DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team held its annual awards banquet Thursday evening at the Alumni Center on the UNH campus. At the event, junior Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player, sophomore Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) recevied the Best Defensive Player award, while freshman Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Senior Emily Caschera (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) was the recipient of the Coaches' Award.

Matthias, an America East first-team all-conference selection in 2002-03, led the Wildcats in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg) for the second-straight season. She notched a school-record 14 double-doubles (points-rebounds) during the season, and was a two-time America East Player of the Week honoree. She also became just the third UNH player in school history to record 500 points and 250 rebounds in a single season, and also became just the fourth player to record her 1,000th career point during her junior year.

Adams, despite missing six games due to injury, ranked third on the 'Cats in scoring, putting in 10.2 points per game, while shooting 43.9% from behind the three-point arc to lead America East. Her 21 steals placed her third on the team. She was just one of three sophomores to be named America East Player of the Week in 2002-03, and New Hampshire closed out the regular season by winning five of its final seven regular season games after Adams returned to the starting lineup.

Woods appeared in 21 of 29 games this season, including each of the final 15. She averaged 3.8 ppg over the final 15 contests, including netting a season-high 11 points at Stony Brook on February 2. For the season Woods shot 44.9% from the floor, 37.5% from beyond the arc and 76.9% from the free throw line.

A tri-captain in 2002-03, Caschera started 28 of 29 games and was second on the squad in assists (93) and tops in three-point percentage (44.7%). She registered at least five assists on eight separate occasions, and went 4-4 from three-point land and totaled a career-high 12 points in a late season overtime win over Stony Brook.

The Wildcats also named Matthias and classmate Sarah Rappoport (Herndon, Va.) as co-captains for the 2003-04 season Thursday night. Rappoport appeared in 23 games this past season and netted a career-high 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor against St. Francis (N.Y.) on December 10.

UNH closed out the 2002-03 season by winning five of its final seven games during the regular season to claim the No. 4 seed in the America East tournament. There, the 'Cats posted a convincing 70-57 win over fifth-seeded Stony Brook in the quarterfinals to advance to the conference semifinals for the second-straight season.

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