PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team lost 50-43 to Brown University in Sunday afternoon's consolation game of the Brown Basketball Classic at Pizzitola Sports Center.
UNH, which recorded a 43-28 edge in rebounds, slips to 3-4 on the season while Brown improves to 3-5.
Reed, who led all players in both points and rebounds, shot 8-for-17 from the floor, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, and made both foul shots to garner America East Player of the Game and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. No other Wildcat scored more than five points as Reed's teammates combined to make 10 of 38 field goal attempts and score 22 points.
Lauren Clarke (16 points, three assists, four steals), Sophie Bikofsky (15 points, six rebounds) and Lindsay Nickel (10 points, four steals) led Brown.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as UNH led 3-0 six minutes into the game on Reed's 3-pointer at 18:09. The Wildcats inched ahead 5-0 on a jumper by Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) at 13:24 and then another Kilpatrick jump shot on the next possession extended the advantage to 7-0. At the other end of the court, Reed pulled down a defensive rebound and then she hit another 3-pointer to give the 'Cats a 10-0 lead at 11:55.
The Bears were still scoreless at the second media timeout of the game at 11:23 and finally scored at 10:07 when Nickel hit a 3-pointer. UNH responded with a layup by Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) but Nickel answered with a jumper to advance the score to 12-5 at 9:29.
Brown closed within 12-10 on a Jordin Alexander basket at 7:56 and Bikofsky 3-pointer at 6:45. Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) and Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) scored consecutive buckets to push New Hampshire's lead to 16-10 at 5:45, but Bikofsky drilled a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to three points on the Bears' next possession and she hit another shot from beyond the 3-point arc to tie the score, 16-16, at 2:49.
UNH took an 18-16 lead into halftime when Reed hit a layup with one second remaining in the half.
Brown opened the second half on a 7-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 23-20, on a Bikofsky 3-pointer at 17:29. Reed's jumper and a pair of free throws put the 'Cats back in front, 24-23, at 14:37.
Clarke, who scored all of her points in the second half, scored the next six points of the game on a pair of 3's to give the home team a 29-24 advantage at 11:59. UNH forged the fifth tie of the game following a layup by Reed and Belanger's 3-pointer at 9:19.
Clarke's layup put Brown back in front, but the Wildcats responded with baskets by Reed and Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) to regain the lead 33-31, at 7:36.
The Bears went on a 9-0 run to build a lead of seven points, 40-33, at 4:16. Reed's layup ended UNH's drought and lifted the 'Cats within 40-35 at 3:58, but Brown outscored the visitors 5-2 spanning the next 1:45 to create its largest lead of the game – eight points.
Reed's third 3-pointer of the game trimmed the deficit to 45-40 with two minutes remaining, but the 'Cats missed their next three shots and committed a turnover as Brown pushed the score to 48-40 with 27 seconds on the clock.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) hit a 3-pointer to lift UNH within 48-43 with 14 seconds to play and then Alexander missed a pair of free throws. The Wildcats committed a turnover, however, and Clarke made her foul shots with six seconds remaining to close the scoring.
Brown, which shot just 25% from the floor in the first half, made 10 of 21 field goal attempts (47.6%) in the second half and that included 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 5 (5:30 p.m.) at home against Dartmouth College in the first game of a women's and men's doubleheader at Lundholm Gym