DURHAM, NH. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.), scored a game-high 13 points and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) added 12, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 55-42, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
New Hampshire falls to 10-16 overall and 5-9 in America East, while Binghamton improves to 5-22 on the season and 4-10 in conference play.
Reed, 4-for-9 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the foul line, led the 'Cats with 13 points highlighted by three 3-pointers; she was named the team's America East Player of the Game. Hogan added 12 points to the mix going 3-10 from the floor and 6-7 from the line with four rebounds and two assists. Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y,) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) added four points each for the Wildcats.
Mallory Lawes and Jasbriell Swain led Binghamton with 11 points each and Kara Elofson netted 12.
The Bearcats drew first blood at 17:34 with an easy layup from Sherae Swinson. Over the next 6:37, the Wildcats would be outscored 4-2 with their only points coming from Kaylee Kilpatrick's (Saint John, New Brunswick) two trips to the line. The Wildcats scored their first field goal of the game off a Reed jump shot at 10:56 of the first half. Just 18 seconds later, a steal by Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) would spark a breakaway layup for Hogan to tie it at 6-6.
After a foul on Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) sent Swain to the line to give Binghamton the 7-6 lead, Spoto rebutted by going 2-for-2 from the stripe for the first UNH lead of the contest with 9:56 left in the first half.
At 7:48, a 3-pointer from Binghamton's Lawes began the battle for the lead until Kim Albrecht would spark another Lawes 3-pointer for a 15-10 lead.
A Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) free throw started a 5-0 Wildcat run that included a Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) layup to tie the score at 15-15 with 2:41 left in the half. The Bearcats responded with a 3-0 run of their own that was halted with a Wells jumper to bring the score to 18-17 in favor of the visitors.
The Bearcats' spark carried over the break as they started off on a 4-0 run before being stifled by a 3-pointer from Reed at 18:56. The squads would swap baskets over the next six minutes to bring the score to 29-28 before a triple from Stephanie Jensen put the Bearcats up by four points.
Reed, with her second 3-pointer of the half, brought the Wildcats within one point before Binghamton scored 10 consecutive points over five minutes to bring the score to 42-31.
At 5:17, Hogan put an end to that streak going 1-2 from the line that put UNH on a streak of its own. The 8-2 run featured another 3-pointer from Reed at 2:26 to bring the Wildcats within five, 44-39. Hogan's three-point play once again lifted the 'Cats within five points, 47-42, with 1:15 remaining.
Despite the late push, the Wildcats were unable to take the lead and Binghamton ended the matchup with eight unanswered points to bring the final score to 55-42.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 27 (7 p.m.) at home for Senior Day against the University of Albany. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.