Women's Basketball: Wildcats drop first game at home
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 00:12
On Wednesday night the UNH woman’s basketball played host to Howard University in an out of conference battle. The Wildcats fell to the Bison 45-40.
The game was close early in the first half as each team traded the lead five times in the first six minutes. At the ten minute mark Howard led the Wildcats 14-12 led by Te’Shya Heslip with five points, two rebounds, and two assists. UNH tied it at 18 at the 5:28 mark off two straight baskets by sophomore Elizabeth Belanger. UNH then took its first lead of the game at 20-18 as UNH junior Kendall Martenet converted a layup. Two Cheyenne Brown free throws brought the game to a tie at 20 to end the first half.
Each team struggled from the field during the first half. UNH shot 30% and made two three pointers on 10 tries while Howard shot 28% and attempted and made one three-point attempt. Corinna Coia led the Wildcats with six first half points and two assists. Ariel Gaston chipped in with three points and six rebounds. For Howard, Brown had six points, and five rebounds.
Twelve first half fouls plagued the Wildcats. Howard converted seven free throws off those fouls, keeping the game close.
The second half started much like the first with each team not being able to put a run together. After eight minutes of play the score was 26-24 with Howard holding a two-point lead. Two baskets from Coia and one from Kaylee Kilpatrick pushed the UNH lead to 36-30, the largest lead by either team in the game. Howard responded with a layup by Victoria Gonzalez and a three-pointer by Shavonne Duckett. With five minutes to go the Wildcats clung to a one-point lead. Two free throws by Gonzalez tied the game with 3:36 to go. Howard took the lead 39-37 on a jump shot by Aaliyah Wilson. Two free throws by Heslip with 12.7 seconds left sealed the deal.
Both UNH and Howard shot 32% from the field in the second half. The difference came in the free throws, with Howard getting fifteen points while the Wildcats only got three.
The loss drops the Wildcats to a record of 3-4, while Howard improves to 3-6. The Wildcats next game will be on the road at Dartmouth on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.