New Hampshire had three players in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats fell to the U.S. Military Academy, 69-61. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who was named the America East Player of the Game, tallied 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the game for the Wildcats. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) went 6-for-8 from the foul line en route to an 11-point effort. Simpson also had a career-high three steals in the game. The Wildcats finished the game with season-high 23 offensive rebounds to out-rebound the Black Knights, 44-30. Simpson tops the league in 3-pointers made this season with 17, leading the Wildcats to a top spot in the conference in 3-pointers made this season, 50. Additionally, Beliveau leads the conference (tied) in steals per game, averaging 2.29 per game.

    Harvard is 4-4 on the season after a most recent loss to Providence on Wednesday evening. Harvard had four players in double figures, but the visiting Friars 51 percent shooting was enough for the 78-64 win. Jessica Knox came off the bench to give Harvard 15 points on a solid 5-of-7 shooting night (2-2 3-Pt.), while Finelli (13 points), Emily Tay (10 points) and Lindsay Hallion (12 points) also finished in double figures. Hallion leads the team in scoring on the season, averaging 11.8 points per game, while Finelli is the leader in rebounding, 4.9. The Crimson picked up two wins at the Dead River Classic in Orono, which included a 82-78 close victory over America East foe Main. In the game Hallion led the team with 20 points and five rebounds. The Crimson were also a part of the Fifth Third Marshall University Classic. At the tournament, they fell to Pitt, 70-54, before defeating Jackson State, 69-66, in the consolation game. Junior Tay led the team in points, 16, while classmate Finelli had a team-high eight rebounds in the win.

      In the first half of the game against Army, the Wildcats pulled down 14 offensive rebounds en route to doubling up the Black Knights on boards, 26-13 at halftime. Led by Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) with six offensive rebounds and Racheal Folwer (Glassboro, N.J.) with five, the Wildcats finished the game with season-high 23 offensive boards to out-rebound the Black Knights, 44-30. New Hampshire is 2-1 when out-rebounding its opponent. The team out rebounded Tennessee-Martin, 46-37, and Central Connection, 46-43.

     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 second time this season as announced Monday, Dec. 2. The forward led the team in rebounding both games this past 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 and now leads the conference in that category, averaging 2.50 takeaways per game. She averaged 13.0 points per game last week and has a season average of 10.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds per game, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories.

    The Wildcats, who lead the conference in 3-pointers per game, entered the week with 47 on the season to rank 11th in all of Division I teams in trifectas per game, as posted by the NCAA on Dec. 3. New Hampshire also ranks high (26th) in 3-point percentage. The Wildcats have Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) to thank for the rankings as the duo is tied for 32nd in the NCAA in 3-point field goals made per game. Additionally, Cerniglia and Simpson both rank in the top-100 in 3-point percentage, at 80th and 94th place, respectively.

    For the second time this season, the women’s basketball team has matched the school record for 3-pointers in a single game by draining 11 in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate on Dec. 1 and in the Nov. 18 win over Tennessee-Martin. The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 222 consecutive games, spanning 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. Four additional times during the streak the Wildcats have set the school record by making 11 3-pointers in a game: at Quinnipiac on Dec. 3, 2004, at UMBC on Jan. 21, 2004, at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005 and most recently vs. Boston U. on Feb. 24, 2007.

    After scoring just 26 points in the first half, the University of New Hampshire posted 49 in the second half against Colgate to grab the lead and get the win. The Wildcats have not scored that many points in a single half since Feb. 23, 1997, in which the team registered 58 points in the final 20 minutes for a 89-54 win over Boston U. New Hampshire shot 48.1 percent (13-for-27) in the second half, 58.3 (7-for-12) from beyond the 3-point arc in the Dec. 1 game.

      After trailing by four points, 30-26, to Colgate at the half, New Hampshire went on a 7-0 to start the second half to take the lead and went on to grab the win. This was the first come from behind at the half win for the Wildcats since Jan. 18, 2006, as the Wildcats went 0-15 while trailing at the half last season. Down by three at the half, 30-27, the Wildcats battled back for the 63-59 win over Maine.

     Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) made a career-high five steals in the Wildcats' win over Colgate (Dec. 1) and now leads the conference in takeaways with 15 on the season. She averages 2.5 per game which ranks in the top-100 in the NCAA Division I rankings (98th).
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