DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded a double-double by matching a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 69-58 in Sunday afternoon's non-conference matchup at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) reached double digit points for the second consecutive game with 14 points for UNH. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) earned seven points and seven rebounds in the loss.
BU was led offensively by senior guard Danielle Callahan with 17 points. Classmate and forward Rashidat Agboola notched 14 points while snagging nine boards. Freshman guard Sarah Hope pitched in 11 points and was 3 of 9 from 3-point range.
New Hampshire shot 23 of 63 (36.5 percent) from the floor and was 10 of 27 (37 percent) from 3-point range. Boston University went 22 of 61 (36 percent) from the field and 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Terriers were 10 of 13 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line. The Wildcats posted a 68.4 percentage from the charity stripe on 13 of 19 attempts. New Hampshire owned the rebound advantage by a plus-three margin of 44-41.
A minute and a half of scoreless action was broken by the Terriers when Melissa Gallo hit a three-point jumper. UNH retaliated with a low-post basket from Coia followed by a trey from Hogan to take a 5-2 lead at 16:51.
The two teams exchanged baskets for the next minute and a half before BU would jump out to a 12-7 lead at 14:17 of the first half. Coia would lead the 'Cats on another retaliatory charge scoring five points in 30 seconds to tie the score at 12-12.
The teams continued to swap baskets, until Hogan hit a 3-pointer off an inbound play following a hard foul by Whitney Turner to give the Wildcats a 21-20 edge at 6:50. The Terriers responded by stringing together six points, initiated by a 3-pointer from Clodagh Scannell. Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) put an end to UNH's scoring drought at 3:38 with a free throw.
Coia scored the final basket of the half with eight seconds on the clock to cut the Terrier led to five, while claiming a team-leading 11 points.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with 2 minutes, 36 seconds of scoreless action, this time being broken by a Coia layup. Despite a basket from Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick), BU put together back-to-back treys from Callahan and Hope to grab a 42-33 lead at 15:49 of the second.
Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) came into the second half scoring four of UNH's first eight points in the half. Coia notched the next four points for the Wildcats followed by an Anderson 3-pointer to outscore the visitors 7-3 over three minutes. Hogan would follow up with a jumper to bring the home team within three at 11:38.
In three minutes, the Terriers strung together a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 55-49 with 6:56 left in the second half. Gaston helped UNH end the streak by corralling the rebound on a shot from Belanger and connecting on the second chance shot. Coia followed suit by capitalizing on a missed layup by Kilpatrick and then converting the and-one to 57-52 in favor of BU at 4:32.
In spite of that, the Terriers wrapped up the final minutes of the game, outscoring the 'Cats 12-6 to bring the final score to 69-58.
New Hampshire returns to action with back-to-back Ivy League matchups. The Wildcats travel to Brown University for an away contest on Friday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.) UNH returns home to face Yale on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) for its last non-conference game of the season. Tickets for the game are available online at www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.