WORCESTER, Mass. – New Hampshire senior guard Cari Reed drilled the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to propel the Wildcats to a 68-65 comeback victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center this afternoon. New Hampshire improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Crusaders slip to 1-2 overall.
With 10:30 remaining in the second half, Holy Cross held a comfortable 54-43 advantage over the Wildcats. Over the next 5:46, New Hampshire would embark on a 14-2 scoring run, which allowed them to grab the 57-56 lead with 4:44 on the clock. Wildcats' Morgan Frame accounted for nine of the 14 points during the spurt.
During the final minutes of the contest, the two teams traded baskets before New Hampshire would gain the 65-61 edge with 59 seconds left. Holy Cross sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) would sink both free throws after she was fouled with 40 ticks on the clock.
After a Holy Cross timeout, freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) forced a turnover as she took a charging foul at the 0:31 mark. Just four seconds later, Parker hit a jumper in the paint to knot the score at 65-65. Then with three seconds on the clock, Reed hit the clinching trey from the top of the circle to win the contest for the Wildcats.
Both teams remained fairly close in the first half, as HC held its largest lead of the stanza (8-2) at the 17:02 mark. UNH would go up 15-12 with just under 12 minutes in the half, before the Crusaders would grab the lead back, and head into the locker room at intermission on top, 32-29.
Holy Cross began the second half on a 7-2 run over the first 1:30 of action and pushed ahead 39-31. New Hampshire worked the deficit down to 43-39 (14:27 – 2nd), before the Crusaders would go on an 11-4 rally, setting up the UNH comeback. Scott and junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored four points each during the stretch.
Smith led Holy Cross with 16 points as she connected on 50 percent of her three-pointers (4-of-8). Junior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) scored 12 points to go along with a team-best seven assists and a career-high five steals. Scott tallied career-bests with 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists in her first collegiate start, while junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored 11 and collected seven caroms, which was best on the team. Reed led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Frame had a total of 17 in the game.
Both squads shot well from the field as Holy Cross connected on 51 percent of its shots (25-of-49) and New Hampshire hit 47.5 percent (29-of-61). The Crusaders hit six of their 14 shots from behind the arc, good for 42.9 percent.
UNH held advantages in total rebounds (31-24), offensive caroms (13-6), second chance points (16-4), and points in the paint (38-30). Holy Cross led in points off turnovers (20-18) and fast break points (9-2).
The Crusaders will end their four-game home stand on Tuesday, November 20 as they take on Ivy-League opponent Harvard at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.