SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-14, 3-2 AE)
New Hampshire picked up two America East win this past week … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned back-to-back 20-plus point performances as she led the Wildcats with 26 points at Stony Brook … The forward, who leads the Wildcats in scoring (16.7 ppg), also pulled down five rebounds and had three steals in the game … Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also provided an offensive spark with 21 points at Stony Brook … Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) matched her career high in blocks with four and pulled down five rebounds to go along with her four points in the game ... Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), who went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, totaled seven points for the Wildcats ... Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who pulled down seven rebounds, and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) chipped in with six points apiece for the Wildcats ... Williams was one rebound short of a double double as she had 16 points and nine boards in the Wildcats victory over Albany … Simpson and Early joined Williams in double-figures as they scored 18 and 12 points, respectively ... Simpson also tallied fi ve assists and three rebounds ... To go along with her career high in points, Early added six rebounds and four assists ... McDonald had three blocks on the night.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (7-11, 2-3 AE)
Binghamton has been led in scoring by Andrea Holmes in each of the past two games .. Holmes posted 14 in the Bearcats' 78-63 loss at UMBC ... Laura Franceski netted 12 points while Jackie Ward chipped in 10 points .. Darryll Peterson, who leads the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg), had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds ... Holmes posted a career-high 32 points in a 91-86 victory against Stony Brook ... Erica Carter, the squad's leading scorer (11.2 ppg), posted 21 points, whil Muffy Sadler, who leads the conference in 3-point percentage (44.4), delivered 11 in the contest ... In their first conference game of the season, the Bearcats shot a season-best 60 percent (6-for-10) from 3-point land, but fell to Hartford, 56-51 ... Binghamton's 36.5 3-point percentage tops the America East ... Franceski, who averages a team-best 3 blocks per game, has had multiple block effort in each of the past five games.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 19 games to start the season, including back-to-back 25-plus point games. She had a career-high 27-point performance at Boston University (Jan. 17), then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21). The forward just bypassed Maren Matthias' 18 straight 10-plus point streak to open up the 2003-04 season.
SIMPSON SINKS 'EM
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has drained multiple 3-pointers in each of the past six games for the Wildcats, which included a three-game stretch in which she tallied five treys. The guard hit 5 of 15 trifecta attempts and totaled 21 points in the game against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). She went 5-for-13 from beyond the arc in both of the Wildcats' first two America East games. The guard totaled 17 points against Maine (Jan. 6) and a had career-high 28 at UMBC (Jan. 10). Simpson, who leads the conference in 3-pointers made per game (3.6) during America East play, also is fourth in the America East in scoring (19.4 ppg) during conference action.
LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is the only player in the America East conference to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding. She is third in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding (8.0 rpg).
THE EARLY SHOW
Sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who has started in each of the past two games, recently posted a career-high 12 points in the Wildcats’ win against Albany (Jan. 24). When the forward starts she averages 9 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game, up from 2.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg when coming off the bench.
turning up the heat
The Wildcats, who averaged 54.4 points per game in non-conference action, have turned up the heat during America East play as they average 13.4 more points per game during conference action (67.8 ppg). The reason for the point differantial could be attributed to hot shooting during conference play. The Wildcats have been shooting 43.5 percent from the floor, up from 35.3 percent during non-conference action.
Juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied 26 and 21 points, respectively, in the Wildcats win at Stony Brook on Jan. 21. They also combined for 49 of the Wildcats 85 points at UMBC (Jan. 10) as Simpson posted 28 and Williams had 21. This marked the first duo of Wildcat players to hit 20-plus points in the same game since Nov. 26, 2005 when Danielle Clark (22) and Ray Williams (20) did so versus Cornell.
Number 21, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who recently turned 21 (Jan. 6), notched 21 points in the Wildcats game at Stony Brook on January 21. The guard has now had five straight games in which she tallied in double figures and has ten 20-plus point performances in her career.
powers of 10
In the game against the Terriers, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) shot 10 of 17 from the floor, making her the second Wildcat to have 10 field goals in a game this season as Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) went 10 of 21 at UMBC (Jan. 10). Prior to these performances, the last UNH player to have 10 field goals in a game was Ray Williams, who, on Dec. 11, 2005, was 10 of 13 for 20 points at Northeastern.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds at UMBC (Jan. 10). Williams tallied four consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30. She is the only player to achieve the feat in almost 30 years, as the last Wildcat player to do so was Karen Bolton, who notched five straight during the 1979-80 season. Williams also earned a double-double against Long Island (18p, 10r) on Nov. 28, 2008. The last Wildcat to earn at least six double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned nine during the 2003-04 season.