Wells boosts UNH to win
Women's basketball senior guard Lauren Wells, who has endured a frustrating season so far, broke through on Sunday afternoon when she rolled in a layup with 27 seconds to go, putting the University of New Hampshire Wildcats up over Cornell, 57-56. Senior guard Cari Reed added two free throws, lifting New Hampshire past Cornell with a final score of 59-56.
Wells played her second consecutive game coming off of the bench, with freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger taking the starting position. While Belanger played 36 minutes and registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Wells chipped in 24 minutes and nine points.
Sophomore guard Ariel Gaston also got the start, joining guards Reed and Belanger in the Wildcats smaller starting lineup of three guards and two forwards.
Gaston, however, only played 12 minutes, opening things up for Wells, who played the majority of the second half, stepping on the court 2:32 in and never leaving the game after.
The win over Cornell is the Wildcats' third of the year, giving UNH a record of 3-1. The lone loss came last Tuesday in a close fought match with Boston College.
New Hampshire trailed for the majority of the first half, but broke through at the beginning of the second half. The 10-0 run was started by a layup made by senior forward Morgan Frame. Belanger then followed up with a jump shot 90 seconds later.
Reed got in on the action with a layup, with the assist by Belanger. Senior captain Kelsey Hogan put the exclamation point on the run with a sensational three-pointer. Belanger then made a free throw and missed the next.
The momentum would not last, as the Eagles pulled away in the last minute coupled with some untimely misses by the Wildcats, specifically free throw misses by Belanger and a couple of three-pointers that were wide by Hogan.
Hogan, who logged 38 minutes in the loss to BC, did not play in the Cornell game on Sunday. It is unknown if this is due to injury or another reason.
The Wildcats will next take the court on Wednesday at Harvard. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Harvard is 4-2 on the season, including 1-0 at home. Last year, Harvard finished 18-12, including a win at UNH, 69-62.
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