DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) poured in all of her career-high 14 points in the second half, but the University at Albany topped the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, 60-44, in America East conference action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats fell to 8-7 on the season and 1-2 in America East action, while the Great Danes improved to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Kilpatrick, the America East Player of the Game for UNH, shot 4-of-6 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) added eight points, while senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a team-high five rebounds.
Lindsey Lowrie earned Player of the Game honors for Albany as she recorded a game-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor.
As a team, the Wildcats went 13-of-14 from the free throw line, shooting at a 92.9 percent clip.
The Great Danes raced out of the gate with a 13-2 run in the opening 12:16 of action, before the Wildcats answered with five straight, capped off by a conventional 3-point play by Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) to trim the lead to 13-7 at the 11:06 mark.
Albany responded with 11 unanswered points over the next 6:05, stretching its lead to 17, until Hogan battled back to the charity stripe and buried a pair of free throws to pull the home side within 24-9 with 4:16 remaining.
The teams then exchanged a pair of baskets as Albany held on for the 28-13 advantage at halftime.
The Great Danes opened the second half with a 10-0 run, before Kilpatrick came off the bench for a layup in the paint, trimming the visitor lead to 38-15 at the 17:03 mark.
After Albany answered right back with a basket by Julie Forster, Kilpatrick hit a jumper in the paint to jumpstart an 11-0 run as the Wildcats clawed back to within 14, 40-26, with 13:11 left to play. The stretch was highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), while Beliveau contributed with a driving lay-in.
From there, Albany netted consecutive treys to halt the UNH comeback, paving the way for a 54-30 advantage with 5:16 remaining. UNH managed to pull within 14 down the stretch, paced by Kilpatrick's eight points during the closing five minutes of action, but it would not be enough to pull out the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14 when they visit Vermont at 3 p.m. The 'Cats return to Lundholm Gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 16 when they play host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m. For tickets, and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.