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Women's Basketball: Career day for Kilpatrick, Gaston not enough against Bryant

The New Hampshire

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 22:12

Senior guard Kelsey Hogan tallied a season-high 17 points on 4 of 13 shooting. However, the Bryant University Bulldogs topped the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team 67-61 at the Chace Athletic Center Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats fall to 3-3 on the season while Bryant improves to 2-4, snapping a four-game losing streak in the non-conference contest. 

Hogan matched a career-high in three-pointers with four as all of her field goals made were from beyond the arc. 

Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (15) and junior guard Ariel Gaston (13) both registered career-high scoring efforts. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger paced the rebound effort with seven while chipping in 11 points.

The first half was closely contested, as each side did not have a lead greater than five points. Additionally, the score was tied five times and the lead was exchanged on 10 occurrences.

New Hampshire jumped out to a 7-3 lead to open the match. Bryant stormed back to take its first lead of the game with a 10-1 run to push the score up to 13-8 with 12:26 remaining in the first. The Wildcats were sharp from three-point range early as the ‘Cats hit their first four treys to keep pace with the Bulldogs. 

The Wildcats regained the lead at 21-20 as Belanger nailed a jumper with 8:52 left in the first half. UNH extended its lead to 25-22 with scoring contributions from Madi Rowan and Hogan. Despite that, Bryant closed out the first half on an 11-4 run to enter halftime with a 33-29 lead.

The Bulldogs continued to shoot efficiently from the floor as Bryant opened a 7-3 run in a span of 3:34 to start the second half. Trailing 40-32 with 16:26 remaining, New Hampshire cut the Bulldogs’ lead down to four, which was capped off by a Gaston trey with 13:55 left. 

Bryant pulled away again as a 14-6 run gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the match at 60-46 with 7:57 left in the half.

New Hampshire clawed back into the match, powered by a 13-point effort from Kilpatrick in the second frame to cut the deficit down to three at 64-61. 

With 1:55 left on the clock, Bryant fended off the late UNH surge in the expiring moments of the game. After a missed trey from Hogan, the Bulldogs countered with a layup to lead 66-61 with 41.7 seconds left. 

Another attempt from long-range by Hogan would rim out as the Bulldogs drew a foul on the ensuing rebound. Bryant would follow by tacking on a free throw with 18 seconds left. New Hampshire ran out of time, giving the Wildcats a 67-61 defeat.

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