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Women's Basketball Nipped at New Hampshire, 61-54
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (2-19, 1-7 America East) dropped a 61-54 decision at New Hampshire (8-12, 3-5 AE) on Tuesday evening. For the second-straight game the Black Bears had four-scorers in double-figures as they were led by Corinne Wellington's (Rochester, N.Y.) season-high 14 points and seven rebounds.
Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) added 12 points while Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) and Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) each netted 10. The Black Bears shot 23-for-55 from the field (41.8%) and were outrebounded 41-35.
Cari Reed and Kaylee Kilpatrick each tallied 16 to pace the Wildcat attack.
New Hampshire raced out to an early 14-4 lead after a 3-for-3 start, including a pair of three-point shots from Reed. The Black Bears answered with an extended 8-2 run to cut the Wildcat lead to just four.
Anderson began the run with a baseline jumper. Anderson pulled down a rebound on the opposite end and rushed down the floor, finding Wellington ahead of the pack for a fastbreak bucket. Following a New Hampshire make, Anderson knocked down another jumper to keep Maine within six. The Black Bears completed their run when Roberts sent a bullet pass from the top of the key down to the right block to Wellington for two, cutting the lead to 22-18 with just under five minutes to play in the opening half.
New Hampshire increased its lead to seven on a three from Elizabeth Belanger. Maine again chipped into the lead after a dribble drive layin from Roberts but a late Wildcat bucket gave them a 31-24 lead at the break.
Roberts and Wood each totaled six points to lead Maine, which shot 48.0%, in the opening half.
Trailing 39-29 early in the second half, the Black Bears capitalized on a 10-0 run to tie things at 39-39.
Danielle Walczak's (Lee, N.H.) turn around in the paint started the stretch for Maine. After a free throw by Roberts, Wood forced a steal at midcourt and raced down court for two. Following a Black Bear miss, Walczak ripped down an offensive board. Maine worked the ball inside to Wellington who hit a shot in the paint while drawing a foul. After a made free throw from Wellington, Roberts' dribble drive ended in a layup as Maine battled all the way back to knot the score with just over 13-minutes to play in the half.
Following the tie, New Hampshire answered with an extended 13-4 run over the next eight minutes to lead 52-43 with just over five-minutes to play.
The Black Bears continued to chip away as a 5-2 run brought the score to 54-48 after a free throw from Roberts and back-to-back makes from Wood and Wellington.
Maine kept the pressure on but could not cut any futher into the Wildcat lead as New Hampshire would take the game by a score of 61-54.
Maine returns to the hardwood on Feb. 2 as it starts the second half of the America East campaign when it hosts UMBC at 12 PM.