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SCOUTING MAINE
    Maine dropped a pair of games last week to the top two teams in America East … The Black Bears fell to second-place Vermont at home on Wednesday (74-52), and dropped a 67-45 decision at first-place Hartford on Saturday … Sophomore guard Amanda Tewksbury led Maine in scoring in both games, including 13 points versus the Catamounts and 11 versus the Hawks … Junior forward Colleen Kilmurray netted 11 points versus Hartford, but had her string of four-straight double-fi gure scoring games halted at Hartford … A pair of Black Bears either set or tied theircareer-highs for scoring versus Hartford … Freshman center Christina Mosher tossed in 10 points to tie her career high, while sophomore forward Katia Bratishko scored six points to set a new career mark … Hartford out-rebounded Maine, 36-30, marking the fi rst time this season the Black Bears have been out-rebounded by a conference opponent.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire dropped two games this past week, including the Wildcats last home game of the season vs. Binghamton, a 59-47 defeat … The Wildcats were downed by Boston U. 66-39 On Wednesday evening … The Wildcats were down by just four at the half (30-26), but shot just 13.3 percent (4-of-30) from the field in the second half, allowing the Terriers to lead by as many as 29 points (66-37) … Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was the only Wildcat to scoring in double-figures, totaling 10 points in the game … Led by Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) with 11 rebounds, New Hampshire outrebounded its opponent (47-42) … The forward also led the Wildcats in rebounding in the last home game of the season for New Hampshire vs. Binghamton … Beliveau pulled down five from each end of the court for a game-high 10 boards … The forward also dished out a career-best six assists and grabbed five steals in all 40 minutes of action … Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) posted a career-high 13 points to led the Wildcats in scoring for the first time this season … The guard also swiped away a career-best three steals in the game.

QUADRUPLE DOUBLE
    The Wildcats are the only team in the America East conference to have four players to be averaging in double figures. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) all average above 10.5 points per game. Boston University and Vermont follow closest with three players posting in double-digits.

DEVELOPING THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
    Many scenarios for the 2008 America East Playoffs are still up in the air, however, for New Hampshire this fact is clear: BEAT MAINE AND FINISH SEVENTH (avoiding the first round game). With the victory over Maine, the Black Bears season would end with a 4-12 record and the Wildcats can finish no worse than 4-12, but would finish in seventh because of they hold 2-0 advantage in the head-to-head tie breaker.

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.



 
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