February 13, 2011

Women's Basketball Outlasted by UMBC, 63-55

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 14 points and collected 10 rebounds to record her 10th double-double of the season, but Erin Brown poured in 16 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to carry the University of Maryland Baltimore County past the University of New Hampshire, 63-55, in America East women's basketball action Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss the Wildcats drop to 8-17 overall and 5-8 in America East play, while the Retrievers improve to 16-10 overall and 10-3 in conference action.

Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, registering her third straight double-double in the loss. She rounded out the contest with two steals and one assist. She is the first Wildcat to notch 10 double-doubles in a season since Candace Williams reached the mark during the 2008-09 campaign.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) added 12 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) chipped in with her second straight game in double-figures, registering 12 points, five rebounds, one block and one steal.

Brown was selected as the player of the game for UMBC, rounding out the afternoon with five boards and two steals.

After the Wildcats posted a 23-19 edge at the end of the first frame, the Retrievers opened up the second half with an 11-4 run, claiming their first lead in 21:32, pushing ahead 30-27 at 16:49. A pair of 3-pointers by Michelle Kurowski and Brown less than a minute apart capped off the stretch, as the 'Cats registered just one field goal during the 3:11 scoring run.

Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) snapped a run of seven unanswered points by the visitors, knocking down a baby hook shot in the lane that set off a 15-7 run by UNH that took back the advantage.

The two squads would trade baskets with one another following Reed's jumper, until the 'Cats iced the run outscoring the Retrievers 7-1 over a span of two minutes, with Beliveau dropping in a 3-pointer and a layup on consecutive possessions to put New Hampshire ahead, 42-37, with 11:52 remaining.

That would be the last time the Wildcats held the advantage the rest of the way, as the Retrievers posted a 16-4 run that lasted over seven minutes, setting the score at 53-46 with 4:17 on the clock. A pair McDonald layups down the stretch cut the score to 54-50 with 55 seconds remaining, but that was as close as UNH would come to reclaiming the lead for the remainder of the contest.

New Hampshire came out of the gates with a 14-5 run, scoring on three straight possessions at the tail end of the stretch, as Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) put the 'Cats ahead by nine on a trifecta with 14:42 remaining in the first stanza.

A 3-pointer by Michelle Brokans and a jumper by Meghan Colabella on back-to-back trips up the floor snapped UNH's streak of seven unanswered points, cutting the deficit down to four. UMBC kept up the pace, outscoring UNH 5-2 over the next five minutes, trimming the score to 16-15 in favor of the Wildcats with 8:41 on the clock.

UNH extended its advantage to six on a Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) layup and a Wells 3-pointer, setting the score to 21-15 with just over six minutes remaining in the first half. UMBC outscored UNH 4-2 the rest of the way, as Tope Obajolu dropped in a pair of layups about a minute apart, cutting the score to 23-19 in favor of the Wildcats at the break.

The Wildcats are back in action Thursday, Feb. 17 (7 p.m.) when they hit the road to take on the University of Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium.
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