DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored seven points and corralled a game-high 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped its home opener to Seton Hall, 61-38, in non-conference action Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 1-1 on the year, while the Pirates remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Hogan was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, shooting 3-of-7 from the floor, including 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. Junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) also chalked up seven points, hitting 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-3 in three-point attempts.
Seton Hall was led by senior Jasmine Crew, who scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Junior Brittany Morris canned her first four treys en route to 12 points on 4-of-7 long-distance shooting.
Reed scored four early points on a layup and a short jumper to help the Wildcats grab an early 7-5 lead, but Morris buried a pair of 3-pointers to jumpstart a 7-0 Pirates' run for a 12-7 lead they would never relinquish.
Freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) poured in five of her six points in succession for UNH, as the 'Cats trimmed the deficit to 20-17 with just over seven minutes left before the intermission. But Gaston's left-wing, 3-pointer with 7:20 remaining proved to be the final bucket of the first half for the home team, as Seton Hall closed the half on an 8-0 run during that span for a 28-17 advantage.
The Pirates maintained their momentum after intermission, opening the second half on an 11-2 run for a 39-19 lead at the 15:13 mark. Freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) ended the stretch with a short jumper but Seton Hall responded with five unanswered over the next five minutes in limited scoring action by both teams.
After trading layups, sophomore Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) drilled a shot from beyond the arc, sparking a 5-0 run over the next two minutes to trim the deficit to 45-29 with just over eight minutes to play. Seton Hall answered back with back-to-back 3-pointers as the visitors went on to claim the 61-38 victory.
The Wildcats next venture to Ithaca, N.Y. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they take on Cornell at 7 p.m. New Hampshire's next home game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 3, against Holy Cross at Lundholm Gymnasium.
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