BROOKLYN, N.Y. – For the third straight game, junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team in scoring, but four players posting in double-figures for Yale allowed for a 76-55 Bulldog win in the Consolation Game of the Courtyard LaGuardia Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Center.
Williams, with 16 points and nine rebounds, was just shy of back-to-back double-doubles and earned America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire. Also posting in double-figures was Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) who had 13 points for the Wildcats.
Simpson received the tip from Rachel Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) on the jump and drove in for a quick basket to put the Wildcats (0-4) ahead, 2-0, just five seconds into the game. That would be the only lead for the Wildcats as Yale, with the score tied 10-10 with just over 14 minutes to play in the half, went on a 12-0 run to make it 22-10 with just over ten minutes left in the opening frame.
With 2:44 remaining, New Hampshire cut the deficit to just two, 26-24, on a 10-0 Wildcat run, which was sparked by a layup by Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) at 4:48. The Bulldogs pulled ahead once again and took a nine-point lead into the locker room at the half, 35-26. Williams, who went six-for-six from the foul line in the game, finished the half with 10 points for the Wildcats.
To open up the second half of action, the Bulldogs held New Hampshire scoreless for almost seven minutes, which allowed for a 22-point lead (48-26), but with 13:18 remaining, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) connected on a layup to end the drought for the Wildcats.
With 7:40 left to play, the LaRosa hit a jumper to propel another Wildcat run. The 9-2 run got the Wildcats within 14 points (63-49) with 4:30 remaining. With minutes to go in regulation, Melissa Colborne hit back-to-back shots and Jamie Van Horne drained her third 3-pointer of the game with under a minute remaining to seal the game for the Bulldogs. Colborne finished with 15 points, while Ashley Carter and Mady Gobrecht added 12 apiece for Yale.
Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) led the team in rebounding with a career-high ten boards for the Wildcats. Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) recorded three of the Wildcats’ four blocks in the game. Fowler finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds and a team-high four steals for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats continue their road trip at Harvard on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Gametime in Cambridge, Mass. is scheduled for 7 p.m.