DURHAM, N.H. -- Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) poured in 16 points in 18 minutes to lift the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Wednesday evening's 54-38 win over intrastate foe Dartmouth College in non-conference action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The 'Cats outscored the Big Green 28-13 in the second half to secure the win.
The Wildcats even up at 4-4 overall, while Dartmouth falls to 1-6. New Hampshire is a perfect 2-0 at home this season.
For Kilpatrick the 16 points marks a career-high. She was 7-for-9 from the floor and added four rebounds and a pair of assists to garner the America East Player of the Game award. In addition, Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) tallied 11 points, while Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) added nine points.
New Hampshire was clinging to a 26-25 halftime lead and a 33-30 lead six minutes into the second half. The Wildcats went on a 22-4 run over the next 10 minutes to open up a 20-point lead and cruised to a 16-point victory. Kilpatrick scored eight of her game-high 16 during the run. The Wildcats were 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) from the floor in the half and limited the Big Green to just 4 of 21 (19.0 percent) shooting from the floor in the frame.
In the first half, Dartmouth scored the first seven points of the game and held a seven-point lead at 12-5 with 13:36 left in the half. New Hampshire went on a 12-0 run capped off by a Kilpatrick jumper to give the 'Cats a 17-12 lead at 8:11. UNH extended the lead to 21-14 with 6:06 remaining, but the Big Green answered with a 11-3 run to regain the lead at 25-24 with 51 second left in the half. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) made a layup with 19 seconds left in the half to give UNH the 26-25 lead at the break.
Both teams had 38 rebounds on the game. Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) tallied a career-high eight rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats. The eight boards matched teammate Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) for the game high.
UNH, which committed a season-low 10 turnovers, shot 36.2 percent for the game, while Dartmouth was limited to 29.2 percent from the field for the contest.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday, Dec. 9 (2 p.m.) against Central Connecticut State University. The game will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV locally and nationally on FOX College Sports Atlantic. Tickets to the CCSU game and all UNH games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.