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CAMBRIDGE, MASS— Student-athletes at the University of New Hampshire continue to excel in the classroom and as a result the Wildcats finished second in the running for the 2007-08 America East Academic Cup with an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.12.  UNH has won the Academic Cup twice, in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
    The University of Vermont narrowly edged out UNH to take home the hardware with a 3.14 GPA.
    The University of Maine (3.10), Stony Brook University (3.06) and Binghamton University (3.04) were the other institutions in America East to compile grade point averages of 3.00 or better in 2007-08.


DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach Kristin Cole has announced Lauren Moore has joined her staff as the Director of Basketball Operations, effective immediately.
    "I am very thrilled to have Lauren join my staff.  She is someone who will bring great energy and an excellent work ethic to our program. Lauren is very passionate about basketball and the state of New Hampshire,” Cole said. “She will relate well with our players and she cares about the overall development of the student-athletes. She is a great addition to the UNH family," she added.



DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach Kristin Cole has announced that Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopinkton, N.H.) are going to attend UNH and play basketball for the Wildcats beginning in the fall of 2008.
    “I’m incredibly excited to welcome these three young ladies into the UNH family,” Said Coach Cole. “Each of them will add to our program. They are very dedicated to being good basketball players and they are great people with strong academic backgrounds. I couldn’t be happier about our first recruiting class.”



DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team will host a series of camps, open to various ages and skill levels, throughout the summer.
    The day camp provides fundamental instruction from UNH coaches and players to young players, grades 3 through 8. The camp will run from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 23-26.



DURHAM, N.H. – Juniors Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) and Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team, and junior Jenelle DeVits (Malden, Mass.) and freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), of the women’s squad, recently visited a pair of eighth-grade classrooms at Portsmouth Middle School to speak to students about the importance of education, as part of the UNH Life Skills program.


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– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H. – For the second consecutive year, guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) was honored with the Coaches Award presented by head coach Kristin Cole and her staff at the 2008 University of New Hampshire women’s basketball banquet.
    The lone-senior overcame an injured-plagued junior season to lead this year’s team in both blocks (15) and 3-point percentage (.338) and ranked second in both scoring (10.8 ppg) and 3-pointers made (52).



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    WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied a game-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the seventh-seeded University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to No.2-seeded University of Vermont, 70-45, in the quarterfinal round of the America East tournament.
    The Wildcats close out their season with a record of 7-22, 4-15 in America East, while the Catamounts, who will play the winner of the UMBC/Boston University match up, improve to 23-7, including 13-3 in conference action.




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- The Wildcats enter with an 8-24 record in previous conference tournaments, reaching the semifinals 12 times, but never reaching the championship game. Though New Hampshire and Maine finish with the same conference record (4-12) the Wildcats were awarded the No. 7 seed by winning the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Black Bears. In 17 quarterfinal games, the Wildcats are 7-10. UNH has lost all 12 semifinal games it has played over the 23-year history of the tournament. New Hampshire and Vermont have met four times in the tournament. Last season the Wildcats faced Albany for the first time in the tournament, falling to the Great Danes in the first round game. In tournament action, UNH has played Maine the most in the tournament, losing all seven meetings to the Black Bears. The Wildcats have never faced UMBC in the conference tournament and are 1-0 against both Albany and Binghamton. New Hampshire has not been able to get a win over Boston U., 0-3, or against Hartford, 0-2. The last time the Wildcats reached the semifinal round of the America East tournament was  in the 2004-05 season, as No. 3 seeded New Hampshire fell to No. 2 Hartford, 52-38. The Wildcats have had four players named to the All-Championship team  with the most-recent member being Maren Matthias in 2003.



SPRINGFIELD, MASS.Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman forward for the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Year for her impressive performances this season for the Wildcats. The award was given out at the 2008 America East women’s basketball banquet held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

        With the honor, Beliveau becomes only the third player in UNH history to win Rookie of the Year and the first since 1990. In addition, she was also named to the America East All-Rookie team, making her the second Wildcat to do so in as many years, as Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) made the team last season.




