DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her first double-double of the season on 14 points and 11 rebounds as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team topped Colgate University 63-58 at Lundholm Gymnasium Monday evening.
The Wildcats snap a two game skid as their record improves to 3-2 in the non-conference matchup while Colgate drops to 1-4.
Following the conclusion of the game, Coia was named America East Player of Game.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) paced the 'Cats in scoring with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field. Additionally, the co-captain was 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was 4 of 10 from the floor as the guard registered 11 points. Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) recorded a career-high 11 points coming off the bench.
New Hampshire shot 12 of 31 from the field to record a .323 field goal percentage. The Raiders logged a .387 field goal percentage on 24 of 62 shooting from the floor. UNH held the advantage on the boards with a 45-41 edge. Colgate forced 18 turnovers while conceding 15. The Raiders were 15 of 17 (88.2 percent) from the charity stripe while UNH was 13 of 19 (68.4 percent) from the foul line.
Both teams started slow to open the game as the score stood at 3-2 in favor of the Wildcats at 14:22. After trailing 11-10 with 11:43 remaining in the opening frame, the 'Cats and Raiders scoring remained closely contested as the first half featured five lead changes and five times the score was tied. Coia broke the deadlock score at 19 with 3:06 remaining. The 6-4 forward pulled down an offensive board off a missed Hogan jumper to tally a layup to start an 8-4 run to close the half.
Leading 27-23 entering the second half, Colgate would cut down the four-point deficit to just one in a span of 50 seconds. After conceding a Hogan layup, the Raiders forced a pair of turnovers, which converted into five quick points to trail 29-28. However, the Wildcats would pull away again with an 8-1 powered by four points from the Coia in the paint. The run would produce the largest lead of the night at 37-29.
The Raiders would be advantageous of four UNH turnovers as Colgate erased its eight-point deficit to take its first lead since the first half at 46-44 with 8:40 remaining.
After exchanging layups, the Wildcats would recapture to lead on a 10-2 run capped of by back-to-back treys from Hogan and Anderson to lead 56-50 with 2:56 showing on the clock.
Colgate did not fade away quietly as the Raiders were able to draw fouls and get into the bonus. The Raiders would sink six straight free throws as the score stood at 57-56 with 40 seconds remaining. New Hampshire countered by drawing fouls as well and getting to the line. Anderson would visit the foul line twice while Belanger reached the charity stripe once. The tandem was a perfect 6-for-6 as the 'Cats was able to hold on by a score of 63-58.
New Hampshire returns to the court on Sunday, Dec. 1 as UNH visits Bryant University for a non-conference game. The Bulldogs and 'Cats are set to tip off at 1 p.m. UNH plays its next home game on Wednesday, Dec. 4 against Howard at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.