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They lost another halftime lead-this time they were up 7. Learn, Hutch and Mookie all fouled out and as a team they committed 23 turnovers. I'm not sure if it's conditioning in the second half or the opponents are making adjustments the coaching staff isn't picking up on but I thought this team would be better than this.




Durham, N.H. – Senior Maren Matthias scored a game-high 18 points and collected eight rebounds to lead New Hampshire to a come-from-behind victory over Albany in the America East Conference opener for both teams on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.


New Hampshire (5-5, AE 1-0) trailed 30-23 at halftime, but came out firing in the second half as the Wildcats used a 13-2 run to tie the game at 36 with 13:15 remaining.


Matthias, who scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half, jumpstarted the Wildcats’ run with a layup underneath the basket with 18:56 to go. Five Wildcat players scored during that span, including rookie Salee-Marie Johnson, whose three-pointer from the baseline tied the game.


Matthias, who shot 8-for-10 from the floor, gave her team its first lead of the game since the Wildcats led 5-3 in the first half on a jumper in the lane with 12:44 left on the clock for a 38-36 advantage.


Albany (3-7, AE 0-1) tied up the game for the fourth and final time at 41-all on sophomore Jen Schumacher’s baseline jumper with 7:33 to go in the second period.


New Hampshire, who scored 22 points off of 23 Albany turnovers, took control of the contest with a 16-6 run for a 59-47 lead with 1:20 remaining. Sophomore Emily Hardy and freshman Danielle Clark each scored seven points during that stretch. The Wildcats finished the game making 12 of their final 14 free throws.


In the first half, the Great Danes scored 12 unanswered points to take an early 12-5 lead with 12:28 to go before intermission. Sophomore Becky Ayers, who scored a team-high 13 points, ignited the run on a three-pointer from the left side. After New Hampshire cut the lead to five at 19-14, Albany responded with a 6-1 spurt to take its biggest lead of the contest at 25-15 on a jumper by junior Maree Jones, who matched a career-high with 13 rebounds, with 5:14 left in the first period.


"We had a positive first half," stated Albany coach Trina Patterson, who saw three of her starters foul out. "We were in a position to really move forward, but the foul trouble in the second half hurt us at the end of the game."


Ebony Woods added 11 points for the Wildcats, while Schumacher contributed 10 points for the Great Danes.


Albany opens the home portion of its America East schedule on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m when they take on the Huskies of Northeastern.

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