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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-9, 0-1 AE)

The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Albany, 62-52, in its America East season opener … Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game as she led the team in scoring with 10 points off the bench ... She also had three steals in the game for the Wildcats ... Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) had a game-high 11 rebounds for New Hampshire, leading the Wildcats, who outrebounded Albany, 43-37 … Three Wildcats recorded eight points in the game, while freshman Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) posted a career-high six points.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH (4-9, 1-0 IVY)
Dartmouth started off the season on a five-game losing streak before gathering a 53-50 victory at Sacred Heart on Dec. 4 ... The Big Green then went on another skid, dropping four straight, but the host-team earned a much-needed win over Delaware in the second game of the Blue Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H. ... Like the America East, Ivy League action began this past Saturday .... In the game the Big Green edged by Harvard, 52-47 ... Dartmouth led by as many as 16 points and was led by Koren Schram and Kristen Craft, who each scored a team-high 12 points and combined for 12 rebounds and seven steals ... Freshman Brittney Smith earned her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds ... With that performance, she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.

PERFECT 10
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line leading the Wildcats  to a perfect 10-of-10 vs. Albany (Jan. 5). The last time the Wildcats hit all foul line attempts was Nov. 22, 2006 at Army. New Hampshire went 6-for-6 from the stripe, while Army hit all 12 free-throw attempts.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
    Freshman Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), who turns 19 years old today (Jan. 9), has found a reason to celebrate as she has recently earned the job of starting point guard. The freshman has seen action in all 12 games this season and has started in each of the past eight games for the Wildcats. She posted a career-high 12 points and dished out a career-high four assists at Iona on Dec. 12.

CERNIGILIA HITS CENTURY MARK

    Freshman guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) drained her 100th career 3-pointer in the game at Providence (Dec. 28). The feat puts her amongst seven players in the history of the program to do so. Currently, Cerniglia has hit 103 trifectas in her career and ranks sixth on the career 3-point list. 

CANDACE OFFERS CONSTANT CONTRIBUTIONS

    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double figures in five of the past six games for the Wildcats'. Additionally, she has hit double digits in scoring seven times this season. She earned her first career double-double against Tennessee-Martin (14 points, 11 rebounds). Against Harvard she notched another double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. Williams followed that performance with a career-high 22 points at Iona on Dec. 12.

LEADING THE PACK FROM BEYOND THE ARC     
    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .363 (78-of-215). New Hampshire, with 78 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

ANOTHER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR BELIVEAU        
    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. 17. 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  Dec. 3 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. Beliveau also recieved the award for her performance in the Wildcats’ first week of action. She has a season average of 11.21ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories. Beliveau leads the conference in 3-point percentage (.455), making 15 of 33 attempts and is second in the America East in steals per game (2.45).

CANDACE SETS NEW CAREER HIGH
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats' game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). Prior to that performance 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.

GOOD SHOOTING, NOT ENOUGH
     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.
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