VESTAL, N.Y.- Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team was named America East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Defensive Team, as fellow teammates senior Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) and freshman Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) earned America East accolades as well.
        Edwards, a 2005-06 defensive team member, has led the America East in steals the majority of this season, averaging 2.54 per game. Her 71 steals on the season ranks 50th out of all the Division I women’s basketball players and moves her into the sixth spot on UNH’s single season list. On Jan. 17, Edwards gathered a season-high six takeaways in the Wildcats’ overtime victory against Binghamton. Edwards also tops the league in assists, averaging 4.54 per game. This season Edwards set a new career high in assists with nine versus Vermont on Feb. 28. In both steals and assists, Edwards is second on UNH’s all-time career lists, with 224 steals and 377 helpers.
        Clark, who ranks in the top 10 in many league categories, was named to the America East Second Team for the second consecutive year. Clark has led the Wildcats in scoring in 18 of 28 games played and averages 14.3 points per game, which is fifth in the league. In rebounding Clark nabbed 163 and averages 5.8 a game, good for the ninth spot on the league’s leaders list. She also ranks 10th in field goal percentage (.444; 126-284) and third in free throw percentage (.821; 115-140). Clark has recorded four double-double’s this season with her fourth double-double of the season coming Feb. 21 versus Albany with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She notched another Feb. 14 versus Stony Brook, leading the team with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Clark’s previous two double-doubles occurred Jan. 31 at a home win over Albany (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Dec. 19 in another home win (over Northeastern) in which she posted 20 points and 13 boards.
Clark also received to additional honors from the America East conference. The America East Player of the Game Award went to Clark for racking up the most individual Player of the Game honors throughout the season. For her outstanding excellence in the classroom, Clark was selected as a member of the America East All-Academic Team. Clark has a GPA of 3.76 with a major of English: journalism.
        Earning a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team was freshman guard Amy Simpson. The freshman, who has started in all but two games for the Wildcats, is fourth on the squad in scoring, averaging 7.0 points per game. Her first season with the Wildcats was highlighted by a 21-point effort during the final game of the regular season against Binghamton on March 3. She drained six of her nine 3-point attempts, four of which came during the first half. Simpson was eighth in the American East in 3-pointers made with 43, averaging 1.54 per game. Though a freshman, Simpson has already climbed onto UNH’s career list for 3-pointers made, tied for 18th.
        New Hampshire (9-19, 4-12) will face Albany in the opening round of the America East tournament on Thurs., March 8. Tipoff at Binghamton’s Events Center is at 7 p.m. Visit for more information on the women’s basketball team.

2006-07 America East Women’s Basketball Annual Award Winners

First Team
Danielle Hood* Jr. F Hartford Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas
Ikea Witt Sr. G Hartford Vineland, N.J./Sacred Heart
Bracey Barker* Sr. F Maine Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island
Mykeema Ford*  Sr. G  Stony Brook  Trenton, N.J/Cheshire Academy
Jessica Smith* Sr. F Stony Brook Bloomingdale, N.J./Butler

Second Team
Laura Sario Jr. G Binghamton Espoo, Finland/Etela Tapiolanlukio
Katie Meinhardt Sr. G Boston U. San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep
Ashley Underwood Sr. G Maine Augusta, Maine/Cony
Sharri Rohde Sr. F UMBC Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central
Danielle Clark Sr. F New Hampshire Corinna, Maine/Nokomis Regional
Third Team
Laine Kurpniece Jr. F Binghamton Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School 47
Diana Delva Fr. F Hartford Stamford, Conn./Westhill
Dana Ferraro Jr. F Stony Brook Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex
Leah Getz Sr. G Stony Brook Peninsula, Ohio/Southhampton College
Courtnay Pilypaitis Fr. G Vermont Orleans, Ontario/St. Peter’s

Aly Hinton* Fr. F Boston U. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock
Diana Delva* Fr. F Hartford Stamford, Conn./Westhill
Amy Simpson Fr. G New Hampshire Waterford, Conn./Waterford
May Kotsopoulos*  Fr. G  Vermont  Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Collegiate Institute
Courtnay Pilypaitis* Fr. G Vermont Orleans, Ontario/St. Peter’s

Gia Sanders Jr. F Albany Bowie, Md./The Bullis School
Whitney Edwards* Sr. G New Hampshire Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Trinity Catholic (Conn.)
Sharri Rohde Sr. F UMBC Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central
Jessica Smith* Sr. F Stony Brook Bloomingdale, N.J./Butler
May Kotsopoulos  Fr. G  Vermont  Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Collegiate Institute

All-Academic Team
Katie Meinhardt Sr. G Boston U. San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep
Bracey Barker Sr. F Maine Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island
Ashley Underwood Sr. G Maine Augusta, Maine/Cony
Jessica Smith Sr. F Stony Brook Bloomingdale, N.J./Butler
Danielle Clark Sr. F New Hampshire Corinna, Maine/Nokomis Regional

Coach of the Year
Jennifer Rizzotti, Hartford
Rookie of the Year
Courtnay Pilypaitis, Vermont*
Defensive Player of the Year
Whitney Edwards, New Hampshire
2006-07 America East Player of the Game
Danielle Clark, New Hampshire
Fans’ Choice Player of the Year
Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.
Player of the Year
Mykeema Ford, Stony Brook

* - unanimous selection

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