STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) dropped in a team-high 17 points, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Stony Brook University, 69-57, at the Stony Brook Sports Complex Wednesday night.
The win improves the Seawolves to 3-11 overall and 1-1 in America East play. While the Wildcats fall to 5-9 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Williams, who in addition to scoring 17 points, also pulled in seven rebounds and notched one block, was selected as the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire. For Stony Brook, Kirsten Jeter took home Player of the Game honors, netting a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, along with four steals.
After starting the game with a 4-2 lead following a Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) free throw, the Seawolves posted a 7-0 run to jump ahead 9-4 with 14:50 remaining in the first half.
Diamon Beckford (Philadelphia, Pa.) would disrupt SBU's pace with a 3-pointer at 14:24, cutting the deficit down to two points, with score set at 9-7 in favor of the home team. Kirsten Jeter would strike back with a layup and a pair of free throws that pushed the score to 13-7 at 13:02.
New Hampshire would fire back with a layup by Beckford and a jumper by Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn), to once again slice the deficit down to just two points, setting the score at 13-11, with 10:47 remaining.
Moments later, Destiny Jacobs would get the Seawolves back in the action, as she layed the ball in to set off a string of eight unanswered points, giving the home team its largest lead to that point, pushing ahead 21-11 at 9:20.
The ‘Cats would bite back with a 10-0 scoring stretch that lasted nearly three minutes, as Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J) polished things off with a jumper in the paint, knotting the score even at 21-21.
For the next 3:30 both teams would exchange baskets, until Stony Brook caught fire late in the stanza when Jeter nailed a pair of free throws, kicking off a 9-0 run to close out the half. Misha Horsey iced the run, knocking down a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, giving the home team the 37-29 advantage at the intermission.
Stony Brook would be the first to get things started in the second frame, as Crystal Rushin dropped in a layup to push SBU's lead up to 10 once again, with a 39-29 advantage at 19:19.
It wouldn't take long for the ‘Cats to get back on track, as McDonald, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Williams all buried layups on ensuing possessions, cutting the lead down to four with 17:33 to play.
Sam Landers and Horsey would strike back with jumpers on back-to-back possessions, helping SBU build its lead to eight, with the score 43-35. However, Williams would help give the ‘Cats a lift, laying in the ball off the glass and lacing two free throws, to narrow the gap to just six points.
Despite the quick offensive spurt by New Hampshire, it wasn't enough to trip up the Seawolves, who came back with a pair of 3-pointers on consecutive trips up the floor. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) added a free throw and McDonald buried a layup in the midst the action, but SBU would cap off the 1:08 stretch with a jumper by Horsey, giving the Seawolves their largest lead of the night, with the score 54-42 at 12:32.
Moments later, Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) would ignite the ‘Cats drilling a trifecta, setting off a 9-4 UNH run that cut the score to 58-51 with 3:36 remaining. However, for New Hampshire, the run was too little too late, as Stony Brook scored 11 of the game's last 17 points, to hold onto the victory.
Wells finished the night with eight points, five rebounds and a steal. McDonald added nine points, five blocks and three boards.
For Stony Brook, Horsey was the team's second leading scorer, notching 16 points, five assists and two steals. Tamiel Murray chipped in with nine points, five rebounds and five steals.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when they host the Hartford Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium.