SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston University dropped a 65-56 decision to Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium. Cheri Raffo led with 17 points, scoring ten points in the final six minutes, and Amarachi Umez-Eronini posted 11 as the Terriers fell to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in America East action. Raffo was 6-for-17 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line, while Umez-Eronini was 4-for-11 with a team-high four assists. Jesyka Burks-Wiley contributed 11 points with four rebounds. The Terriers shot 31 percent for the game and 36.4 from the arc. BU converted on 17 points off turnovers and 20 in the paint. Three days prior, Raffo led three players in double figures with 18 points, as BU cruised to a 77-56 victory over Maine on Tuesday evening at Case Gym. Christine Kinneary and senior Kasey Devine chipped in 15 and 12, respectively. BU shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the fi eld, while going 10-for-16 from 3-point range. Raffo was 6-for-10 from the fi eld and 4-for-5 from the arc to earn America East’s Player of the Game honors, while Kinneary was 5-for-6 with nine assists and two steals. The Terriers shot 62.5 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range, while also posting 36 in the paint. The Terriers played stingy defense, matching a season high for steals with 13. They forced 27 Maine turnovers and scored 26 points off the miscues.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire dropped its third straight with the two most recent loses coming at home ... The Wildcats led by as many as 12 points and had a 10-point halftime lead against Vermont but a second-half surge by the Catamounts allowed for the visitors to come back for the win, 61-54, Tuesday evening ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points and eight rebounds ... Williams is third in the America East conference in rebounding, averaging 7 boards per game ... Sophomores Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) also posted in double-figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively ... Beliveau was the only Wildcat played to deliver in double-digits with 16 in the 66-50 loss to UMBC ... Three played pulled down seven boards as the Wildcats outrebounded its opponent, 48-29 ... New Hampshire ranks second in rebounding during America East action, averaging 39.2.
ANOTHER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR BELIVEAU
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has garnered her fifth America East Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. The forward averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game this past week, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 5-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. She totals a team-best 47 steals on the season and is the squad’s second leading scorer and rebounder in conference play, averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 per game during America East action. Beliveau went 5-for-7 from the field earned 13 first-half points against Vermont. She totaled with 15 points, four steals and seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action. The forward delivered 11 second-half points against UMBC and was the only Wildcat to post in double-figures, tallying 16 points in the game. She also pulled down a game-high seven rebounds in the game.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK continued
Prior to this week, the last time Beliveau received Rookie of the Week honors was Jan. 28. Leading up to that week, she led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points at Vermont then posted 18 again against Boston U. at home. The forward posted a career high in points (22) to go along with 10 boards for her first career double-double at Northeastern (Dec. 15) after posting 12 points at Iona on Dec. 12 and won the named Rookie of the Week on Dec. 17. She also won the award Dec. 3 as she led the team in rebounding both games during that week. Beliveau also recieved the award for her performance in the Wildcats’ first week of action. Laura Seiden, the program’s second-highest scorer, is the only Wildcat to win more Rookie of the Week honors with seven awards during the 1989-90 season. She went on to win Rookie of the Year and was selected to the all-conference second team.
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-eight percent of all playing time comes from first and second year players. The freshman and sophomore class is responsible for 76.6 percent of the team's offensive production.
Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has led the Wildcats in rebounding in each of the past four games and averages a team-best seven rebounds per game, which ranks third in the America East. The Wildcats, who have outrebounded their opponent in three of the past four games, rank second in rebounding during America East action, averaging 39.2
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.