SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-17, 3-5 AE)
New Hampshire is coming into this game on a three game skid to America East teams, including a 59-32 loss to Hartford … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has led the team in scoring in each of the past three contests and now has posted double figures in all 22 games for the Wildcats this season … In the game, the Wildcats held the Hawks to just 13 percent (4-30) shooting from the field in the second half and outscored their opponent 18-14 in the final frame, but a 31 point (45-14) halftime deficit was too much to overcome ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) chipped in with four points and two blocks apiece ... Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) also had four points to go along with six rebounds and two steals ... Rachel Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down six rebounds for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING UMBC (12-9, 4-4 AE)
UBMC is coming into today's game after dropping two America East games to close out the month of January ... Today's contest will mark the first of game of the month for UMBC, which enjoyed last week off after falling to Stony Brook, 78-62, and Boston University, 84-57 ... Carlee Cassidy, the squad's leading scorer (22.6 ppg), has led the Retrievers in each of the past seven games, including posting 33 points against the Terriers to tie her career high ... Meghan Colabella, who leads the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg), has lead the Retrievers in rebounding in each of the past two games.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds at Binghamton (Jan. 28). She has one other double-double during America East action as she posted 21 points and pulled down 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 seven double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned nine during the 2003-04 season.
‘CATS BLOCK PARTY
Three Wildcat players recently jumped on to UNH’s career blocks list. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with 44 career blocks is 10th on the list. Juniors Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), with 37, and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 36, are in the 15th (tied) and 17th spots, respectively. McDonald, who recently matched her career high in blocks for the third time this year with four against Stony Brook (Jan. 21), has registered multiple blocks in 10 games this season.
TWO PEAS IN ‘AE’ POD
In conference only action, the Wildcats are the only team in the America East to have two players in the top-five in scoring. Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who leads the squad in scoring, is third in the America East in scoring during conference play, averagin 19.1 points per game. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is fifth in the conference as she averages 14.8 points per game in conference action.
Freshman guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) destroyed her previous career high of 8 points by posting 13 against Vermont on Feb. 1. She went 5-for-8 free throw line and earned nine of her 13 points in the final frame.
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 second inthe conference in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game.
THE EARLY SHOW
Sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who has started in each of the past three games, recently posted a career-high 12 points in the Wildcats’ win against Albany (Jan. 24).
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 22 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). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
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.