February 3, 2010

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RALLIES PAST STONY BROOK, 76-71

DURHAM, N.H. - Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) poured in a career-high 18 points, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 76-71 victory over Stony Brook University on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.  

With the win the Wildcats improve to 8-15 overall and 3-7 in America East play, while the Seawolves fall to 6-16 overall and 4-6 in conference action.

Hall was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, rounding out the evening with a season-high seven rebounds and a career-high four assists. Misha Horsey took home Player of the Game honors for Stony Brook, finishing with a game-high 23 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.

For New Hampshire, it was the fifth straight game three or more Wildcats have scored in double figures, as Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) rounded out UNH's top scorers, with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

The Wildcats held their largest lead of the contest, with a 69-60 advantage with 3:37 to play, before SBU buried a pair of baskets in just over a minute span to cut the deficit to five. However, Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Simpson combined to go 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final 1:24 of the game to secure to the win for New Hampshire.

Cassie Klockgether and Horsey notched a pair of 3-pointers in the final 15 seconds of the action, but it was too little too late for the Seawolves, as they were held to just 24 points in the first 17:52 of the half.

Simpson kicked off the second frame netting three points the old-fashioned-way, however, it was Stony Brook who answered with 12 unanswered points, jumping out to its largest lead of the game with a 50-43 advantage at 15:34.

Williams broke up the run about two minutes later, lacing with a jumper, to cut the deficit down to five. From there, the two squads would exchange baskets for the next 1:25, until the ‘Cats posted a 23-9 run, ignited by a Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) layup at 12:11, pushing New Hampshire ahead 69-60.

The first half began with both teams exchanging baskets, with the score knotted at 7-7 with 16:24 remaining, on the second of two free throw attempts by Joia Daniels. Kirsten Jeter helped SBU pull away burying a layup, sparking a 7-2 run by the visitors, pushing ahead 14-9 with 14:14 remaining in the frame.

For the next 3:07 the two teams would trade blows, until UNH fired off a 13-4 run midway through the frame, to go ahead 29-24 at 6:53. The ‘Cats closed out the stretch burying nine unanswered points, on a run that featured a pair of 3-pointers by Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and a layup by Williams.

Over the course of the next 4:08 the Seawolves held the Wildcats to just two points, with their lone basket coming off a layup by Flynn at 5:01. Meanwhile, the visitors posted 13 points during the stretch, reclaiming the lead with score set at 36-32 with 2:02 left in the stanza.

Despite Stony Brook's outburst, the Wildcats would soon find their offensive stroke in the closing moments of the first half, as Simpson led New Hampshire to an 8-2 run to close out the frame. During the 1:46 stretch, Simpson nailed a pair of 3-pointers, including one with just two seconds to play, putting the ‘Cats up 40-38 at the intermission.

New Hampshire outshot Stony Brook 55.3 percent to 38.7 percent from the floor in the contest. The Wildcats were especially hot from beyond the arc, posting a .533 shooting clip from downtown, while the Seawolves shot just 26.7 percent. For UNH, it was the third time this season it shot over 50 percent from the floor and just the first time it shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Williams finished with a season-high 12 rebounds and three assists, en route to her second double-double of the season. Simpson rounded out the evening with seven assists and four boards. Flynn tied a UNH single-game record with seven blocks in the contest, while also notching seven points.

For Stony Brook, Crystal Rushin and Daniels rounded out the double-digit scorers, tallying 13 and 10 points, respectively. Jeter and Gerda Gatling notched seven points apiece.

The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. when they travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks at the Chase Arena.

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