Women's Basketball Propels Past Highlanders, 53-40

NEWARK, N.J. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned its first road win of the season to prevail over the New Jersey Institute of Technology 53-40 at the Fleisher Athletic Center Wednesday evening.

New Hampshire improves to 2-0 in the non-conference victory while NJIT remains winless this season with a 0-3 mark.

Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) led all scorers with 16 points, shooting 6-of-15 from the field. Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) registered a double-double on 10 points and a personal best 13 rebounds. Additionally, the 6-4 forward recorded a team-high three blocks. Elizabeth Belanger netted a career-high 11 points while pulling down eight boards. 

The Wildcats shot 31.4 percent from the field (16-for-51), including 40 percent (10-25) in the second half effort. NJIT was hindered to a 24.1 (14-58) field goal percentage, a season-low. UNH held a 44-40 rebounding advantage and converted a season-high 91.4 percent (21-of-23) of its free throws.

After conceding the opening point, UNH jolted out to a seven-point advantage to lead 8-1. The Highlanders responded, constructing a 7-2 run to pull within a pair of points. NJIT pulled ahead 13-12 by a pair of free throws from Alyssa Albanese. 

Despite four straight points from Albanese, New Hampshire recaptured the lead as a Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) jumper and two free throws from Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) to give the Wildcats a 16-15 edge. Each side would continue to exchange leads entering the waning moments of the half. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) would drain two free throws to give UNH a 22-20 lead into halftime.

Held to just two points in the first half, Coia made her presence felt in the second half to register 14 second half points and grabbed six rebounds. After the Highlanders leveled the score again at 26, UNH generated a 10-3 run to pull ahead 35-29. 

NJIT inched back within two as Uju Nwakwo and Martina Matejcikova hit back-to-back layups. With the score at 35-33, New Hampshire was able to draw fouls in the paint and get to the free throw line. In a span of 1 minute and 21 seconds, Kilpatrick drew two fouls and converted all four of her free throws while Coia went 2-for-2 on her visit to the charity stripe.

Coia and Hogan would tack on four more points apiece followed by a layup from Sara-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) to build UNH's largest lead of the night at 53-38. The Highlanders could not rally as the Wildcats prevailed in the 53-40 win.  

UNH returns to Lundholm Gymnasium as the Wildcats will host Northeastern University on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

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