HAMILTON, N.Y. – Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded her eighth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was defeated 72-61 by Colgate University on Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court.
UNH, which shot 46.9% from the floor (including 2-for-13 from 3-point range), ends its non-conference slate with a 5-7 record. Colgate improved to 5-7.
Frame shot 8 of 12 from the floor to score a season-high 17 points and the 10 rebounds also marked a season high for the senior forward, who was named America East Player of the Game; it was her first double-double of the season. Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) added 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks while Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) netted nine points.
Colgate was led by Mariah Jones, who made 5 of 10 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points as well as six rebounds. Jhazmine Lynch (11 points) and Missy Repoli (10) also scored in double figures for the Raiders.
Kilpatrick opened the game scoring with a layup 10 seconds into the game and scored again from the blocks at 17:49 to give the 'Cats a 4-2 lead. Colgate took an 8-4 lead when Jones hit consecutive 3-pointers within a minute. UNH regained the lead, 9-8, on a traditional three-point play by Wells and another basket in the paint by Kilpatrick at 16:14.
Reed's runner on the left baseline gave New Hampshire a 13-12 lead at 13:52, but the Raiders went on an 8-0 run the next 4:38 to build a 20-13 advantage. Frame scored back-to-back baskets at 16:14 and 15:01 to lift the 'Cats within 20-17. Colgate responded with four consecutive points to reestablish a seven-point lead, 24-17.
Belanger hit a pair of free throws and Reed's turnaround jumper at the right elbow pulled the 'Cats within three points, 24-21, at 3:42. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Belanger both made two foul shots as the teams exchanged scores and Frame's layup with 42 seconds on the clock closed the first half scoring at 30-27 in favor of Colgate.
The Raiders opened the second half on a 6-0 run to build a nine-point edge of 36-27. Belanger drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to end the run and trim the deficit to 36-30. Following a defensive stop, Belanger caught Kelsey Hogan's (Nashua, N.H.) outlet pass on the left wing and hit a pull-up 15-footer in transition.
Following a Lauryn Kobiela 3-pointer that gave 'Gate a 39-32 lead, UNH scored five consecutive points on a two Hogan free throws, a Kilpatrick basket from the blocks and a Kilpatrick foul shot to close within two points, 39-37, at 14:28. Frame's basket at the left post once again made it a two-point game, 41-39, at 13:35.
The 'Cats had an opportunity to pull even on its next possession, but committed a turnover and then Jones hit a 3-pointer at the other end of the court. Frame responded with a layup on the right side to advance the score to 44-41 at12:22, but New Hampshire would get no closer the rest of the way.
Paige Kritcher and Lynch hit 3-pointers around a Frame free throw to push Colgate's advantage to 50-42 midway through the first half. Lulu Brase extended the lead to double digits, 52-42, with a sweeping hook shot in the middle of the lane at 9:36.
UNH called a 30-second timeout and Kilpatrick found Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) alone on the left blocks for a layup. Frame scored again from the left post at 7:59 to pull the 'Cats within 52-46. The Raiders made a pair of 3-pointers as part of an 8-2 spurt the next three minutes to build a 60-48 cushion.
Frame scored on a putback at 4:58 and Belanger utilized Frame's screen in transition to score a layup that sliced the deficit to 60-52 at 4:35. Following a defensive stop, Belanger's 3-pointer from the top-left side sailed off target.
The teams then exchanged 3-pointers – Reed netted UNH's – to push the score to 63-55 and, following one made Raiders' foul shot, Frame scored off another offensive rebound to close the game to 64-57 at 1:45.
Colgate made all eight free throws the rest of the way to secure the victory.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 2 (7 p.m.) for its America East conference opener at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats' next home game is Jan. 5 against Stony Brook University. It will mark the 1,000th game in program history and fans will be invited on the court to be part of the commemorative photo.