DURHAM, N.H., — The University of New Hampshire shot 40 percent from the field and withstood a handful of challenges from the University of Maine while posting a 65-53 America East women’s basketball victory Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Denise Beliveau tallied a game-high 16 points with seven rebounds to pace the Wildcats (15-12, 8-7 AE).
Junior Morgan Frame of Waterville provided 13 points, six rebounds and four steals for New Hampshire, while Kelley Flynn netted 11 points and Cari Reed added 10.
Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears (6-22, 3-12 AE), who suffered their fifth straight setback, were led by 13 points each from senior Brittany Williams and sopohomore Ashleigh Roberts.
Freshman Danielle Walczak, playing in her home state, registered 10 points and five rebounds for UMaine, which shot only 29 percent (15-for-51) from the field. The Bears did convert 20 of 27 free throws.
UNH went 20-for-28 from the foul line.
UMaine trailed 30-22 at halftime and continued to try playing catchup throughout the second half.
The Wildcats led 41-27 on a Frame free throw at the 14:03 mark, but the Bears and eventually got within five points (48-43) on a Corinne Wellington foul shot with 7:51 to play.
However, Frame scored the next four points from the foul line and UNH went 11-for-16 from the stripe in the half to maintain the upper hand.
UMaine returns to Orono for Saturday’s 2 p.m. regular-season finale against likely tournament opponent Stony Brook at Alfond Arena in Orono.