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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The bracket for the 2008 America East Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Friendship Cottage Cheese in West Hartford, Conn. March 13-16 is set with still one more game remaining in the regular season. The only seeds still up in the air entering the last day of competition was the three and four seeds, which was decided by Boston University’s come-from-behind overtime victory over Albany at Case Gym on Saturday afternoon.
    No. 7 New Hampshire will face No. 2 Vermont in the first game of the day on Friday, March 14 in Hartford, Conn. The quarterfinal match up with begin at 12 p.m. at Chase Arena.




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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Five players posted in double-figures to lift Stony Brook University past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 77-37, on Saturday afternoon at the Stony Brook Sports Complex. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the Wildcats with eight points, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded six points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.  
    Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with a layup just 45 seconds into the game, but the team went without a field goal for over ten minutes of action, allowing for a 19-point Seawolves lead (23-4) with 9:58 to play in the first. The 17-0 Stony Brook run included six points by Aly Young. Junior Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) hit a jumper at 9:48 to end the scoring drought, however New Hampshire could not make another field goal for the remainder of the half.




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DURHAM, N.H.-  The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will conclude their regular season with a game at Stony Brook on Saturday, Mar. 8. The Wildcats, who lead this all-time series 10-6, snapped the Seawolves four-game win streak against the New Hampshire with a 64-55 home win on Feb. 6. The teams have played in two overtime games and the Wildcats have been the victors in both.



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– Four players posted in double-figures to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball past the University of Maine, 66-58, on Wednesday evening. With the win, which marks the first Wildcat victory at Alfond Arena in ten years, New Hampshire improves to 7-20, 4-11 in the America East. The Black Bears conclude their season at 7-22, 4-12 in conference action. New Hampshire can finish the season no lower than seventh-place in the America East conference.


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DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will face off against Maine, who leads the all-time series, 42-19. The Wildcats defeated Maine earlier this season to garner their first America East victory of the season, 70-55. In each of the past three seasons the two teams have split the regular-season head-to-heads.



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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 59-47, Saturday afternoon in the last home game of the season. Freshman Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) lead the Wildcats in scoring with a career-high 13 points. The guard, who also had a career best in steals (3), was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.
    The loss marks the Wildcats sixth straight and drops their record to 6-20, 3-11 in America East action. The Bearcats improve to 11-16 including 9-5 in the conference with the win.


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DURHAM, N.H.-  New Hampshire hosts the Binghamton Bearcats in the Wildcats final home game of the 2007-08 season, marking lone-senior Ashley Cerniglia’s last game at Lundholm Gymnasium. Saturday’s game is a PackCast broadcast, which will be featured as an enhanced streaming game as part of the America East package. The production, produce by the PackNetwork will feature Leah Secondo doing play-by-play and Brittney Cross as the color analyst.



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BOSTON– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 66-39, Wednesday evening at Case Gymnasium. The Wildcats drop to 6-19, 3-10 in the America East with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 15-11, 8-5 in conference action. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led New Hampshire in scoring with 10 points and was selected America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.

    The Terriers took a 8-0 lead to start the game, but the Wildcats battled back going on a 11-4 run. New Hampshire cut the deficit to one point, 12-11, on a jumper Williams at the 11 minute mark. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) then hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 14-12, halfway through the opening frame.





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DURHAM, N.H.- New Hampshire holds a slight lead in this 30-year rivalry. The Wildcats seek revenge after falling to the Terriers earlier this season in a 77-75 buzzer-beater. New Hampshire led by as many as many as 11 points in the second half, but a shot with 1.5 seconds left gave the Terriers and the win. Ashley Cerniglia had a career day and earned her first career double-double. She notched career highs in points (22), rebounds, (12), 3-pointers (6), and assists (5), leading the team in scoring and rebounding.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, has garnered her fifth America East Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
    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.


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    DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 66-50, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the loss the Wildcats fall to 6-19, 3-8 in America East, while the Retrievers improve to 9-17, 5-8 in the conference.
    Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was named America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats and led all scorers with 16 points. Beliveau, along with Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) all recorded a game-high seven rebounds for the Wildcats. New Hampshire outrebounded its opponent, 48-29.




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DURHAM, N.H.-   The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will host the Retrievers of UMBC on Saturday afternoon as part of “Think Pink”, a breast cancer awareness event. New Hampshire leads the all-time series (5-4) after defeating the Retrievers, 65-54, at UMBC earlier this season. The victory marked the Wildcats road win since Feb. 1, 2006.



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        DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team in scoring and rebounding, but a 15-point second half effort by Courtney Pilypaitis lifted the University of Vermont past the Wildcats, 61-54, Tuesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    Candace Williams tallied 19 points, 11 in the first half and pulled down eight rebounds in the game for the Wildcats, who fall to 6-17, 3-8 in the America East, while the Catamounts improve to 18-7 and 9-3 in conference play. The forward was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats.



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DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns home to Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday evening as the Wildcats host the Vermont Catamounts. The Wildcats won 12 out of the first 13 head-to-heads with the Catamounts, but have not garnered a victory since Jan. 28, 2006, a 70-62 home win. The Catamounts defeated the Wildcats earlier this season in Vermont, 72-64. The ‘Cats look for some home court advantage, as they lead the series at Lundholm Gymasium(18-9), and the past six Wildcat victories have come in Durham.



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– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to the University of Hartford, 74-44, in front of 2,488 at Chase Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats drop to 6-16, 3-7 in the America East with the loss, while the Hawks improve to 19-5, 9-2 in conference action. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led New Hampshire in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and eight rebounds.



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DURHAM, N.H.- The Wildcats lead the all-time series 2 6-21, but have not won a match-up against the Hawks since Mar. 5, 2003, a 60-50 win. In Hartford last season, New Hampshire and Hartford battled in a down-to-final-buzzer tilt in their first head-to-head of the season. The Hawks defeated the Wildcats 71-56 at Lundholm earlier this season. 



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ALBANY, N.Y. – Kristin Higy and Gia Sanders both recorded a double-double to carry the University at Albany past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 67-50, Sunday afternoon at SEFCU Arena.  The Wildcats end a three-game winning streak with the loss and fall to 6-15, 3-6 in America East, while the Great Danes extend their streak to four games and improve to 8-14, 6-3 in conference play.  
    Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 19 points, led the squad in scoring for the third straight game and was named America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the Wildcats in rebounding and was just one board shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.





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DURHAM, N.H.-   Both New Hampshire and Albany come into Sunday's game riding a three game winning streak. Though the Wildcats lead the all-time series, they have dropped three straight to the Great Danes, including a 62-52 decision at Lundholm in their America East season opener.


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– Four players posted in double figures to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a 64-55 victory over Stony Brook University on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the win – their third straight – the Wildcats improve to 6-14, 3-5 in America East, while Seawolves drop to 6-15, 1-7 with the loss.
        Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the charge for the Wildcats with 14 points. The guard, who was named America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, also had five assists and a career-high seven steals in the game. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) tallied 12 points and matched her career high with five assists. Sophomore forward Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) also sparked the offense with a career-high 10 points for the Wildcats, while junior forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) also delivered 10 for the Wildcats.



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    DURHAM, N.H.-   The Wildcats, who lead this all-time series 9-6, look to snap a four game losing streak against the Seawolves. The most recent UNH win, a 74-58 defeat, came on Feb. 26, 2005 at Stony Brook. The teams have played in two overtime games and the Wildcats have been the victors in both.


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BALTIMORE, Md. – Three players posted in double-figures and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dished out a career-high 11 assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a 77-67 win at UMBC on Saturday evening.
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) lead all scorers with 19 points and was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. Forwards Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) delivered 14 points apiece for the Wildcats.




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DURHAM, N.H.-  The four year old all-time series, which dates back to back to Jan. 21, 2004, is deadlocked 4-4. The Wildcats won that first meeting and grabbed another after one defeat to UMBC, the Wildcats pulled out three straight victories. However, the Retrievers have won each of the past three head-to-heads to even the series. Though the Wildcats dropped two to the Retrievers last season, they didn’t lose by more than eight points, coming as close as three at home (59-56) Jan. 20, 2007.



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– The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team set a school record for 3-pointers in a single game with 12 in a 70-55 victory over the University of Maine on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) has now recorded back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and 11 rebounds and was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also provided an offensive spark with a team-high 21 points and five assists for the Wildcats, who capture their first conference win of the season and improve to 4-14, 1-5 in America East.  With the loss Maine falls to 5-15, 2-5 in the conference.


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DURHAM, N.H.- New Hampshire has struggled all-time against the Black Bears with a record of 42-18. However, the Wildcats won their last meeting against Maine as they earned a 65-55 victory at home on Jan. 3,  2007. Over the course of their last three games this season, the Wildcats have tallied an 0-3 record, but haven’t lost a game by more than eight points in that span. The team has also shot at least 40 percent from the field in that time and scored at least 70 points in two of those three games.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth time this season, University of New Hampshire freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) captures America East Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
    The forward led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points at Vermont, then posted 18 again against Boston University at home. Beliveau went 13-for-19 from the floor on the week and nailed all eight free-throw shots.




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– Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, had a career day and earned her first career double-double, but a shot at the buzzer lifted Boston University past the Wildcats, 77-75, Saturday afternoon. Cerniglia, who was named America East Player of the Game, notched career highs in points (22), rebounds, (12), 3-pointers (6), and assists (5), leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Also earning a double-double – the fourth of the season – was Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) as she posted 14 points and pulled down 11 boards. The Wildcats, still without an America East win, fall to 3-14, 0-4 on the season, while the Terriers improve to 10-8, 3-2.



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DURHAM, N.H.-    The University of New Hampshire women's hoops day will celebrate Alumni Day on Jan. 26 when the Wildcats host Boston University. New Hampshire holds a slight lead in this 30-year rivalry. The Wildcats fell to the Terriers in Boston last season, but got revenge with a 71-66 home win. Today’s game is s PackCast broadcast and is an enhanced streaming game in the America East package. Eric Frede will do the play-by-play while Brittney Cross will be the color analyst.


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    BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team was lead by freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) with 18 points and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 13, but a 21-point night for May Kotsopoulos lifted the University of Vermont to a 72-64 win Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 3-13, 0-4 in America East, while the Catamounts improve to 13-5, 4-1 in the conference.  
    With the Catamounts up 7-2 early on, the Wildcats responded by holding Vermont to just one point in over eight minutes of action, going on an 17-1 run to take their first lead of the game (8-7) at 13:15 of the first half. Carried by a nine-point first half effort by Cernilgia, New Hampshire led by as many as nine points, 17-8, with 9:33 remaining in the opening frame. The Wildcats trailed by just one point at the break, 27-26.




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DURHAM, N.H.- The Wildcats look to end their nine skid and a nine game losing streak at Patrick Gymnasium, as the last the New Hampshire won in Vermont was on Dec. 5, 1998, a 68-60 victory.  UNH graduate assistant coach Jen MacAulay was a Catamount freshman that season. New Hampshire dominated the series early on, winning 17 of the first 18 head-to-heads, including the first 11 contests.



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    VESTAL, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit, but could not get the win as the team fell to Binghamton University, 82-74, Saturday evening at the Events Center. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched her second double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) posted 19 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring for the third consecutive game.  
    With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 3-12 and remain winless in the America East, 0-3. The Bearcats improve to 5-11, 3-0 in the conference.




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DURHAM, N.H.- The Wildcats travel to Binghamton this Saturday to take on the Bearcats in their first America East road game of the season. The two teams split last season. UNH’s win, a 58-55 overtime win, came on Jan. 17.


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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team had three players posting in double figures, but a 15-point halftime lead was too much to overcome as the Wildcats fell to the University of Hartford, 71-56, Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss – their eighth straight – the Wildcats drop to 3-11, 0-2 in the America East. The Hawks improve to 12-4, 2-1 in the conference with the win. 

Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game, delivered 20 points to go along with a career-high five assists. 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. 


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DURHAM, N.H.- New Hampshire women's hoops returns home to host the Hawks of Hartford University on Wednesday evening. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 26-20, but have not won a match-up against the Hawks since Mar. 5, 2003, a 60-50 win. Last season New Hampshire and Hartford battled in a down-to-final-buzzer tilt in their first head-to-head of the season at Hartford.  



