BOSTON - For the second-straight season, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team is seeded sixth in the America East women's basketball championship to be held March 7-10 at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt. The spot earns the Wildcats a first-round bye and they will face third-seeded Vermont on Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

UNH finished with a record of 8-10 in America East, including victories in three of their final four regular-season games. The Wildcats are led by junior Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) who is averaging 12.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) ranks second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and recently established a school record for three-pointers in a season (50). Kelly Donohue (Rochester, N.H.) is ranked second in America East and first on the team in assists (4.7 apg).

UVM, the host school, currently rides a six-game winning streak and owns two victories over the 'Cats this season (71-52 on Feb. 4 at UNH and 70-60 on March 1 at UVM). The Catamounts are led by sophomore Morgan Hall who is averaging 14.7 ppg. Vermont is 17-10 overall and 13-5 in the league.

UNH and Vermont have squared off in the conference tournament three times, with the Catamounts emerging victorious each time. The last time was in 1997, when UVM handed the Wildcats a 63-60 loss in the semifinals at Patrick Gym.

Should the Wildcats advance, they would face either No. 2 Drexel or the winner of Wednesday's No. 7 Northeastern/No. 10 Towson matchup. Delaware is the top seed with a 17-1 league mark.

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