UNH Women’s Basketball: Tough Stretch For Wildcats Continues With Two Games Left


Nick Menounos , Sports Writer

It was a tough week again for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats Women’s Basketball team (7-19, 2-12), as they dropped three consecutive games this week. This leaves the ‘Cats at a conference record of 2-12, and a 7-19 record overall.

Their troubles began Monday, as they faced off against their rival the University of Maine in the border battle. The Wildcats started off strong, as they took a 12-10 lead to close the first quarter behind Brook Kane’s seven points. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would fall apart late in the second quarter, as Maine would go on a 17-6 run right before the half. Adara Groman would go off for 9 points in the quarter, bringing UNH to within four entering the fourth quarter. The offense would stall out, as the Wildcats would only score six points in the final period, on 18% shooting and zero made threes. Adriana Smith led the way for Maine, recording a 24 point and 12 rebound double double. Avery O’Connor and Adara Groman were the only Wildcats to reach double figures in a 56-45 loss.

The Wildcats offensive struggles continued into Wednesday against UVM. After taking an early 12-3 lead in the first quarter, the Catamounts would go on to score 17 out of the next 20 points. A three point second quarter marked a season low for the Wildcats, shooting at just over nine percent from the field during the period. Once the Wildcats gave up the lead, they never got it back, leading to an eventual 43-36 loss. Delaney Richason led the Catamounts in scoring with 15 points. Avery O’Connor led the Wildcats in scoring for the second time this week totaling 12 points in her 29 minutes. The 36 total points on 28% shooting are both season lows for the Wildcats.

The win for UVM marked their 11th in a row, putting them one game out of first place in the AE conference. The loss for the Wildcats kept them near the bottom. 

Saturday didn’t fare much better for the Wildcats as they lost by 47 points down in Baltimore to UMBC. Adara Groman was the only Wildcat to reach double figures with 18 points. The loss marked the fourth straight loss for UNH.

The Wildcats 2-12 conference record and 7-19 record overall currently put them tied for last place in America East with Bryant and UMass Lowell. UNH will have a rematch with Maine in Orono on Wednesday night at 7pm and then will finish the regular season on Saturday back home in Durham against UMass Lowell for Senior Day.

Photo Courtesy of UNH Athletics