SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-6, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire most recently fell to Boston College, 81-58, in the finale of a six-game road trip ... Against the Eagles, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her eighth straight game in double-figures with 16 points ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also tallied 16 points, marking her sixth straight game in double-figures ... The Wildcats earned their first win of the season with a victory at Colgate, 89-61 ... The Wildcats, led by Simpson 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 ... Williams, who leads the squad in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg), tallied 13 points, while Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) chipped in with a career high-tying 10 points for the Wildcats ... New Hampshire shot 61.8 percent (34-55) in the game, including 60.9 percent (14-23) from 3-point range.
SCOUTING NORTHEASTERN (2-4, 0-0 CAA)
Northeastern is coming into today's game with a two-game winning streak, most recently defeating America East member Stony Brook, 62-51 ... Ashlee Feldman drained four 3-pointers and led the squad in scoring with 17 points ... Kendra Walton, with five rebounds, led the Huskies on the boards for the third straight game ... Kim Carr led the charge with 22 points in the Huskies' first win of the season, a 56-53 victory over Rhode Island. She averages 11.7 points per game this season ... Northeastern faced AE opponent Boston University on Nov. 25 ... Though Walton tallied a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, the Huskies fell to the cross-town foe, 71-68 ... Jasmine Crew is the squad's leading scorer with 11.8 points 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 17 of 22 games, including each of he past eight contests. She has tallied 13 points in the past two games, at Boston College (Dec. 9) and Colgate (Dec. 5). 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 fourth in the America East in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game and in rebounding (6.9 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, is third in the America East in rebounding, averaging 36.3 boards per game this season.
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.
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has cracked the top six in the Wildcats' list of career 3-point field goals made by sinking 112 trifectas in her career as a Wildcat. This season, Simpson has hit 12 shots from beyond the arc. Last season, Simpson, who led the team in scoring, drained 55 shots from beyond the arc, which was just three shy of the record for 3-pointers in a single season. During her freshman campaign she recorded 45 3-pointers, including six trifectas in the Wildcats' final regular-season game at Binghamton (March 3, 2007).