January 6, 2011

Women's Basketball Falls to Boston University, 63-43

DURHAM, N.H.Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded season highs of nine points and 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 63-43, on Thursday night in an America East tilt at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire slipped to 3-11 overall and 0-2 in America East action despite receiving a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds from Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.). Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) just missed her third consecutive double-double, compiling 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.
Jill McDonald

McDonald earned America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing the evening 5-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from three. It is the fifth straight game she has registered double-digit points.

Caroline Stewart, who was named player of the game for BU, registered a double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting nine of 11 field goals. Chantell Alford contributed 14 points and seven boards on five-of-14 shooting for the Terriers (5-9, 2-0).

Stewart rattled off her team's first nine points, helping Boston University race out to a 16-4 lead.

UNH bounced right back, however, as McDonald and Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) connected on back-to-back three-point field goals to jumpstart a 15-0 Wildcats' run, staking UNH to a 19-16 lead. McDonald notched five points during the streak, and Flynn came off the bench to tally four points, grab three rebounds and dish out an assist during the spurt.

The momentum swung back in BU's direction with the Terriers closing out the first half by scoring the final 15 points over a nine-minute span to take a 31-19 lead to the locker room. Alford, the reigning America East Player of the Week, scored seven of those points, with Stewart chipping in with four.
Denise Beliveau

The Terriers increased the advantage to 16 points (40-24) before the Wildcats erupted for an 8-0 run. Beliveau canned a pair of three-pointers on the front end of the run, and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) knocked down a trey from the left corner to draw UNH within eight (40-32) with about 12 minutes left in the game.

However, that would be as close as UNH would come the rest of the way, as the Terriers outscored the Wildcats 32-24 in the second stanza.  UNH shot 29 percent (15-of-51) for the game, and the Terriers shot 41 percent (24-of-58).

The Wildcats hit the road to tangle with the Binghamton University Bearcats on Sunday Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
 
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