DURHAM, N.H. – Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) matched career highs with 21 points and nine boards, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 75-68 victory over Stony Brook University Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Reed earned America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, rounding out the afternoon with three assists and one steal. She finished 8-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Kirsten Jeter took home player of the game honors for Stony Brook, registering a game-high 27 points, five rebounds, and four steals.
Beliveau, who earns her 10th career double-double in the win, finished 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep, and an impressive 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. It is her second straight double-double and her fourth in the last six games. She has registered six double-doubles this season, a mark that stands as a career best.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) also scored in double-digits for UNH, finishing with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards. It is the fourth time this season that three Wildcats have scored in double-figures in a game.
After holding a 10-point advantage with just over four minutes remaining in the contest, Stony Brook stormed back with an 8-1 run that lasted 2:17, set off by an Amanda Corona jumper that cut the score to 69-66 with 1:28 on the clock.
In an effort to complete their comeback, the Seawolves sent the 'Cats to the line four times in the last 1:03 and UNH made the most of the opportunity, netting 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe to close out the contest and seal the victory. Hogan led the way for the Wildcats, knocking down both sets of free throws on two separate trips to the line.
New Hampshire scored the first 12 points of the game, with Beliveau and Reed tallying five points apiece during a stretch that saw the Seawolves held without a field goal for over four minutes.
The Wildcats led by as many as 14 points in the half, but the 'Wolves trimmed the deficit down to eight points at the break, 42-34. The 42 points represented a first-half season high for UNH.
Stony Brook notched the first bucket of the second half, a lay-up from Destiny Jacobs, to climb within six, 42-36. But Hogan delivered back-to-back assists on lay-ins from Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Beliveau, bumping the lead back up to double digits, 46-36, with 17:13 left in the game.
Both teams would exchange baskets for over four minutes, as Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) knocked down a jumper and McDonald hit one of two free throw attempts from the foul line, giving UNH its largest lead of the second frame with the score, 53-42, at 13:16.
After a change of possession, Juanita Cochran banked in a layup that set off a 9-0 run by the visitors, cutting the deficit down to just two points with 10:15 remaining.
The Wildcats answered right back with a scoring run of their own, firing off eight unanswered points, with Reed and Hogan banging in threes on back-to-back possessions to close out the stretch, building their lead up to 10 with just under seven minutes to play.
A Kirsten Jeter layup would snap the scoreless streak for the Seawolves, but New Hampshire kept up the pace, adding seven points to its run, finishing with a 15-7 edge over SBU during a span of 4:42. Hogan fueled the 'Cats on the stretch with five points, including a trifecta that capped off the run and extended their lead to 10 with 4:09 to play.
UNH concludes a three-game homestand on January 17 (7 p.m.) when the University of Vermont visits Lundholm Gym.