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HANOVER, N.H.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 University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 67-52, on Wednesday evening at Leede Arena. With the loss the Wildcats drop to 3-10, while the Big Green improve to 4-9.  
    Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led all scorers with 16 points, while senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) with 13 points, was the third Wildcat player scoring in double figures. Betsy Williams led the Big Green in scoring with 17 points, while Brittney Smith (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Sydney Scott (12 points, 17 rebounds) each had double-doubles.




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DURHAM, N.H.- New Hampshire travels to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth in Granite State rivalry action. Though the Wildcats hold a 16-12 series edge, the Big Green have won the past two head-to-heads. The most recent Wildcat win, a 75-73 overtime victory, came in the 2004-05 season opener (Nov. 19, 2004). Last season’s 62-56 loss was the Wildcats’ first home defeat to the Big Green since Dec. 10, 1994.



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– Gia Sanders and Britney McGee posted 16 and 15 points, respectively to lead the University at Albany past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 62-52, in its America East season opener Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was selected as the Wildcats’ America East Player of the Game as she led the team in scoring with 10 points off the bench. She also had three steals in the game for the Wildcats. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) had a game-high 11 rebounds for New Hampshire, leading the Wildcats, who outrebounded Albany, 43-37.



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DURHAM, N.H.-    New Hampshire women's basketball returns home to open up America East conference action against UAlbany on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Wildcats and the Great Danes split the regular season series last season, while Albany earned a 66-61 victory in the first round of the 2007-06 America East Championship. The Wildcats, who have never been defeated by the Great Danes at home, won the first five meetings and lead the all-time series 10-4.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team was defeated by Providence College, 73-41 Friday evening at Mullaney Gymnasium. With their fifth straight loss, the Wildcats fall to 3-8 on the season, while the Friars improve to 9-3. 
    New Hampshire held the advantage for the majority of the first half and led by as many as five points with 4:52 remaining, however the Friars held the Wildcats scoreless for the final four minutes and 50 seconds to take a 31-25 lead at halftime. Freshman Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) hit two free-throws then hit back-to-back shots to finish the half with six points.  Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also finished the first half with six points to go along with six rebounds.




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-    Providence College leads the all-time series which dates back to the 1976 season. The two Wildcat victories have both come at home. The first UNH win, a 69-62 victory came on Dec. 9, 1983. The Wildcats defeated the Friars, 62-52, Dec. 28, 2004 in the most recent UNH win. The Wildcats look to earn their first victory in Providence, R.I.The team came close in 2001 but were edged out in overtime, 79-70.



    DURHAM, N.H.– The University of New Hampshire announced today that Learfield Sports has become its first-ever, exclusive athletics multimedia partner, effective with the 2008-09 academic year. 
    The 10-year agreement calls for Learfield Sports to establish a locally based entity, known as “Wildcat Sports Properties” (WSP), to manage and sell UNH Athletics’ multimedia rights that include all signage at the Whittemore Center, Cowell Stadium and Lundholm Gym.  In addition to its athletic venues, Learfield Sports will oversee UNH Athletics’ radio rights, corporate hospitality, print sponsorships, event marketing, certain television rights and official athletic Web site advertising for unhwildcats.com


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third time this season, University of New Hampshire freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) takes home the America East Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
    In her first career start as a Wildcat, the forward tallied career highs in points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double against Northeastern on Saturday. Earlier in the week against Iona, Beliveau notched 12 points and four steals.


BOSTON, MASS. – Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career high in both points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double but it was not enough to overcome Northeastern University’s Lucia Pablos with 25 points and the rest of the Huskies, as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell, 78-71, Saturday afternoon at Solomon Court. The Wildcats, who fall to 3-7 on the season, had three additional players scoring in double figures. With the win, Northeastern evens out at 4-4.


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DURHAM, N.H.-   The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will travel to face the Huskies of Northeastern on Saturday, Dec. 15. In what is one of the oldest rivalries in the history of the women’s basketball program, the Wildcats hold a 35-25 lead over the Huskies. The teams first met during the second season of varsity status for New Hampshire and have tipped-off in all but one season (1982-83) since 1976-77. Since the 1998-99 season, each team has won eight times in 16 games played. The Wildcats look to snap a seven-game losing streak at Northeastern.



