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SCOUTING BINGHAMTON
    Binghamton has was three of the past four games, including a most-resent road victory coming at Stony Brook ... Laura Sario scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Bearcats to the 73-72 victory ... For the fourth straight game Juta Juhilo led the team in rebounds, pulling down 10 in the game ... The Bearcats last defeat was a 71-63 home loss to Hartford on Feb. 20, which was the first home defeat since Jan. 7 ... The squad is led in scoring by Laine Kurpnieve , averaging 12.5 points per game ... Laura Franceski with 5.4 rebounds per game leads the team in boards ... Franceski leads the America East in blocked shots with 2.04 per game ...  The Bearcats have a league-best .435 field goal percentage during conference play.
 
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE

    New Hampshire dropped its fifth straight with a 66-39 loss at Boston University on Wednesday ... The Wildcats, who were down by just four (30-26) at the half,  shot just 13.3 percent in the second frame ... Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) lead the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding for the third straight game with 10 points ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled down 10 boards to lead the squad in rebounds for the second consecutive game ... Four players average in double-figures and are led by senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), who averages 11.6 points per game, while Williams has a team-best 6.9 boards per game.

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 77 percent of the team's offensive production. 

BOARD GAMES
        Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has led the Wildcats in rebounding averages a team-best seven rebounds per game and ranks third in the America East. The Wildcats rank second in defensive rebounds during America East action, averaging 39.8.

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).

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