DURHAM, N.H. –Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) to record her fifth double-double of the season, but Boston University withstood a late comeback effort by the University of New Hampshire in Saturday afternoon's 55-53 victory in women's basketball action at Lundholm Gym.
UNH, now 4-3 at home, is 6-11 overall and 1-4 in America East. BU won its 13th consecutive game to improve to 16-3, 6-0.
Chantell Alford received that honor for BU with a team-high 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
Reed became the third UNH Wildcat women's basketball player to record 150 career 3-pointers made with the first of her six 3-pointers at 14:43 of the first half. She is No. 3 on the program's all-time list with 155.
The Wildcats trailed 54-38 with 3:21 remaining but just 17 seconds later Reed ignited the comeback with a 3-pointer. Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine; 16 points, six rebounds) pulled down the defensive rebound and then found Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) alone on the left block to lift the 'Cats within 54-43 at 2:15.
Frame grabbed another defensive rebound and Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) drilled a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 54-46 at 1:36.
UNH then committed a pair of fouls to send BU to the foul line, where Whitney Turner missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) snared the ball. On the ensuing possession, Frame was fouled on the right blocks and made 1 of 2 free throws to advance the score to 54-47 with 48 seconds to play.
Reed grabbed the offensive rebound off Frame's missed foul shot and New Hampshire called its last timeout of the game. Frame's layup lifted UNH within 54-49 with 36 seconds on the clock.
Alford then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with Friel corralling the defensive rebound and Reed's season-high sixth 3-pointer of the game pulled the 'Cats within 54-52 with 21 seconds remaining.
UNH sent Danielle Callahan to the foul line for another 1-and-1 with 16 seconds to go. Her shot went off the rim and Friel pulled down the rebound. BU fouled Frame with four seconds to play and called time out. She missed the first foul shot and made the second to lift New Hampshire within 54-53.
Callahan, who entered the game as the Terriers' top foul shooter (83.3%), was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and hit a free throw with 2.1 seconds remaining to give BU a 55-53 lead. She missed the second foul shot, but Alford grabbed the loose ball and time expired.
BU led 2-0 at the first media timeout of the game at 15:55, but out of the break Kilpatrick made a layup on the right blocks to tie the score and Reed's 3-pointer from the top of the key gave UNH a 5-2 lead. Reed's next 3-pointer on the right wing off Frame's skip pass gave the 'Cats an 8-4 advantage at 13:17.
BU 3-pointers by Callahan and Alford sandwiched Frame's 10-foot jumper in the lane to level the score, 10-10, at 12:09. Then with the 30-second clock winding down, Reed launched a 3-pointer from the top-left wing to beat the buzzer and give New Hampshire a 13-10 lead.
The Terriers regained the lead, 14-13, as Rashidat Agboola (11 points, eight rebounds) hit a pair of free throws at 10:26 and then made a layup at 8:12.
UNH answered with a 6-0 run to regain the lead, 19-14. Frame executed a pivot move on the left blocks for a layup to put UNH back in front and then hit a short jumper followed by Kilpatrick's basket at 6:11.
BU pulled within one point, 20-19 with one minute remaining in the first half, but Reed's fourth 3-pointer of the half extended the Wildcats' lead to 23-19 heading into halftime. UNH held the visitors, who were averaging 63.6 points per game with a .403 shooting percentage, to 19 first-half points on 25.9% shooting.
The 'Cats still led by four points, 30-26, at 13:15 of the second half, but the Terriers netted seven consecutive points on the strength of Mo Moran's three-point play and Alford's 3-pointer to take a 33-30 lead. BU led 40-36 with eight minutes remaining and went on a 12-0 run the next 4:15 to push its lead to 52-36. The teams exchanged baskets, and then UNH began its late flurry.
Gaston's season-high five assists matched her career high previously done three times. UNH shot a season-high 44.4% (8 of 18) from 3-point range and the eight 3s also marked a season high.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 23 (7 p.m.) at the University of Hartford. The Wildcats' next home game is Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) against the University of Maine.