November 20, 2010

Women's Basketball Falls Short to Brown, 66-54

DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, scoring 11 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to propel the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to victory, falling to Brown University, 66-54, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire falls to 1-2 on the season, while Brown improves to 1-2. The Wildcats drop just their second game all-time to the Bears on their home court, as they are now 6-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium against Brown.

Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds. Reed delivered her 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers along the way.

Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) chipped in with 10 points, three boards and three assists. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) added nine points, four assists and three rebounds.

Brown outshot UNH 45.5 percent (25-55) to 34 percent (18-53) in the contest. The Bears were just as hot from beyond the arc, posting a .571 shooting clip (8-14), while the Wildcats finished with a .238 shooting clip (5-21) from deep.

Holy Cross kicked off the game with a 22-7 run that lasted 11 minutes, capped off with a 3-pointer by Lindsay Steele, with four different Wildcats scoring along the way. Steele dropped in seven points on the run for the visitors.

New Hampshire responded with an 8-4 run of its own, with Reed and Hogan both knocking down 3-pointers to cut Brown's lead to 11, setting the score at 26-15 with 4:38 remaining in the first frame.

The Bears came back with a pair of trifectas, as Hannah Passafuime and Lindsay Nickel each tallied a trey just over a minute apart, building their lead up to its largest margin of the contest, with a 32-15 advantage with 3:37 left in the first stanza. Brown carried its lead into the second half, holding a 35-24 edge at the break.

Reed helped UNH get back on track at the start of the second frame, dropping in a layup and a trifecta to cut Brown's advantage down to six points. The two squads would trade buckets for the next 8:22, until Brown strung off an 8-2 run, giving the Bears a 54-40 edge with 7:19 remaining.

Hogan gave the Wildcats hope of a comeback, sparking an 8-4 scoring stretch, knocking down one-of-two free throws from the stripe at 7:00. Hogan canned four points on the run, while two other Wildcats scored along the way.

However, hope of a comeback was short lived, as Passafuime dropped in a pair of free throws, sparking a streak of seven unanswered points in just over a minute, sealing the victory for Brown.

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 (7 p.m.) when they take on the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Recreation Center.
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