SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) recorded 11 points and seven rebounds, and junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted 10 points, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team came up short against Syracuse University, 87-46, Monday evening at the Carrier Dome.
New Hampshire kicked off the game with an edge on Syracuse, posting a 9-3 run that gave the 'Cats a 16-11 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first frame. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) ignited the stretch, banging in a 3-pointer from the left wing at 14:31, while Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and McDonald would add trifectas of their own along the way to put UNH on top.
The Orange would strike back pouring in 13 unanswered points over a span of 4:11, capped off with a 3-pointer by Erica Morrow that gave the home team a 24-16 edge with 9:35 remaining in the first frame.
McDonald ended the run for New Hampshire, sinking a leaner in the paint, cutting the score to 24-18 at 8:38. However, the spark wasn't enough to give UNH an edge the rest of the way, as Syracuse posted a 13-5 run to close out the first frame, giving the Orange a 42-23 advantage at the break.
SU would continue to build its lead in the opening moments of the second stanza, stringing together six unanswered, with three different players scoring for the Orange, setting the score at 48-23 with 17:19 to play.
Hogan followed up draining a trifecta from the top of the key, but the 'Cats would be held scoreless for the next two minutes following the basket, as the Orange dropped in eight points to hold onto the lead in the final minutes of the contest.
Kayla Alexander led Syracuse with 24 points, four boards, four blocks and three steals. She finished the night 9-of-12 from the floor, including 6-for-7 from the free throw line.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Dec. 3 (7 p.m.) when they take on Manhattan College at Draddy Gymnasium.