WHITNEY EDWARDS NAMED TO ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), UNH's junior point guard, was voted by the conference coaches onto the All-Defensive Team, created this season to recognize five players for their efforts on the defensive side of the court.
Clark leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.2 ppg), total rebounds (164), free throw percentage (.842), and three-point field goal percentage (.402). She has scored in double figures in 22 games this season and has not scored less than eight points in any game in 2005-06. She is third in America East in scoring, second in free throw percentage, and fourth in three-point field goal percentage.
Clark was named MVP of the Lehigh Christmas City Classic at the end of December after averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in back-to-back overtime victories over Towson and Lehigh. She also earned America East Co-Player of the Week honors on January 2 after that performance. Clark was also voted onto the All-Tournament Team at the Wildcat Classic after averaging 18.5 points and five rebounds per game against Cornell and Boston College over Thanksgiving Weekend.
The first one off the bench for most of the season, Williams is second on the squad and 12th in America East in scoring with 11.8 points per game. She is also 11th in the conference in rebounding (6.1 rpg), first in field goal percentage (.599), and fourth in blocked shots (1.19 bpg). Williams, who has blocked a shot in five straight games and ten of the last 11 contests, has moved up to fifth on UNH's list for career blocks with 70 rejections.
On January 28 against Vermont, Williams scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. After averaging 20 points and nine rebounds in victories over Albany and Boston University, she was named America East Co-Player of the Week on February 27. Williams tied her career high of 24 points against the Terriers, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Edwards, named the team's defensive player of the year last season, has continued to make life difficult for opposing players. Edwards is third in the conference in steals with 2.11 thefts per game, including six steals against Vermont on March 1. She earned her first career double-double against Boston University on February 25, scoring 11 points and pulling down ten rebounds, all on the defensive end.
This is the first time since 2003 that the Wildcats have placed two players on the All-Conference teams, when Maren Matthias was voted First Team and Aubrey Danen earned Third Team honors. This is the first postseason conference honor for Clark and Edwards, while Williams was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2004.
New Hampshire (15-12, 7-9 America East) faces Boston University in the quarterfinals of the Friendship Cottage Cheese America East Championship on Friday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the Chase Arena in West Hartford, Conn. The game will be broadcast by the UNH Sports Radio Network and over the Internet through Yahoo Broadcast.