CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied a season-high dropping in 16 points, including 14 in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Harvard University, 96-63, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Beliveau finished the night 4-of-8 from the floor, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also pulled in three rebounds and added one assist. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, tying a career-high with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown.
Harvard outshot New Hampshire 51.4 percent (36-70) to 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field. However, the Wildcats shot a season-best 56.3 percent from 3-point land, knocking down 9-of-16 attempts.
New Hampshire kicked off the action with five unanswered points, as Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) got things started, banging in a 3-pointer from the right wing to score the game's first basket. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) quickly followed with a jumper in the lane that gave UNH the early 5-0 edge at 19:04.
Christine Matera would fire back with a trifecta, helping the Crimson cut the early deficit to just two points. However, McDonald answered the call on the ensuing possession, sinking a leaner in the paint to set the score at 7-3 in favor of the visitors with 17:09 remaining in the first frame.
Harvard would soon find its offensive flow, piecing together a 6-1 run that gave the home team the lead for the first time in the contest, jumping ahead 9-8 with 15:59 remaining in the first half. The stretch was kicked off with a pair of free throws by Emma Markley, setting off a 32-8 scoring advantage that lasted over 13 minutes, giving Harvard a 35-15 lead.
The two squads would exchange baskets the rest of the way, as Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get things rolling for New Hampshire, as the Wildcats outscored the Crimson 10-9 the rest of the way. Despite the late push by the 'Cats, Harvard still held a 44-25 edge at the break.
McDonald set off the second stanza scoring the first bucket of the frame on a jumper in the paint, but Harvard kept up its pace from the first half putting together a 15-6 run that gave the Crimson their largest lead to that point with a 59-31 advantage with 13:07 to play.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) helped the Wildcats get back on track sinking a trifecta that set off a 9-7 run. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) added three points the old-fashioned-way on the following possession and Wells banged in a 3-pointer along the way, cutting the deficit to 24 points. However, that was as close as UNH would come the rest of the way, as Harvard built its lead up to as many as 33 to close out the win.
Brogan Berry led the Crimson with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-5 from the stripe. She also added five assists, four boards and four steals.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 19 (1 p.m.) when they take on Central Connecticut State at Detrick Gymnasium.