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February 26. 2014 11:09PM

Tough loss

UNH women can’t snap Albany’s basketball winning streak

UNH's Kristen Anderson, against Albany's Erin Coughlin, left, and Margarita Rosario in Durham on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

DURHAM — The University at Albany held off New Hampshire and continued its domination of America East women’s basketball with a 60-47 win on Wednesday night in Lundholm Gymnasium.

But the Wildcats gave the Great Danes a run this time. Albany ran UNH out of the gym, 88-47, in Albany in late January.

“We were just talking about that,” said UNH coach Maureen Magarity. “I didn’t take anything out of that game, except that Albany was very, very good. This time, we were right there. We didn’t have a good shooting night and we’re very capable of shooting well.”

The Great Danes are still very good.

They answered UNH’s challenges and locked up the America East regular season championship with the win. They improved to 25-3 overall, are a perfect 15-0 in the league and have now won 38 consecutive games against league teams.

UNH is tied for second place in the league with Stony Brook and will be either the second or third seed for the America East tournament, which will be held March 7-10 at Albany.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, senior guard Kelsey Hogan had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists and freshman guard Kristen Anderson came off the bench for six assists and three rebounds.

Megan Craig, Albany’s 6-foot-9 junior, had six points and 10 rebounds and UNH managed to get her in foul trouble. Shereesha Richards had 16 points.

Albany stretched its 26-24 halftime lead to 35-28 early in the second half, but UNH stuck around and got within 39-37 on a Belanger three-pointer and Hogan foul shot with 9:24 to go.

The Great Danes pulled away with a 9-0 run and UNH never got closer than eight again.

The Wildcats trailed 21-10 with 9:10 left in the first half — shades of the game in Albany. UNH was down 46-20 at the half in that one.

This time, the Wildcats rallied, went on an 11-2 run to tighten things up and got to within two at the break.

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