DURHAM, N.H.--Three members of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team were honored at the program's annual awards banquet held Thursday evening on the UNH campus.
Senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player, freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) was selected as the Wildcats' Most Improved Player, and sophomore guard Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) was the recipient of the team's Defensive award.
Matthias was named to the America East's second team for her outstanding efforts as UNH's top scorer and rebounder with 15.9 ppg. and 7.8 rpg. Matthias also led UNH with 46 blocks on the season and was among the nation's leaders in field goal percentage with a mark of .578 (188-325). Matthias scored in double digits in 26 of 29 contests this season and scored over 20 points seven times. In the rebounding department she recorded double-digit rebounds nine times in 2003-04 and she recorded nine double-doubles as well for the 'Cats. Matthias is presently ranked fourth all-time at UNH in scoring with 1,503 points. She is also ranked second all-time at UNH in rebounding with a mark of 879 total rebounds and she is second in career blocks in Durham with 153. Looking at her career bests, Matthias scored 30 points at Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2002, grabbed a best of 19 rebounds vs. Northeastern in January of this year and she blocked a career-high six shots vs. Brown in 2000.
Williams, who started the final 11 games for the 'Cats, was named to the America East All-Rookie squad for her outstanding efforts in her first year. Williams was the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 8.4 ppg. and 6.2 rpg and was a high-percentage shooter from the floor for the 'Cats with a mark of .551 (103-187). Williams also became known for her ability to record double-doubles, as she finished the regular season with a total of four. She also scored in double-digits 14 times, and in nine of her last 12 games. Looking at her season-best performances. Williams scored 16 points vs. St. Bonaventure on Nov. 25, grabbed 13 rebounds vs. Stony Brook on Feb. 28 and she blocked an impressive five shots vs. Liberty on Dec. 7.
Poulin was a player who did all of the little things to make the Wildcats a better team. Not only did she lead UNH in assists with 95 in 2003-04, but she was one of the team's most aggressive defensive players. Poulin was ranked third on the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg.) and most importantly led the squad in steals with a grand total of 51. The 5-8 sophomore dished out a career-high eight assists at Quinnipiac after dishing out six in the season opener against St. Bonaventure. Poulin grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Brown after grabbing eight against Georgetown and also had five steals against the Hoyas.