    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Despite career efforts by the sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and freshman guard Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Iona College, 92-79, Wednesday evening at the Hynes Athletic Center. Candace scored 18 of her career-high 22 points in the second half of action, while Jacinda posted a career-best 12 points in the games for the Wildcats. New Hampshire out-scored (52-45) and out-rebounded (17-10) its opponent in the second half of action, but a 20-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome. With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 3-6, while the Gaels improve to 4-5 on the season. 




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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. to face the Gaels of Iona on Wednesday evening. The Wildcats have won each of the past four contests with Iona. The two most recent victories have been at home for the Wildcats. On Dec. 5, 2001, New Hampshire traveled to and defeated Iona. The neutral win (63-48), was at the First Union Hawk Classic in Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 1998. The Gaels won the first three games vs. the Wildcats, but have not won since Dec. 5, 1992, an 82-62 victory at the Iona Classic.



DURHAM, N.H.Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Harvard University, 59-53, on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 3-5, while the Crimson improve to 5-4.
    New Hampshire got on the board first, going on a 5-0 run to start the game. The Crimson, whom hit their first bucket of the game at 16:37, went on an 11-0 run to make it 11-5 with 10:37 remaining in the half. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn), who scored all of her 10 points in the first half, hit back-to-back treys to help the Wildcats get within one-point of the Crimson, 14-13, with 8:25 left. Harvard pulled away, taking a 27-22 lead into the locker room at the half.


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DURHAM, N.H. -    Women's hoops will finish up a three game homestand when they host Harvard on Sat., Dec. 8. Tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium is at 1 p.m. The Wildcats won 15 of the first 16 contests against the Crimson, including the first six head-to-heads. The first UNH loss, 68-54, came at Harvard on Feb. 2, 1986. The lone home loss to the Crimson, a 74-69 feat, was on Dec. 14, 1996. The two teams have no met since the 2000-01 season.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team had three players post in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats fell to the U.S. Military Academy, 69-61, Tuesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium. 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. With the loss New Hampshire falls to 3-4, while Army improves to 5-3.
    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.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- 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 afternoon.
    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.



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DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) matched her career high in points with 23 to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team past Colgate University, 75-70, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career-high 18 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds to go along with a career-best six steal in the game for the Wildcats. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) drained four 3-pointers en route to a 16-point effort for New Hampshire. The Wildcats, who snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, even out at 3-3, while the Raiders drop to 1-6.



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DURHAM, N.H.-    The University of New Hampshire will host Colgate for the second year in a row. The Wildcats have won the last two head-to-head matchups and have been the victors in three out of the last four games played. The last loss against Colgate, a 74-64 defeat, came at home Jan. 1, 2004. The Wildcats and the Raiders both joined the North Atlantic Conference in 1989, going 1-1 in conference play that season. The Raiders left the conference after just one season to join their current league, the Patriot League.



DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach Kristin Cole has announced her first player to have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats beginning in the 2008-09 season is Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.). “I am extremely excited that Kelsey has chosen to join the UNH family,” said Cole, “She is a wonderful young woman who will make an immediate impact on our program and the university.”
Hogan, who is in her fourth season with the Nashua North High School basketball team, is rated 153rd in the Blue Star Index Top-200.



CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Boston College, 77-52, Tuesday evening at Conte Forum. The Eagles, who are now 3-2, were led by freshman Stefanie Murphy with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) led the charge for the Wildcats (2-3) with 16 points.  
    Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) got the ball off the tip, taking a lay up to give the Wildcats an early lead. Cerniglia hit back-to-back 3-pointers, extending the Wildcats’ lead to 8-4 with 17:21 remaining in the half. Cerniglia finished the half with nine points, all on 3-pointers. With the Wildcats up by four (10-6) with 15:38 remaining, BC’s Murphy delivered six straight points to start a 17-0 Eagles run. Murphy, who finished the half with 14 points, had 10 points in the run which made the score 25-10 with 9:57 remaining. The Eagles, who led by as many as 19 (35-16), took a 13-point lead (38-25) into the locker room at the half.




CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.-  The New Hampshire Wildcats travels to Conte Forum for the second consecutive season to face Boston College. The Eagles, who hold a slight all-time series lead (11-8), have been in control of the series since the 90’s, winning six out of the last seven head-to-heads. The most recent New Hampshire win came at home on Dec. 17, 1995 (67-65). The latest road victory against Boston College,  a 69-64 overtime win, was on Dec. 1, 1982. The Wildcats dominated the series at the start, winning the first six games played between the two schools (1976-1985).



DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team battled for 40 minutes but came up short against St. Peter’s College, 60-49, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) both posted in double figures, with 15 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats in scoring, and sophomore Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down a career-high 13 boards to lead the team in rebounding.
    With the Peahens up by five (24-19) with 5:08 remaining in the first half, New Hampshire went on a 7-2 run, tying the game (26-26) on a 3-pointer by freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.). St. Peter’s took back the lead, but Cerniglia banked two free-throws for the Wildcats, who struggled from the line (51.7 percent), to tie the game 28-28 at the half. Cerniglia finished the half with 13 points, while playing all 20 minutes in the first half.



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DURHAM, N.H.- After a 10 year hiatus, New Hampshire and St. Peters return to action, looking to break a 1-1 tied all-time series. The Wildcats and Peahens will play Saturday, Nov. 24. Gametime at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m.




CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday.
    In the Wildcats’ first week of action, Beliveau averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Beliveau posted 17 points to lead the Wildcats in a 71-59 win over Tennessee-Martin as part of the South Florida Shootout at the Sun Dome on Sunday afternoon. She also led the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with five for a career-best eight boards in the game. In the first game of the Shootout Beliveau had seven points and five rebounds in the game against South Florida. In her first collegiate game versus Central Connecticut, Beliveau posted eight points and had three steals. Beliveau shot .444 for the week, including .429 (6-for-14) behind the 3-point arc.   



TAMPA, Fla.– Four players on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team posted in double-figures in a 71-59 win over the University of Tennessee-Martin. With the victory the Wildcats improve to 2-1, while the Skyhawks even out at 2-2. Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who posted a career-high 23 points in yesterday’s game, had 13 points and four assists today and earned a spot on the South Florida Shootout All-Tournament Team.  
    Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted a career-high 17 points. She also led the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with five for a career-best eight boards in the game. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) had a career night by posting a career-best 14 points and pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds, which led the Wildcats on the boards. 
    New Hampshire opened up the game with a layup by Williams to take the lead. With the score 10-5 with 15:42 remaining in the half, the Wildcats went on a 11-2 run to increase their lead to 12 points (21-9) with 10:20 remaining. During the run the Wildcats held the Skyhawks scoreless for over three minutes of play, while New Hampshire drained three 3-pointers in under two minutes.




TAMPA, Fla. – Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) posted a career-high 23 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team in a 72-56 loss to the University of South Florida as part of the South Florida Shootout at the Sun Dome. The Wildcats suffer their first defeat of the season and even out at 1-1, while the Bulls improve to 2-1.
    The Wildcats, who were down by 14 points (20-6) with 8:53 remaining in the first half, battled back to even the score at 24-24 with 3:56. In the 18-4 run, senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) sunk two free-throws to close the gap at 24 apiece. Cerniglia finished the game with eight points for the Wildcats. The Bulls closed out the half with a 12-4 run to take an eight-point (36-28) advantage into the locker room




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TAMPA, Fla.-  In the first day of action at the South Florida Shootout, Illinois State will face the University of Tennesee-Martin at noon. Th e game will be followed by the Wildcats facing host-school University of South Florida. On Sunday, Nov. 18, New Hampshire will play UTM Skyhawks at noon. The weekend concludes with a game between the Redbirds of Illinois State and the Bulls of the University of South Florida.
     The only team the Wildcats have faced previously is the USF Bulls. New Hampshire suffered a 95-69 loss in the game played on Dec. 29, 1990. In the game, Laura Seiden and Julie Donlon combined for 46 of the Wildcats 69 points to lead the team. Donlon with 20 points added a team-high eight rebounds in the loss for the Wildcats. Th e Bulls out-rebounded the Wildcats 57-35 and had four players posting double fi gures. Jackie Eisenhauer led the charge with 25 points.



