SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY (9-9, 1-4 AE)
Boston University opened up conference play falling to three America East schools before capturing its first win against Albany on Jan. 14. The Terriers then dropped another conference match verses Maine on Jan. 20. Cheri Raffo was 7-of-12 from the field for 16 points, while Kristi Dini posted a team-high 17 points. Raffo and Dini set the tempo early in the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers, however the Black Bears went on an 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, 43-30. BU put the deficit into single digits with consecutive jumpers and a Dini 3-pointer at 11:48. It was her third of the night and it moved the score to 45-39. Down the stretch, Jesyka Burks-Wiley drew a foul and converted on the three-point play to bring BU to within three points. Raffo made it a one-point game at 2:44 with a jumper in the paint. The junior guard continued her clutch play with 20 seconds remaining with another trey before Maine hit 3-of-4 free throws to round out the scoring at 78-73.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-11, 1-4 AE)
New Hampshire split two conference games this week, battling in two very close contests against Binghamton and UMBC. On Jan. 17 the Wildcats were led by seniors Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) who posted 16 points and seven rebounds apiece to lead UNH to a 58-55 overtime victory over Binghamton. The Wildcats held the lead for much of the second half, but Binghamton evened the score, 53-53, with just 40 seconds remaining in regulation. With five seconds remaining, Binghamton had an opportunity to take the lead and the game, but a clutch block by senior Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) sent the contest into extra minutes. The Wildcats are now 5-0 in the last five overtime games. Edwards finished the game with a season-high six steals. On Jan. 20 Clark tied her career-best with 27 points in the Wildcats 59-56 loss to UMBC. She also doubled her previous career high in 3-pointers, sinking six from beyond the arc in the game. Clark is now in seventh place on UNH’s all-time points list with 1,169. Edwards had 10 steals on the weekend, totaling 202 in her career which puts her in second place on UNH’s all-time career steals list.
STEALING THE SHOW
Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) is 39 steals away from breaking the school’s record for most career takeaways, she currently has 202. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member, leads the America East in steals with 49 on the season, averaging 2.88 steals per game. Edwards has led the team in steals in all of the past 12 games for the Wildcats, including collecting a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17.
Two Wildcats are amongst the top-ten in the America East for assists. Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) who leads the squad in helpers with 3.88 per game is fifth on the list, while Salee-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) rounds out the top-ten with 2.71 assists per game. Johnson is third in the league in the assist/turnover ratio category (1.77).
FORGET THE SPARK, CLARK IS ON FIRE
Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) matched her career-high with a 27-point game against Binghamton on Jan. 20. She has posted double-figures in eight of the past ten Wildcat contests. Clark nailed a career-high six three-pointers in the game, which was double her previous high. She now is fourth on the Wildcat’s career three-pointers list with 108. With 1,169 career points she is in the seventh spot on the all-time career points list. Clark, who went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe last week, is second in the league in free-throw percentage (.849). She has shot 100 percent from the foul line in seven games for the Wildcats.
Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has drained at least one three in each of the past five contests for the Wildcats. She has 24 career trifectas and is just one away from jumping into UNH’s career three-pointer top-twenty list. On Dec. 19 Simpson went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, sinking a career-best four shots from three-point land in a 71-62 win against Northeastern.
GETTING IT DONE IN OT
UNH defeated Binghamton on Jan. 17 in their first overtime game of the season. The Wildcats have won five straight overtime games, dating back to 1/17/04 with the most recent OT loss coming against the Bearcats, 63-56. Last season the Wildcats had back-to-back overtime victories at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic, defeating Towson 70-69 on Dec. 29, then edging by Lehigh 66-58 the following night.