WOMEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO VERMONT TO TAKE ON THE CATAMOUNTS

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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-12, 0-3 AE)
New Hampshire dropped two America East games this past week with a loss at home to Hartford, 71-56, and a loss to Binghamton, 82-74, in the Wildcats' first road conference game of the season ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) delivered 20 points to go along with a career-high five assists against Hartford ... Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) were the other two Wildcats posting in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively ...  The trio of Simpson, Beliveau and Cerniglia posted in double figures once again at Binghamton ... Beliveau notched her second double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the loss at Binghamton, while Simpson posted 19 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring for the third consecutive game ... Cerniglia hit three 3-pointers in the first half for nine points and finished the game with 17 for the Wildcats ... New Hampshire battled back from a 16 point deficit to take the lead early on in the second half, but Binghamton regained the lead for the win ... The Wildcats lead the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.363).

SCOUTING VERMONT (12-5, 3-1 AE)
Vermont improved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in America East with a pair of wins this week … The Catamounts, in the midst of a four-game homestand, defeated Albany, 73-58, and defending America East Champion UMBC, 65-55 … Sophomore Courtnay Pilypaitis flirted with a triple-double in the victory over the Great Danes … She scored 17 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed eight rebounds … Against UMBC she added 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists … Freshman Tonya Young averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the week … She scored 14 points, one shy of her career-high and added four rebounds versus Albany and picked up five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes versus UMBC … The Catamounts used a 12-2 second half run, fueled by 10 straight points from May Kotsopoulos to post the victory over UMBC … Kotsopoulos finished with a game-high 18 points (16 in the second half) … Junior Kelli Poles came off the bench to post her third career double-double with season highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes of action … The Catamounts handed out 23 assists on 25 field goals against the Retrievers and improved to 7-1 when handing out 20 or more assists in a game, dating back to last season … Vermont also improved to 60-12 after the win over Albany when it scores 70 points or more dating back to the 2001-02 season and is 4-0 this year … Vermont has held teams to under 65 points in all 12 wins this season.

LEADING THE PACK FROM BEYOND THE ARC     
    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .363 (98-of-270). New Hampshire, with 98 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

BELIVEAU PULLS DOWN NEW CAREER HIGH
    At the half in the Wildcats' game at Binghamton, freshman Denise Belvieau (Framingham, Mass.) was already just two boards away from a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. The forward went on to grab her second double-double of her career, totaling 18 points and a career-high 11 boards in the game.

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.

SINKIN' THE FREE THROWS
    New Hampshire leads the America East free-throw percentage in conference games, with a 90% average (36-for-40). Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is third in the conference in free-throw percentage (.923; 12-13) in America East games.

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 15games this season 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 (6.8 rpg), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) was born Jan. 6 and is sixth in the league in scoring (12.6 ppg), and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), born Jan. 21, is third in the conference in steals (2.29 spg).

CERNIGILIA BREAKS INTO TOP-5 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS
    Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) has hit 32 3-pointers this season and hit her 100th career shot from beyond the arc at Providence (Dec. 28). With 111 career trifectas, the guard is now fifth on UNH's career 3-point list.

NH & VT share more than just the shape of the states
    Three Wildcat coaches and one player have ties with the State of Vermont; two of the coaches have histories with the Catamounts.
    Graduate assistant coach Jen MacAulay played ball for the Catamounts from 1998-2002 and was named a co-captain in 2000-01. She helped the team win the 2000 America East Championships en route to a NCAA tournament berth.
    Assistant Coach Mountain MacGillivray served as assistant coach to the 2000 America East Champion Vermont Catamounts, the squad that MacAulay played on.
    Assistant Coach Morgan Valley, a Colchester Vt. native, served as the co-director of the Valley and Valley Girls Basketball Camp in Burlington, Vt.
    Freshman center Jill McDonald reigns from Middlebury, Vt. She led the Middlebury Union Tigers to the 2004 Vermont state championship and was selected WDEV Palyer of the Game.




 
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