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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-5, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire (1-5) earned its first win of the season with a victory at Colgate, 89-61, after falling to Harvard, 81-58 … Against Colgate, the Wildcats, led by Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with nine trifectas, set a school record for 3-pointers in a single game with 14 ... Simpson finished the game with a career-high 24 points, 19 of which came in the opening frame … Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) also had career highs with 19, 13 and eight points, respectively ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her seventh straight double-digit performance with 13 points, while Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) chipped in with a career high-tying 10 points for the Wildcats ... The last time the Wildcats had five players score 10 or more points in one game was on Nov. 7, 2006 against Wagner … New Hampshire shot 61.8 percent (34-55) in the game, including 60.9 percent (14-23) from 3-point range ... Prior to this match, the last time the Wildcats shot 60 percent from the field in a game was Feb. 2, 1997 versus South Carolina ... The last Wildcat win by 20 points or more came against Colgate on Dec. 7, 2005 ... At Harvard, Simpson and Williams tallied 16 points apiece … Williams, who shot 7 of 14 from the floor, notched 11 of her 16 points during the final frame. LaRosa tallied six points and dished out a career-high six assists for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE (5-2, 0-0 ACC)
Boston College's three-game winning streak came to an end as the Eagles fell to Minnesota, 80-60, Dec. 4 ... For the third consecutive game, Mickel Picco led the squad in scoring with 14 points. Picco, the team's leading scorer with a 16.7 points per game average, recorded back-to-back 20-plus games at the Carribean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico ... Picco posted 23 points in a 77-68 win over TCU and delivered 22 against James Madison, a game in which the Eagles won 71-63 ... The only other loss for the Eagles' this season came against Notre Dame, in which the Irish coasted to a 102-54 victory ... Carolyn Sword led the Eagles in scoring in the first two contests of the season with 18 points against St. Francis (Pa.) and 33 points and 15 rebounds and against Holy Cross. She is the squad's leading rebounder, averaging 8.7 per game.
UNH BREAKS 3-POINT RECORD
The Wildcats shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from beyond the arc at Colgate (Dec. 3) hitting a record-setting 14 trifectas in the game. Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) drained six 3-pointers in the game, including five during the opening frame. The Wildcats, who sank nine during the opening stanza, broke the previous record on a 3-pointer by Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) halfway through the final frame, marking the 13th trey of the game. With 9:23 reamining, Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) hit the record-setting 14th 3-pointer of the game. The previous record, 12, was set last season against Maine (Jan. 30).
The Wildcats had five players register in double-figures en route to their first win of the season at Colgate (Dec. 5). Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the squad with a career-high 24 points. Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) tallied 19, while Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) delivered 13 apiece. Rounding out the high scorers was Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.), who posted 10 points for the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats had five players score 10 or more points in one game was Nov. 7, 2006 against Wagner.
CAREER NIGHT FOR THE WILDCATS
New Hampshire's game at Colgate (Dec. 5) marked a career night for many Wildcat players. Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) recorded a career-high 24 points to lead the squad in scoring. Simpson, who went 9-for-15 from the floor, drained a career high-tying six 3-pointers. Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) also had career highs with 19, 13 and eight points, respectively. LaRosa, with four treys, and Hall, with three, both had career nights from beyond the arc. Hall dished out a career-high four assists, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) swiped away a career-best five steals.
New Hampshire shot 61.8 percent (34-55) against Colgate, which marked the first time the Wildcats had a 60 or better field goal percentage since Feb. 2, 1997 versus South Carolina. The Wildcats shot 63 percent (17-27) in the opening frame, including 64.3 percent (9-14) from beyond the 3-point arc. New Hampshire finished with a 60.9 percentage (14-23) from 3-point range. The last time the Wildcats had a 60 percent or better game from beyond the arc was Dec. 11, 2003 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in which the squad went 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from 3-point land.
BATTLING THE BEST
This season, New Hampshire will face some of the top teams in the country, starting with Boston College (Dec. 9), which holds a RPI of 31. The Wildcats will play host to the Canisius Griffs (Dec. 20), who are currently at 77 on the list. New Hampshire will also face Louisville (Dec. 30), which is 20th and Xavier (Jan. 2), with a rating of 51. In America East play, the Wildcats will find themselves up against powerhouses Hartford, which has an RPI of 71, and Vermont, 87. The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage, schedule strength; and opponent’s schedule strength. The adjusted RPI takes into account good wins, bad losses, and good and bad non-conference schedules. All ratings as of Dec. 1
GREAT IN '08
In 2008, junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has delivered double-digit performances in 16 of 22 games. The forward, who led the Wildcats in scoring in four consective games, had a team-high 16 points at Harvard (Dec. 3). At the Turkey Classic, she totaled a team-best 18 points at Long Island (Nov. 28) and 16 against Yale (Nov. 29). She also tallied a team-high 16 points in the Wildcats' game at UMass (Nov. 19) and posted 14 against Bryant (Nov. 14) to open up the season. Williams has 25 career double-digit performances. She is third in the America East in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game and is fifth in the conference in rebounding (6.8 rpg).
In each of the past three games, every player on the squad has recorded at least one rebound. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds against Yale (Nov. 29) leading the Wildcats to a season-high 45 boards. Against Long Island, all players (with the exception of Kelsey Hogan, who played only nine minutes) recorded a rebound as the Wildcats outrebounded their opponent, 48-35. The Wildcats, with a season-high 48 boards, were led by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 10 rebounds. New Hampshire, which leads the America East in rebounding, averaging 44 boards per game this season, has a conference-leading 29.8 defensive boards per game.
PERFECTION FROM THE LINE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) went 6-for-6 on the free throw line against Yale (Nov. 29), which marks the 15th career time the forward has been perfect from the charity stripe. She hit all six free throw attempts two times last season and went 5-for-5 from the line versus Albany (Jan. 5), leading the Wildcats' to a perfect 10 of 10.