New Hampshire was not in action this past week, but looks to come out of the holiday break and snap a four-game losing streak ... The Wildcats were most recently defeated by Northeastern, despite a career night for Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ... The freshman was named America East Rookie of the Week for posting a career high in both points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double ... The Wildcats also had three other players posting double-figures in the game ... New Hampshire leads the America East in 3-point percentage and is led by Believau, who leads the league in that category (.448) ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) who ranks sixth in the conference, leads the Wildcat squad in scoring (11.9 points per game) ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 5.7 on the season

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE  (8-3, 0-0 Big East)
     Providence College lost for the first time in five games to No. 23 ranked Michigan State on Dec. 20 ... In the 75-35 home loss, freshman guard Trinity Hull was the only player in double figures, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting ... PC shot 20.3 percent (12-of-59) and made just four field goals in the second half ... Providence shot 9-of-18 from the foul line and 2-of16 from 3-point range ... Posted a 76-64 win at home over Central Connecticut on Dec. 8 ... Won its fourth straight as junior forward Shantee Darrian and freshman forward Mi-Khida Hankins (career-high) scored 20 points ... Hull added a career-high 17 points (6-of-9 FG), including three 3-pointers ... PC led by as many as 15 in the first half and went into the intermission leading 39-28 ... PC recorded a season-low nine turnovers and had 16 assists on 26 fi eld goals ... Notched its fifth road win of the year with a 78-64 victory at Harvard on Dec. 5 ... Sophomore guard Brittany Dorsey scored a gameand career-high 22 points, including six 3-pointers ... She was one of four PC players in double fi gures ... Hankins added a season-high 16 points ... The Friars hit nine 3-pointers as a team, including six in the first half ... PC led 37-30 at the intermission.

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Week for the third time this season as announced Monday, Dec. 9. The forward posted a career high in both points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double at Northeastern (Dec. 15) after posting 12 points at Iona on Dec. 12. Beliveau also won the award on Dec. 2 as she led the team in rebounding both games during that week, pulling down seven against Boston College then six in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate. She posted eight points against the Eagles and was the team’s second-leading scorer with a career-high 18 points against the Raiders. In addition, Beliveau had a career-high five steals in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate and is now second in the conference in that category, averaging 2.40 takeaways per game. She has a season average of 9.8 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories. Beliveau leads the conference in 3-point percentage (.448), making 13 of 29 attempts. 

    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .37 (69-of-183). New Hampshire, with 56 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats' game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). Until now, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) had been the only player to score 20-plus points in a game since Danielle Clark notched 27 vs. Boston University on Feb. 24, 2007. Simpson hit the 20-point marker twice this season and in the last regular-season home game of the 2006-07 season.

     New Hampshire shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field in the game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). The last time the Wildcts shot 50 percent or more from the field was Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Boston University. In the game, New Hampshire went 26-for-52 from the field en route to a 76-63 victory over the Terriers. The last time New Hampshire shot 50 percent from the floor and lost was vs. Hartford on Feb. 25, 2004. The Wildcats hit 24 of 43 shots taken (55.8 percent) but were defeated, 71-65, by the Hawks.

     Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Wildcats' game against Harvard on Dec. 8. She posted a career high in points, with 14, and pulled down 11 boards in the Wildcats’ win over Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 18) for her first career double-double.

      In the first half of the game against Army, the Wildcats pulled down 14 offensive rebounds en route to doubling up the Black Knights on boards, 26-13 at halftime. Led by Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) with six offensive rebounds and Racheal Folwer (Glassboro, N.J.) with five, the Wildcats finished the game with a season-high 23 offensive boards to out rebound the Black Knights, 44-30. New Hampshire is 2-1 when out rebounding its opponent. The team out rebounded Tennessee-Martin, 46-37, and Central Connecticut, 46-43.

    The Wildcats, who lead the conference in 3-pointers per game, entered the week of Dec. 10 ranking 22nd in all of Division I teams in trifectas per game, as posted by the NCAA. New Hampshire also ranks high (39th) in 3-point percentage. The Wildcats have Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) to thank for the rankings as the duo is in the top-100 in 3-point percentage (60th) and 3-pointers per game (40th), respectively.

    For the second time this season, the women’s basketball team matched the school record for 3-pointers in a single game by draining 11 in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate on Dec. 1 and in the Nov. 18 win over Tennessee-Martin. The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 225 consecutive games, spanning the last eight seasons. The last time UNH failed to make a 3-pointer was Jan. 18, 2000, at Brown, when the team missed all 12 3-point attempts. Four additional times during the 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, at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005 and vs. Boston U. on Feb. 24, 2007.

    After scoring just 26 points in the first half, the University of New Hampshire posted 49 in the second half against Colgate to grab the lead and get the win. The Wildcats have not scored that many points in a single half since Feb. 23, 1997, in which the team registered 58 points in the final 20 minutes for a 89-54 win over Boston U. New Hampshire shot 48.1 percent (13-for-27) in the second half, 58.3 (7-for-12) from beyond the 3-point arc in the Dec. 1 game. In the game versus Iona on Dec. 12 the Wildcats tallied 52 points in the second half, but a 20-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

      After trailing by four points, 30-26, to Colgate at the half, New Hampshire went on a 7-0 run to start the second half to take the lead and went on to grab the win. This was the first come from behind at the half win for the Wildcats since Jan. 18, 2006, as the Wildcats went 0-15 while trailing at the half last season. Down by three at the half, 30-27, the Wildcats battled back for the 63-59 win over Maine.

     Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) made a career-high five steals in the Wildcats' win over Colgate (Dec. 1) and now leads the conference in takeaways with 15 on the season. She averages 2.5 per game which ranks in the top-100 in the NCAA Division I rankings (98th).

     Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the Wildcats in scoring and tied her career high in points by delivering 23 points in the win over Colgate on Dec. 1. This was the second time this season that Simpson posted 23 points. She notched a career-high 23 points in New Hampshire’s game vs. South Florida, then had 13 points and four assists in the win over Tennessee-Martin, earning a spot on the South Florida Shootout All-Tournament Team. 

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