DURHAM, N.H. – Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) broke out for a career-high 35 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Saturday afternoon's 71-68 overtime victory against Stony Brook University in the Wildcats' America East opener at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH upped its record to 7-7, 1-0 AE with its third straight win; Stony Brook lost for just the second time in eight games to slip to 10-5, 1-1 in America East. New Hampshire shot 23 of 55 (41.8 percent) from the field and was 5 of 20 (25.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Stony Brook netted 25 of 68 (36.8 percent) from the floor and tallied 4 of 21 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) also reached double digits in scoring with 12 points while chipping in six rebounds.
Junior forward Sabre Proctor led the Seawolves with 25 points while senior guard Chikilra Goodman pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
New Hampshire and Stony Brook entered the overtime period, even at 63. After conceding a jumper to Proctor, Hogan was able to tie the score again with a jumper of her own. The senior co-captain was able to draw fouls to reach the line on three occasions. Hogan went 12 of 14 overall from the free throw line and notched all six of her free throws to lead the 'Cats to the 71-68 victory.
The Seawolves and Wildcats opened the game at 11 apiece after the first media timeout. UNH was able to pull ahead on a 10-2 run over a span of 6 minutes, 52 seconds, leading 21-13 with 3:55 left in the first half.
New Hampshire padded its lead to 35-19 in the waning moments of the first half, as Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) and Hogan drained consecutive treys. Hogan and Frankenberger added two points apiece to give the Wildcats a 39-24 at halftime.
Stony Brook was unable to cut into the deficit initially in the second half, trailing 49-35 with 12:35 remaining in the frame. However, the Seawolves were able to narrow the Wildcats' lead down to four with contributions from Kim Hanlon, Brittany Snow and Proctor at 52-48.
Kaylee Kilpatrick's (Saint John, New Brunswick) layup, which was followed by a Hogan trey, increased the UNH lead to seven at 58-51 with 5:09 left on the clock. In spite of the 'Cats surge, the Seawolves compiled an 8-1 run to deadlock the score at 59 all with four minutes to go in the second half.
After each side exchanged a pair of free throws, Coia was able to get to the glass and net a layup to give the 'Cats a 63-61 edge. The Seawolves opted for a 30-second timeout with 47 seconds left in the half. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman evened the score again with a layup of her own with 21 seconds left in the frame. Stony Brook was able to force a turnover with two seconds, giving the Seawolves the last shot of regulation. However, the last-minute trey could not find the basket, sending the game into overtime.
The Seawolves struck first in extra time, giving Stony Brook its first lead of the match at 65-63. Hogan retaliated with a jumper of her own to bring the score to even terms again. New Hampshire was able to earn a defensive stop on the ensuing possession on a jump ball that was ensued by a pair of Hogan free throws.
Stony Brook's next possession saw Proctor going to the charity stripe to net 1 of 2 attempts. Each side would hinder the opponents' offenses until the last minute of as Hogan was sent to the free throw line again. Hogan went 4-for-4, giving the Cats' a three-point edge en route to the 71-68 win.
New Hampshire starts a two-game road trip with an America East match against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (12 p.m.). The Wildcats next home game will be Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.), as UNH hosts the University of Vermont Catamounts. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.