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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-9, 0-1 AE)
In New Hampshire’s lone game of the week, sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points for her third double-double of the season, but two Dartmouth players posted double-doubles to carry the big Green past the Wildcats, 67-52 … Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led all scorers with 16 points, while senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) delivered 13 points for the Wildcats … New Hampshire shot 11-for-24 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half.

SCOUTING HARTFORD (11-4, 1-1 AE)
Hartford had eight days between conference games but came out hot in the first half against Vermont, using a 13-point advantage to win, 67-58, over Vermont on Sunday at Chase Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion. The Hawks were led by America East Player of the Week forward/center Diana Delva who finished with a season-high 19 points on 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 at the free throw line. Delva has led the Hawks in scoring in both conference games and is averaging 16.5 points in the first two conference outings. She is also shooting 12-of-16 (.750) in conference play. Joining Delva in double figures against vermont was Erica Beverly who finished with her second double-double of the season and first double-digit scoring game since Dec 1. beverly finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She is averaging a double-double in conference play at 10.5 points and 10 boards. Also fairing well for Hartford was freshman Mary Silvia who came off the bench to hit a pair of three pointers in the first half, helping Hartford to its 13-point halftime lead. Silvia finished the game with a career-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long range.

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.

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 turned 19 years old 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.

AND TO YOU TOO!
  Other January birthday girls included a trio of America East leaders; Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was born Jan. 3 and is in the top five in the America East in rebounding (6.7rgp), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) was born Jan. 6 and is seventh in the league in scoring (11.5 ppg), and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), born Jan. 21, leads the conference in steals (2.5 spg) and 3-point percentage (.429).

CERNIGILIA BREAKS INTO TOP-5 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS
    Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) has hit 27 3-pointers this season and hit her 100th career shot from beyond the arc at Providence (Dec. 28). With 106 career trifectas, the guard is now fifth on UNH's career 3-point list.

CANDACE CONTINUES TO SET CAREER HIGHS
    Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, mass.) recorded her third double-double of the season as she pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points in the Wildcats’ game at Dartmouth (Jan. 9). The forward shot 6-for-10 from the floor and nailed both free throws in the game, which marks her fifth perfect free-throw performance in the past six games. She now ranks fourth in the America East in rebounding, averaging 6.7 per game and is amongst NCAA leaders in free throw percentage (67th). Williams tallied a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats’ game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). She recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Wildcats' game against Harvard on Dec. 8. She posted a career high in points, with 14, and pulled down 11 boards in the Wildcats’ win over Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 18) for her first career double-double.

STEALING THE SHOW
     Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tops the America East conference in steals per game, averaging 2.5 per game. Her impressive average ranks in the top-100 in the NCAA Division I rankings (77th).

TRIPLE THREAT
     New Hampshire is ranked in the top 50 in the NCAA National Rankings in 3-point field goals per game and in 3-point field goal percentage. The Wildcats average 6.6 trifectas per game, which ranks 50th in the NCAA. The team hits 36.1 percent of 3-pointers taken, good enough for 60th in NCAA. Both rankings are out of 326 Division I teams. Individually, Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) ranks 57th in 3-point percentage (.397), while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is 60th in trifectas per game (2.3).

FROM PLAYER TO COACH
    Kristin Cole  and Jen Rizzotti have both hired former players to serve as assistant coaches. Cole brought Xavier standout Tara Boothe with her to New Hampshire, while Rizzotti hired Tanika Price. Under Cole’s tutelage, Boothe finished her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer and as the all-time leading rebounder. From 2006-07, Boothe played professionally for Universite BC Neuchatel in Switzerland’s elite league. Her team won the Swiss Championship and Boothe, who led the team in scoring and rebounding, was named MVP of the league. Price was a member of the Hawks first-ever America East Championship team and a member of the first team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

 
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