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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-14, 3-7 AE)
After a two-game home win streak, New Hampshire fell to league leading Hartford, 54-45, on Feb. 7 at Lundholm Gymnasium. Whitney Edwards led the Wildcats with 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Edwards has scored in double-figures in all of the past three contests, leading the team in scoring during each of those games. Freshman Chrissy Hall has started in her third consecutive game as a Wildcat. She recorded a season-high 12 points in the Wildcats victory over Maine Feb. 3.
Clark leads the team and is sixth in the America East in scoring, averaging 13.5 points a game. She also is third in the league in free-throw percentage (.827). In addition, Clark is 13th in the league in rebounding with 5.6 boards per game. Edwards tops the America East in steals with 57 on the season (2.59 spg). She is fourth in the league in assists, averaging 4.14 per game.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK (13-10, 9-2 AE)
Stony Brook went 2-0 in both its games last week. In the 68-53 win over UMBC, Kelly Watson scored a career-high 29 points. Jessica Smith had 10 points and Leah Getz recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Seawolves shot a season-high 54 percent from the field.
In the win over Boston University, Stony Brook rallied from 12 down to beat the Terriers, 83-77. Four players scored in double figures for Stony Brook. Ford led the Seawolves with 23 points and has scored in double-figures in all 23 games this season. Getz had 18 points including 10-of-12 from the line. Smith had 15 points, Cheri Davis scored nine points off the bench and Dana Ferraro had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Stony Brook shot 27-of-33 from the line including 22-27 in the second half.
Mykeema Ford and Smith are the one and two scorers in the the league averaging 19.1 and 16.2 points per game, respectively. Smith also tops the league in rebounding with 7.7 boards per game. Dana Ferraro is second in the America East in rebounding averaging 7.3 per game.
EDWARDS ON A HOT STREAK
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) has led the Wildcats in scoring in all of the past three games. She has posted at least 10 points in each of those game, including most recently a 15-point performance vs. Hartford (Feb. 7), in which she shot 50 percent from the floor. Jan. 31 in a 14-point performance vs. Albany Edwards shot 50.6 percent from the floor, inlcuding hitting 1.00 (1-1) from beyond the 3-point arc. Edwards has led the team in either points or assists in all of the past nine games for the Wildcats, dating back to Jan. 10 versus Dartmouth.
Additionally, Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive Team member, leads the America East in steals with 57 on the season, averaging 2.59 steals per game. Edwards has led the team in steals in all but four games this season. She collected a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17.
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) has led the squad in assists in seven of the past eight games. She dished out a career-high eight assists on Jan. 23 versus Boston University. She leads the squad in helpers, averaging 4.14 per game and is second in the America East. Edwards, with 348, is fifth on UNH’s career assists all-time list. Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) leads the America East
PERFECTION FROM THE LINE
Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line Feb. 3 against Maine, her third perfect game from the line this season. The six free throws made also set a new career high for Johnson. She has seen perfection in other areas of the court as well. On Nov. 26 Johnson went 4-for-4 from the field, including shooting 3-from-3 from beyond the 3-point arc in a 72-61 win over Iona.
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 Jan. 17, 2004. The most recent OT loss coming against the Bearcats, 63-56 on that date. 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. UNH and Stony Brook have battled into two overtime games. The Wildcats came out on top in both of those extra minute challanges. The most recent, Mar. 10, 2004 was during the America East Tournament (play at Hartford) in which the Wildcats defeated the Seawolves, 74-65, to advance to the semi-finals.
LEADING AT THE HALF
UNH is 8-2 when leading heading into the locker room at halftime. The Wildcats have won the past four games, including a close overtime victory, when having a lead at the half. The largest Wildcat lead after 20 minutes of play is 10 points, recorded two times this season. Most recently, a 25-15 lead over Albany on Jan. 31 led to a 58-44 Wildcat victory and earlier this season (Dec. 19) a 36-36 UNH lead at the half set the tone for a 71-62 win versus Northeastern.
The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 207 consecutive games, spanning the last eight seasons. The last time UNH failed to make a 3-pointer was on Jan. 18, 2000, at Brown, when the team missed all 12 3-point attempts Three times during this streak the Wildcats have set the school record by making 11 3-pointers in a game, at Quinnipiac on Dec. 3,2004, at UMBC on Jan. 21, 2004, and at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005. The most 3-pointers sunk in a single game this season was 10 made on Jan. 20 versus UMBC.
EMPIRE STATE CONNECTIONS
Three members of the UNH squad (Lauren Weidmyer, Whitney Edwards and Ashley Cernilgia) call the Empire State home and two Wildcats reside just than 100 miles from the Stony Brook campus. Lauren Weidmyer from Staten Island, N.Y. is 84 miles from the campus and Whitney Edwards from Mount Vernon, N.Y. is 53 miles from Stony Brook. Additionally, the hometown’s of Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.), Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.), Athena Gaines (Glassboro, N.J.), Kelley Haines (Newtown, Pa.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) all are under 200 miles from the campus of Stony Brook.