DURHAM, N.H. – For the second consecutive year, guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) was honored with the Coaches Award presented by head coach Kristin Cole and her staff at the 2008 University of New Hampshire women’s basketball banquet.
    The lone-senior overcame an injured-plagued junior season to lead this year’s team in both blocks (15) and 3-point percentage (.338) and ranked second in both scoring (10.8 ppg) and 3-pointers made (52).
Candace Williams
        Cernilgia finishes her career third on UNH’s 3-point list with 131. Her 52 trifectas this season is second in UNH’s single-season superlatives and is just six away from the benchmark of 58. The senior drained five 3-pointers against Maine on Jan. 30 en route to a Wildcat team record-setting 12 trifectas in the game. Throughout her career as a Wildcat, Cerniglia enjoyed seeing the red of Boston University, as she delivered personal-best performances against the Terriers each of the past three seasons. In her sophomore year, Cerniglia’s season-high 18 points and three assists came against the Terriers. The guard then posted a season high against Boston U again her junior season with 17 points, which included five 3-pointers. This season against Boston U on Jan. 26, she earned her first career double-double by posting career bests in points (22) and rebounds (12). The captain also notched career highs in 3-pointers with six, assists with five and matched her career-best three blocks in the game. 
    Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was named the team’s Most Improved Player. She more than tripled her points from last season to this season, as she averaged 3.3 per game in 2007 then posted 10.5 points per game this past season. Williams, who was in the top 10 in America East in rebounding (sixth) averaging 6.7 per game, had more than four times the number of rebounds this season compared to last year (1.6). The forward had four double-doubles this season and notched a career-high 22 points at Iona on Dec. 12 amidst a five-game streak of posting in double figures.
    America East Rookie of the Year Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was presented with the Hustle Award. On the season, Beliveau averaged 10 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game, which topped the America East freshmen class. In addition, her rebound total (173) and assist total (55) ranked second on the team. However, Beliveau was just as productive on the defensive end as she has collected a team-high 56 steals on the year. She recorded a career-high 22 points en route to her first collegiate double-double (22p, 10r) at Northeastern on Dec. 15. The forward tallied 18 points against three different America East opponents, including a double-double (18p, 11r) at Binghamton on Jan. 19.
    The Wildcat Award, which is given to a player who embodies what a complete student-athlete is, was given to Jenelle DeVits (Malden, Mass.). The guard, who saw action in eight games, was a leader at every community service event this season. Most recently, she was awarded a Kidder Award reflecting her outstanding efforts to foster a greater understanding of sexual orientation on campus.

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