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SCOUTING STONY BROOK (6-9, 2-1 AE)
     Mykeema Ford tallied a career-best 32 points and Leah Getz notched her second consecutive double-double as Stony Brook team cruised to a 69-48 victory over visiting Boston University. In the opening stanza, Stony Brook shot over 45% from the field as they controlled the pace of play. After trading leads in the early going, Ford hit a three-pointer to give Stony Brook a 15-13 advantage with 13:01 remaining. The Seawolves maintained their lead thanks to 19 points from Ford who shot 8-of-12 from the field. Jessica Smith added seven first-half points and connected on her first career three-pointer as Stony Brook went into the locker room with a 36-25 lead. The Seawolves continued to play solid defense in the second half and kept the Terriers at bay. The lead reached as many as 27 when Getz hit a pair of free throws capping the run as Stony Brook rolled to the 69-48 victory.
    Ford and Smith currently lead the league in scoring with 17.9 and 15.6 points per game, respectively. Stony Brook also has the league’s leading rebounder, Dana Ferraro with 7.8 boards a game. Smith is not far behind, is third in the league in rebounding with 7.0 a game.
   
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-9, 0-2 AE)
    UNH, still in search of their first America East win on the season, was defeated by Dartmouth on Jan. 10. UNH jumped out to a strong early start, scoring the first 10 points of the contest and led by as many as 10 points with the score 13-3 and 14:54 remaining in the first half. However, Dartmouth cut the UNH lead to one point outscoring UNH 15-6 to make the score 19-18 with 10:21 to go before the half. The Big Green took the lead for good with 5:07 remaining in the first half on a jumper by Kristen Craft to make the score 28-27 in favor of the visitors. The Wildcats got no closer than five points on a jumper by freshman forward Candace Williams with 11:51 left and the score 54-49 Dartmouth. UNH had three players score in double-figures. In addition to the 17 points by Clark and the 13 points by Edwards, senior Ray Williams had 11 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
    Clark who went 5-6 from the floor against Dartmouth leads the league in free throw percentage, .863 (63-73). Edwards, who leads the league in steals with 2.57, has jumped into second place on UNH’s career steals list with 189. Also within the top five on a career list, Ray Williams, currently with 79 blocked shots is in fourth placed and steadily moving up.

STEALING THE SHOW
    Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), currently with 189, is 52 steals away from tying the school’s record for most career takeaways. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member, leads UNH in steals with 33. She averages 2.57 steals per game. Edwards has led the squad in steals for the past eight games, including registering three steals in each of the past four games for the ‘Cats.

EVERYBODY LOVES RAY’S REBOUNDING
    Senior forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) has collected a team-high 28 offensive boards, totaling 62 rebounds on the season. She averages 4.4 boards per game and is now in the top-ten in career rebounding with 563 (tenth place). Williams has been the team’s leading rebounder in the past two bouts for the Wildcats registering 16 boards in two games.

BLOCK PARTY
    Ray Williams who has nine blocked shots on the season, recorded a season-high three rejections during UNH’s Jan. 10 game against Dartmouth. In her career, Williams currently has 79 blocks which ranks fourth on UNH’s all-time list. During her rookie season, Williams swatted a game-high five blocks against Liberty (12/7/03) which she later repeated for again last season verses Northeastern (12/11/05).

TIME TO CELEBRATE
    Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who turned 19 years old on Jan. 6 found another reason to celebrate the day following her birthday. On Jan. 7 at Hartford, Simpson registered a game-high in points and blocked shots. She lead the team in scoring with 13 points as well as a team-high three blocked shots. Simpson hit both of her free throws which knotted the score 36-36 with under 10 minutes to play. Simpson then nailed another free throw to pull the Wildcats ahead, 36-37, with 8:44 remaining in the game. She was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. She also had a game-high three blocks in the game.

CENTURY CLUB BOUND
    Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) with 99 career trifectas, needs just one more shot from beyond the arc to reach the 100th three -pointer mark. Clark is in sixth place on the career list and needs just five more to move up another notch in the poll.
  
DOUBLE-DIGIT DANI
    Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) has recorded 10+ points in four out of the last five Wildcats contests. This season she has lead the team in scoring during nine games, including a season-high 21 point performance verses Iona. She was named America East Player of the Week for her double-double on Dec. 19th against Northeastern. Clark, the squad’s scoring leader, notched 20 points in the 72-61 victory.  She grabbed 12 of her 13 boards of the game on the defensive end of the court. The 86% free throw shooter went nine-for-12 from the charity stripe, sinking seven in the last six minutes of play to preserve the win for the Wildcats. Clark with 1,091, is now 10th on UNH’s all-time career points list.
 
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