STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded 14 points and six rebounds in the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team's 60-47 America East conference loss to Stony Brook University at Pritchard Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
UNH's two-game winning streak ended as the Wildcats moved to 8-13 overall and 3-6 in America East. SBU, which built an 11-point halftime lead on the strength of 56.7% shooting from the floor in the first half, improved to 12-10, 4-5 by sweeping the season series against UNH.
Reed, who went 5 of 5 from the foul line, also tallied three assists, three steals and one block to garner UNH's America East Player of the Game. Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was the only other Wildcat in double digits with 10 points. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), who missed the previous five games, recorded her 250th career assist with the second of her three in the game.
Sabre Proctor (17 points), Chikilra Goodman (11 pts, six rebounds) and Jessica Previlon (nine pts, eight rebs) led the Seawolves, who committed just 10 turnovers in comparison to UNH's 22.
Frame's layup on the right blocks off a feed from Reed leveled the score, 2-2, at 18:22 but that proved to be the only tie of the game. The Seawolves went on a 7-0 run the next 3:30 before Reed finished an Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.; eight rebounds) pass for a layup at 14:45 and Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) converted an offensive rebound into a layup on the right blocks to lift the Wildcats within 11-6.
Reed's three-point play off the inbounds pass from Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) made the score 13-9 at 13:17, but the 'Cats called time out at 10:10 when Previlon's basket in the paint gave the Seawolves a double-digit lead of 19-9.
UNH responded with a jumper by Hogan and Hogan's dish to Spoto for a layup at 9:04 to trim the deficit to 21-13. Back-to-back buckets by Proctor and Sam Landers gave SBU its largest lead of the first half – 12 points – at 25-13.
Frame's putback off her own miss and her layup on the left blocks lifted New Hampshire within 25-17, then Friel's 3-pointer from the right wing made it 25-20 at 6:14. SBU answered with a Previlon layup and Kani Klupenger 3-pointer to reestablish a 10-point lead one minute later.
Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) and Reed both hit a pair of free throws to lift the 'Cats within 33-26 at 2:18. Teasha Harris and Proctor buried jumpers to give the home team a 37-26 lead heading into halftime.
Reed's runner off the glass opened the second-half scoring and trimmed the deficit to single figures, 37-28, at 18:58 but Previlon's layup and two Brittany Snow foul shots made it 41-28 one minute later, and Snow's layup at 13:07 gave SBU its largest lead of the game, 45-31.
UNH trailed 46-33 when Reed and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) hit consecutive 3-pointers to trim the margin to seven points at 9:38. The Seawolves once again quickly countered, this time with Harris' 3-pointer and Goodman's layup to create a 51-39 lead at 8:34.
The Wildcats went on a 6-0 spurt the next 3:30 to close the gap to six points, 51-45. Hogan hit both ends of the 1-and-1 at the foul line to begin the run, which continued with a drive down the middle of the lane by Frame and then she corralled an offensive rebound and scored in the paint at 3:54.
Frame then pulled down a defensive rebound at the other end of the court to give the 'Cats a chance to get closer than six points, but UNH turned the ball over and Goodman took the ball to the basket for a fastbreak layup that pushed the score to 53-45 at 2:33. SBU outscored UNH 7-2 the rest of the way to secure the victory.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 6 at home against the University of Vermont. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.