WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO VIRGINIA TECH FOR LADY LUCK CLASSIC
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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (4-5)
     UNH defeated Northeastern 71-62 in non-conference action on Dec. 19. Senior co-captain Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) delivered 20 points and 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) tallied a 14 points to go along with four rebounds. Rookie Amy Simpson posted 12 points, sinking four three-pointers for the Wildcats. Salee-Marie Johnson chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds. Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Trinity Catholic) made a team-high three steals and posted eight points in the win.

SCOUTING DETROIT MERCY  (2-9)
    The University of Detroit Mercy women’s basketball team ended a nine game losing streak with a 62-57 win against East Carolina University in the Carribean Classic Tournament. The win gave the Titans the 1-1 split in the tournament.
    Detroit’s solid defensive effort forced East Carolina to make 22 turnovers in the win during the second game of te Carribean Classic Tournament. Katy Dunlop led the Titans with a career high 14 points, including 12 in the second half. When the Titans fell behind by seven points at 29-22 she hit a three to cut it to four. Then she cut it to one at 33-32 four minutes later. A 6-1 Pirate run brought the lead back to seven, but free throws by Heather Hatter, a jumper by Sandi Brown and Joyce Massey converting all three free throws after being fouled and the Titans tied it at 40
    The Titans other win of the season, a 73-61 victory, came against Buffalo on Nov. 14. In the win, Massey recorded a game-high 26 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

SCOUTING VIRGINA TECH  (7-5)
    The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team snapped a 26 game winning streak in the month of December with a 70-59 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingam on Dec. 21.
    Trailing 48-43 with 12:45 remaining in the game, UAB used a 15-2 run over the next four minutes to suddenly build a 58-50 lead. The Blazers built the lead to as many as 14 points and the Hokies were unable to mount a comeback. The Hokies were led by Kirby Copeland with 16 points and Amber Hall with a career-high 15 points. Nare Diawara pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Tech won the battle of the boards, 42-34, but committed 18 turnovers which UAB converted into 19 points.
    Copeland leads the team in scoring averaging 15.3 per game, she had a double-double with 28 points and 10 boards, in a 75-69 loss against Iowa State on Nov. 24. Defensive power house

SCOUTING WINSTON-SALEM STATE  (4-10)
    The Winston-Salem State women’s basketball team gained a road win on Dec. 21 in Florida with a 59-50 victory against Bethune-Cookman. The Lady Rams improve to 4-10 on the season.
    Leading the way for the Lady Rams was Latoya Armstrong and her team-high 14 points.  Joining Armstrong in double figures was Shalonda Carter who recorded her second consecutive double-double and eighth double-double of the season as she recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds.
    Carter leads the team in points with 14.6 per game and in rebounds averaging 10.6 a game. The Lady Rams opened up the season with a five game losing streak before grabbing an overtime win against Norfolk State, 75-64. Defensive poewr house Lavontay Johnson leads the team with 2.4 steals per game and shares the top spot for blocked shots with .4 per game.
   
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
    Senior forward Danielle Clark recorded a double double on Dec. 19th against Northeastern. Clark, the squad’s scoring leader, notched 20 points in the 72-61 victory.  Clark grabbed 12 of her 13 boards of the game on the defensive end of the court. The 83% 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 1,043, is now 11th on UNH’s all-time career points list.
 
FLOWERS CONTINUES TO BLOSSOM
    Sophomore forward Danielle Flowers has made an immediate impact on the Wildcats starting lineup as she is third on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and third in rebounds (3.8 rpg). The sophomore has posted double-digits in five games this season and has started eight of the nine games.

Stealing the Show
    Senior guard Whitney Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member is up to her old tricks as she leads UNH in steals with 20. She is now eighth all-time on UNH’s steal list with 173 career takeaways.

THE SCHEDULE
    For a second straight year, the Wildcats begin regular season action on the road as they travel to face non-conference rival Massachusetts on November 14. Three days later, the Wildcats welcome the Seahawks of Wagner College in its home opener. UNH squares off against a slew of non-conference opponents during the last week of November through the start of January.  They will challenge Army, Iona, Central Connecticut, Colgate, Providence, Northeastern and Dartmouth.
    Head Coach Sue Johnson has another shot at her former mentor’s team, Cathy Ingles, and the Boston College Eagles on December 5. The Wildcats spend most of the holiday season on the road as they compete at Virginia Tech’s “Lady Luck Classic” Tournament on December 28-29.
    UNH starts conference play on the road with visits to rival Maine along with last season’s conference champion, Hartford, on January 4 and 7 respectively. They face Stony Brook on January 13 for their America East home opener, which is followed by the arrival of Binghamton     on January 17. UNH enjoys a three-game home stand and will entertain Maine, Hartford, and UMBC before taking their business on a two-game road trip to compete with Stony Brook and Binghamton. UNH closes the regular season at home, hosting Vermont before heading to Binghamton on March 3 for the regular season finale.
    For the first time in America East history, the Wildcats and the rest of the conference members will  travel to Binghamton for the America East Women’s Basketball Tournament, which is held from March 8 -11. The champion of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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