BURLINGTON, VT - Junior guard May Kotsopoulos (Waterloo, Ontario) scored a team-high 21 points, including six three's, two shy of the single-game school record, to lead Vermont past New Hampshire, 70-48, before a crowd of 1,054 at Patrick Gymnasium in America East women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon.
The Catamounts have won six of their last seven and improve to 16-10 overall and 10-3 in America East. New Hampshire falls to 6-20 on the year and 4-8 in league play.
Vermont spotted UNH a 2-0 even before the tip after the Catamounts received a technical foul for an administrative error with the scorebook. The Wildcats scored off the tip and took a 4-0 lead to start the game. UVM responded with a 12-0 run over a stretch of 4:23 to gain a 12-4 lead with 15:22 left in the first half.
New Hampshire put together its own 11-3 run, capped by a three-pointer fro Chrissy Hall, to take a 20-17 lead with 6:52 remaining. However Vermont regained control of the momentum and closed the half with a 14-6 run to take a 31-26 advantage into the break.
After shooting 39.4 percent in the first half, the Catamounts came out to shoot 51.9 percent from the floor in the second half. UVM opened the second stanza with a 26-4 run to break away and held a 57-30 lead after a three-pointer by Kotsopoulos at the 9:54 mark of the half.
Kotsopoulos was 2-10 from the field and 1-4 from three-point range in the first half, but broke out of the slump with a 5-7 effort from the field in the second half with all her field goals from beyond the arc.
The Catamounts would maintain the comfortable lead the rest of the way to cruise to their 16th win of the year.
Amy Rosenkrantz (Tempe, Ariz.), Courtnay Pilypaitis (Ottawa, Ontario) and Sy Janousek (Chandler, Ariz.) combined for 39 points and 20 rebounds with Janousek's contributions coming off the bench.
The Catamounts scored 24 points off 21 UNH turnovers and finished the game shooting 45 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range.
Candace Williams led New Hampshire with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats shot 32.7 percent from the field and went 11-for-11 from the foul line.
Vermont returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Orono, Maine to take on the Black Bears at Alfond Arena at 7 p.m. UVM defeated Maine, 86-51, back on Jan. 21 at Patrick Gymnasium in the first meeting between the two teams.
---COURTESY VERMONT ATHLETICS
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