By John Painter
The Raiders improved to 5-7 overall and 4-1 at home thanks to Jones’ 25 points – seven more than her career high set twice last season. Jones over the previous three games had scored just three total points.
“Today, my teammates were finding me,” Jones said. “I was open and just stepping back and hitting the shot. My first one went in so I just kept shooting.”
Jones connected on her first two 3-pointers and finished with five from long distance to tie her career high. The Raiders were 9-of-24 from downtown, including an impressive 7-of-17 in the second half.
“Those were huge threes,” Colgate head coach Nicci Hays Fort said. “Paige (Kriftcher) had a huge three, C-Lew (Catherine Lewis) had a huge three, Mariah obviously had a couple and Lauryn (Kobiela) hit one.
“We did hit some huge, huge shots down the stretch, and we were able to get stops as well.”
Colgate held New Hampshire’s Cari Reed to nearly four points below her team-leading average of 12.8. Reed finished with nine points.
For the Raiders, Jhazmine Lynch scored 11 to become the 19th player in program history to top 1,000 career points.
“Finally!” Lynch said “I’ve just been trying to find my shot when it’s open and not trying to force anything.”
Kelly Reid added 10 points for the winners and tied Jones for rebounding honors with six. New Hampshire (5-7) was led by Morgan Frame with 17, Kaylee Kilpatrick 13 and Elizabeth Belanger 11.
Colgate finished the game with a season high 17 free throws made – out of 20 attempts – and a season-low 10 turnovers against 14 assists.
The Raiders host NJIT on Thursday in their final home non-conference tilt. Start time is 7 p.m.
Colgate 72, New Hampshire 61
New Hampshire (5-7): Kaylee Kilpatrick 13, Kelsey Hogan 2, Morgan Frame 17, Cari Reed 9, Lauren Wells 5, Ariel Gaston 2, Elizabeth Belanger 11, Jilliane Friel 2. Totals: 23-13-61.
Colgate (5-7): Lauryn Kobiela 9, Mariah Jones 25, Lulu Brase 5, Kelly Reid 10, Missy Repoli 2, Jhazmine Lynch 11, Catherine Lewis 3, Paige Kriftcher 3, Josie Stockill 2, Carole Harris 2.Totals: 23-17-72.
3-Point Field Goals: New Hampshire 2 (Reed, Belanger); Colgate 9 (Jones 5, Kobiela, Lynch, Lewis, Kriftcher).
Halftime: Colgate 30-27.