UNH Outlasts Women's Basketball in Overtime, 77-74

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kristen Anderson's 30 points paced the New Hampshire Wildcats (5-7) to a 77-74 overtime victory over Brown (5-7) at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday night. 

 

The Bears dropped its second overtime contest in as many games, falling to Alabama State in overtime at the Georgia Tech Holiday Invitational on Monday.

 

Senior co-captain Lauren Clarke (Colts Neck, N.J.) netted a career-high 28 points, including all eight Brown points in overtime to lead the Bears on Friday. 

 

Sophie Bikofsky (Newton, Mass.) deposited 14 points while Jordin Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) continued her strong play with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field.  The sophomore has averaged 12.6 points per game over her last three contests.

 

Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Alexander each pulled in a team-high six boards

 

The Bears began the game dialed in from long distance as they connected on five of their first six attempts from behind the arc in the opening six minutes.

 

After extending its lead to 21-13 on the strength of an 8-0 run, UNH clawed its way back and eventually took a lead on Kristen Anderson's trey with 4:52 left in the half.  The Wildcats kept pace on the strength of a 65-percent shooting performance from the field in the first half (13-of-20).

 

Paced by Bikofsky's 12 points and Alexander's 11 points in the opening 20 minutes, the Bears and Wildcats entered the locker room in a 38-38 deadlock.

 

The Wildcats carried a lead for the majority of the second half, leading by as many as seven with under five minutes to play before the Bears mounted a rally.  Sophie Beutel's (Toronto, Ont.) layup cut the deficit to two with 1:56 to play.  Wellington's free throws with 26 seconds to play knotted the score at 66.

 

After a defensive stand, the Bears inbounded to Clarke with three seconds left.  Clarke's heave just over mid-court banked in at the buzzer for an apparent victory, but the officials waved off the basket after a lengthy replay.

 

In overtime, Anderson tallied nine of the 11 UNH points to grab a one-point cushion with 10 seconds to play.  Clarke's drive to the lane and subsequent layup rimmed out with 1.5 on the clock.  The Wildcats salted the game away with two free throws to leave Pizzitola with a 77-74 win.

 

The Bears will return to action on Monday for a special matinee against Vermont at 11:30 a.m.