VESTAL, N.Y. - Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in 12 points apiece, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 83-59, on Sunday evening at the Events Center.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 7-13 overall and 2-5 in America East play, while the Bearcats move to 7-13 and 3-4 in conference action.
Williams was chosen as New Hampshire's America East Player of the Game, tallying seven rebounds and two assists. For Binghamton, Viive Rebane took home Player of the Game honors, netting a game-high 20 points, while tallying five assists and four steals.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored eight points in the contest, becoming the 15th player in program history to record 1,000 points. With her impressive achievement, Simpson becomes the first Wildcat to tally 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career at UNH.
The ‘Cats drew first blood in the contest, as Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) sank a jumper giving UNH the early lead. However, it wouldn't last long, as Binghamton put together a 19-9 run following the basket, holding a 19-11 advantage at 11:45.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) helped UNH get back on track as she drilled a 3-pointer and Williams buried a pair of free throws on ensuing possessions to cut the lead to three with the score 19-16 in favor of the home team with 10:52 remaining in the first frame.
Erica Carter came back with a 3-pointer of her own to snap the scoreless streak, but the ‘Cats were quick to rebuttal, as Reed layed the ball in on a put back to set the score at 22-18. Following the basket, Darryll Peterson sank two free throws, but it wouldn't be enough to slow the pace of the Wildcats, as Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) layed the ball in off the glass to bring the score to 24-20 at 7:36.
The Bearcats responded stringing off eight unanswered points, until Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) drained a trifecta to break up the run, cutting the score to 32-23, with 4:46 left in the frame. Wells gave the ‘Cats another lift moments later as she stole the ball and took it the length of the court for a layup, capping off the 5-0 run.
Theodora Panteli snapped the run, netting a layup about minute later, helping spark an 8-2 run by the Bearcats to close out the frame, as Binghamton held a 40-27 advantage at the intermission.
The two squads tipped off the second half trading baskets, until Binghamton caught fire, netting eight unanswered points to jump ahead 59-38 with 12:28 to play. McDonald would break up the run, netting the second of two free throws at 11:37, but it wasn't enough to ignite the ‘Cats as they scored just seven points over the course of the next 6:18. Meanwhile, the Bearcats posted 20 points in the same time span, holding their largest lead of the contest, with the score 79-46 with 5:19 remaining.
The ‘Cats would find their stroke late in the action, posting an 11-4 run to close out the game, but it wasn't enough to catch up to the Bearcats. Binghamton outscored the Wildcats 43 to 32 in the second stanza, while shooting a .567 clip from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Wells notched 10 points and three steals for New Hampshire. In addition to netting a career-high 12 points, Reed finished with four rebounds and an assist.
Carter registered 18 points for Binghamton, notching three boards and a steal. Oria O'Reilly and Andrea Holmes rounded out BU's double digit scorers, tallying 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Wildcats return to action on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. when they play host to Boston University at Lundholm Gymnasium.