WOMEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UMBC AS PART OF "THINK PINK"
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SCOUTING UMBC
    UMBC dropped back-to-back games with a most recent home-loss coming on the hands of Albany, a 62-54 defeat ... America East leading scorer (17.3 ppg) Carlee Cassidy has lead the Retrievers in each of the past two games, while Megan Colabella pulled down a team-high six boards in the past two games ... UMBC fell at Binghamton, 83-66 last weekend ... Morgan Hatten leads the squad in rebounds, averaging 5.2 per game ... The Retrievers average a conference-best 7.32 3-pointers per game. 
 
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire dropped its third straight with a 61-54 home loss to Vermont on Tuesday ... The Wildcats led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the Catamounts were able to grab the lead and the win in the second half  ... Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) lead the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding for the second straight game with 19 points and eight rebounds ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) also posted in double-figures in the game with 15 and 10 points, respectively ... Beliveau, who ranks fourth in the America East in steals, grabbed four in the game for the Wildcats ... New Hampshire marked its largest America East since 2004 with a 74-44 loss at Hartford ...  Candace, with 12 points, was the only Wildcat to post in double-figures at Hartford ... Redshirt freshman Althena Gaines (Glassboro, N.J.) notched a career-high six points to go along with two boards in 16 minutes of action ... The Wildcats miss all 14 3-point attempts, ending a 234-game streak in which the team hit at least one shot from beyond the arc ...  Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) leads the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game, while Candace has a team-best 7 boards per game.

"THINK PINK"
    The “Think Pink” initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The WBCA began “Think Pink” in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year of the “Think Pink” a success.

THE YOUTH OF WILDCAT NATION
    There are 388 Division I women's basketball teams in the nation. The Wildcats rank sixth out of all of Division I basketball in relying on freshmen and sophomores. Seventy-seven percent of all playing time comes from first and second year players. The freshman and sophomore class is responsible for 76.3 percent of the team's offensive production.  First-year players make up 41.9 percent of the offensive production.

BOARD GAMES
        Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has led the Wildcats in rebounding in each of the past three games and averages a team-best seven rebounds per game, which ranks third in the America East. The Wildcats rank fourth in rebounding during America East action, averaging 38.5.

3-POINT STREAK SKIDS TO AN END
    The Wildcats failed to make a 3-pointer in the game at Hartford (Feb. 16), going 0-of-14 from beyond the arc, ending a 234-game streak in which the team had made at least one trifecta. The streak spans 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.

BLUE NO MORE     
     The Wildcats garnered their first victory while wearing their blue jerseys, a 77-67 win at UMBC, since Feb. 1, 2006. This marks the first win in an away jersey for both the six freshman and the five sophomores on the Wildcat squad.

STEALING THE SHOW
    Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) more than doubled her previous high in steals with seven vs. Stony Brook (Feb. 6). She swiped five of her seven steals during the second half of action. Whitney Edwards, 2007 America East Defensive Player of the Year, was the last Wildcat to have more takeaways in a game as she recorded nine vs. Vermont on Feb. 28, 2007. Edwards finished her career second on UNH’s all-time steals list with 229.

RACHEAL REACHES NEW HIGHS
     Sophomore center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) set a new career high in points with 10 in the Wildcats’ win over  Stony Brook (Feb. 6). She went 5-for-6 from the floor in the game and leads the team in field goal percentage (.623). The center recorded a career-high 13 boards to lead the Wildcats in rebounding vs. St. Peter’s (Nov. 24).

DOING THE DISHES
    Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dished out a career-high 11 assists in the Wildcats game at UMBC. Simpson’s 11 assists were just two shy of the school record and was the first 10-plus assist game for a Wildcat in exactly five years as Colleen Mullen dished out 10 at Stony Brook on Feb. 2, 2003. Simpson’s total was the most since Karen Pinkos tallied 12 assists vs Central Connecticut on Jan. 13, 1988. In that same game, UNH recorded a school-record 32 assists.

UNH BREAKS 3-POINT RECORD
    The Wildcats drained nine 3-pointers in the first half against Maine (Jan. 30) en route to a record-setting 12 trifectas in the game. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) each drained five 3-pointers in the game, with four each during the first half alone. Sophomore guard Jenny McDade (Derry, N.H.) netted her first field goal of the season from beyond the arc to break the four-year old record for the Wildcats. The record, 11, was matched six times including twice this season since being set at Quinnipiac on Dec. 3, 2004.


 
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