DURHAM, N.H.- Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered a team-high 18 points, leading the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team in a total team effort, past Central Connecticut, 71-59, in the season opener at Lundholm Gymnasium. Eleven players recorded points in the game for Kristin Cole’s first career victory as a head coach.
    New Hampshire, up by just two midway through the first half (11-9), went on an 8-0 run to take a 10 point lead (19-9) with 8:11 remaining in the first half of action. The Wildcats, propelled by a 12-point first-half effort by Cerniglia, led by as many as 12 points (30-18) with 46 seconds remaining in the first. Cerniglia nailed four 3-pointers in the first half to help the Wildcats to a nine-point lead at the half (30-22).


DURHAM, N.H. -     In a rivalry that dates back to the first varsity season at UNH, the teams reunited last year after a 13-season hiatus. From 1986-89, the two teams were both part of the Seaboard Conference. Nowadays you can find the Blue Devils in the Northeast Conferenece.

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    New Hampshire welcomed Head Coach Kristin Cole during the offseason as the program’s fifth head coach. A highlight of the 2006-07 season was the emergence of Amy Simpson, an all-rookie last year. Simpson started all 27 games and averaged 7.0 points per game. With 7.3 ppg, senior Ashley Cerniglia is the Wildcats’ top returning scorer, while junior Danielle Flowers was an 18-game starter a year ago. all-rookie honoree as a freshman. The Blue Devils opened up the season at Virginia Commonwealth this past Friday.

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DURHAM, N.H.- Four players posted double figures to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to a comeback victory over New Brunswick, 79-72, in an exhibition game Friday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    In the first half New Brunswick’s Katelyn Springer went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to lead the Varsity Reds to a 10-point halftime lead, 46-36. Springer finished the game with five 3-pointers to total a team-high 21 points in the game.
    The Wildcats turned the game around, going on a 22-11 run to take the lead midway through the second half. Freshman guard Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.) stole the ball in the Varsity Reds’ zone and passed it up to Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) at half court. Simpson then fed the ball to freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), who layed the ball in on the fast break to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 58-57, at 10:50.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men’s and women’s basketball teams will each play an exhibition game prior to the start of the regular season.
     The men’s team will host an exhibition game with Merrimack College on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.
     The women’s team will host an exhibition game with New Brunswick University on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.


DURHAM, N.H. – Kristin Cole, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, has announced the hiring of Mountain MacGillivray as assistant coach, rounding out her coaching staff for the 2007-08 season.
    “Mountain’s exceptional work ethic, experience and passion for the game will make an immediate impact on our program,” Coach Cole said. “He has a great knowledge for the game. I consider him a steal and we are fortunate to have him on our staff.


DURHAM, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced the schedule for the 2007-08 women’s basketball season. “I am very excited for the 2007-08 season,” Head Coach Kristin Cole said. “We have a good non-conference schedule that will help us to prepare for the America East conference.”
    The Wildcats open up the 2007-08 season at home, hosting Central Connecticut (Nov. 13). The New Hampshire women’s basketball team will travel south to take part in the South Florida Classic, playing host school South Florida (Nov. 17) and the University of Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 18), both of which the Wildcats have never faced. The squad will return home to play St. Peter's (Nov. 24), finishing up the month of November with a trip to Boston College (Nov. 27).

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DURHAM, N.H – Kristin Cole, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, has announced the hiring of Morgan Valley as assistant coach, effective immediately.
    “I am extremely excited to have Morgan Valley join our staff,” Cole said. “Her work ethic, passion for the game and her ability to relate to our players will make an immediate impact on the program. She is a great addition to the UNH family.”
    Valley, a 2005 University of Connecticut graduate, served as assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross from 2005-07. During her two years at Holy Cross the Crusaders made it to back-to-back Patriot League championship games, winning the title in 2007 en route to a NCAA appearance.



DURHAM, N.H. – Kristin Cole, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, has announced the hiring of Tara Boothe as assistant coach.
    “I am thrilled that Tara Boothe has decided to join our staff,” Cole said. “Her experience as a player and her passion to help our players develop will benefit our program tremendously. She is a wonderful addition to our family.”



DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-2008 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
     Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.





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