-27) first half.
Boston U. went on a 13-3 run to begin the half and gained a 20-point advantage, 48-28, on a 3-pointer by Dini with 15:40 to play. She went 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished the game with 12 points.
The Wildcats chipped away at the deficit and went on an 8-0 run to get within 11 points (53-42) of the home team with just over nine minutes to play. With 8:22 left, Stewart Caroline sank both of her free throws to give make it 57-42 and the Terriers would hit nine of ten free throws over the next three minutes to regain their 20-point lead (64-44) with 6:48 remaining in the game. Though the Wildcats closed out the game with a 10-5 run, the Terriers 22-point advantage with four minutes remaining was too much to overcome.
Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), in addition to her three assists and one block, earned a career-high four steals in the game. Williams and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) both pulled down six rebounds in the game for the Wildcats. McDonald and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) finished the game with six points apiece.
Rounding out the double-digit scoring for the Terriers was Christine Kinneary. Amarachi Umuz-Eronini dished out a career-high nine assists to go along with her eight points and six steals.
The Wildcats continue their road trip at Stony Brook on Wednesday, Jan. 21.