VESTAL, N.Y. – Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) scored 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Saturday afternoon's 60-52 America East conference victory against Binghamton University at the Events Center.
UNH, which shot 43.5% from the floor while holding the home team to 31.6% and recording a 44-29 rebounding advantage, improved to 7-12 overall and 2-5 in America East. Binghamton fell to 3-17, 2-5.
Frame shot 8-for-14 from the floor and made 7 of 8 free throws to account for her season-high 23 points. She also recorded four assists, three steals and one block en route to being named UNH's America East Player of the Game. It marked the second consecutive game she matched her career high of four assists.
Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) made 3 of 5 3-pointers and went 5-for-6 from the foul line the closing minutes to help secure the victory and finish with 14 points as well as six rebounds. Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) finished with eight points, a career-high 12 rebounds, two blocks and one steal.
The Bearcats were led by Vaneeshia Paulk (17 points, six rebounds) and Jasbriell Swain (11 points, seven steals, three assists).
UNH built a 6-0 lead in the opening 2:30 of the game as Kilpatrick and Frame scored on the left blocks, then Frame stole the ball at halfcourt and scored on a layup at 17:30 to force Binghamton to call time out.
The Bearcats went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-6 lead at 14:49, but Frame and Kilpatrick scored baskets in the paint to put UNH back in front, 10-7, at 13:49 – Binghamton never pulled even or held the lead thereafter. Vaneeshia Paulk pulled the home team within a point, but the Wildcats utilized a 9-0 spurt the next five minutes to extend the advantage to 18-9 at 8:50. Frame made three layups, the last of which she muscled past and over a pair of defenders, in that span.
Kara Elofson ended the run to trim the deficit to 18-11 at 7:41, but Reed answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner to give New Hampshire its largest lead of the half, 21-11, at 5:59. A 6-0 Bearcats' run made the score 21-17 before Kilpatrick's bucket on the left blocks extended the advantage to six points at 4:20. Simone Thomas netted a field goal at 1:01 and a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining in the half to pull within one point. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) drove the left baseline and hit a pull-up jumper with five seconds on the clock to give UNH a 25-22 lead heading into halftime.
New Hampshire opened the second half on an 11-4 run to extend the lead to double digits, 36-26, at 14:19. Frame recorded four points, one rebound and two assists during that spurt.
The Bearcats pulled within 39-33 at 9:37, but UNH went on a 9-0 spurt the next two minutes to build its largest lead of the game, 48-33. The game-deciding surge started when Elofson was whistled for a technical foul and Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) hit the ensuing two free throws. Kilpatrick then scored on a putback, Frame hit both ends of a 1-and-1 at the foul line and Reed drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Wildcats a 15-point advantage.
Binghamton battled back with a 13-3 run to close within 51-46 at 3:36. Frame hit two free throws at 3:13 and then she set up Belanger's layup at 2:27 that quickly gave UNH a 55-46 lead.
UNH held a 55-48 advantage with 1:30 remaining and hit 5 of 6 foul shots the next minute to keep the home 'Cats at bay and advance the score to 60-52 with 41 seconds to play.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 29 at home against interstate rival University of Maine. Game time for "White out Lundholm Gym" is 7 p.m.