New Hampshire continues the America East portion of their schedule after opening up conference action against Maine on Jan. 4, dropping the opener, 64-47. The Wildcats struggled on the floor, shooting just 33.7% (17-46). Danielle Clark lead in scoring with 17 points for the Wildcats. She continues to add to her impressive free throw percentage going 6-for-6 on the nigh, she is now a 86.6% shooter from the line on the season. Defensively, Wildcat Danielle Flowers grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team. She now averages 4.2 boards a game. Clark and Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) each had three steals in the game.
    Clark continues to lead the way in scoring with 12.7 points per game, while Salee Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) dishes in with 2.75 assists a game. Each game Edwards continues to add to her steals count, currently leading the squad with 2.5 a game. Rookie Candace Williams is shooting 50% from behind the arc, recording 5-10.

    Some tough non-conference games seems to have helped Hartford prepare well for conference action. On Jan. 4 the Hawks opened up conference play by snapping a three-game losing streak with a 61-54 win against Stony Brook, the only team to beat the Hawks in America East action last season. Danielle Hood led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points with a 7-of-17 effort from the field. Ikea Witt finished the game with 15 points on a 5-of-8 shooting effort and finished with 5-of-9 at the free throw line. The Hawks finished the game with a 52.4 shooting effort (22-of-42), including their best second half shooting effort of the season with a 62.5 percent showing on 10-of-16. Hartford’s defense also held the Seawolves to their lowest shooting percentage of the season at 28.1 percent (18-of-64) for the game.
    Ikea and Hood both average double-digits in scoring for the Hawks with 11.4 and 10.6 per game, respectively. Hartford’s one weakness offensively is their free throw percentage, the team is shooting just 63.4% from the line. With three players with 10 on the season we can expect to see blocked shots from the Hawks. Also defensively, Hartford has four players with 10+ steals this season.

    Senior forward Danielle Clark 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 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 1,065, is now 10th on UNH’s all-time career points list.
    Sophomore forward Danielle Flowers was named to the Lady Luck Classic all-tournament team. She has made an immediate impact on the Wildcats starting lineup as she is second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) as well as in rebounds (4.2 rpg). The sophomore has posted double-digits in six games this season and has started 11 of the 12 games... She also leads the team in blocked shots with seven on the season.

    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 30. She averages 2.5 steals per game. She is now tied for third on all-time on UNH’s steal list with 183 career takeaways.

    Two New Hampshire Wildcats live under an hour away from the University of Hartford. Sophomore guard Kelley Haines is from Newtown, Conn. and rookie guard Amy Simpson resides in Waterford, Conn. Additionally, Senior guard Whitney Edwards attended high school at Trinity Catholic in Stamford, Conn. She is from Mount Vernon, N.Y.

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