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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-6, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire earned its first win at home this season with a 70-62 come-from-behind victory against Northeastern on Dec. 14 … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who garnered America East Player of the Week honors for her efforts, earned her second double-double of the season to lead the Wildcats with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against the Huskies … Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who was the other Wildcat to post in double-figures at Boston College with 12 points, matched Williams with 17 points against Northeastern, 15 of which came from 3-point land … The Wildcats, who shot 60 percent (15-25) in the second half, went on a 20-3 run to begin the final frame and erase an 11-point halftime deficit to the Huskies … Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) delivered 14 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds and career-best seven assists … Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) notched a career-high 10 points, while also tying her career-high with four blocks.
SCOUTING CANISIUS (5-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Canisius has won four out of its past five games, including recent back-to-back wins at home. In the final of a four-game homestand, the Griffs earned a 56-38 victory over Youngstown State on Dec. 17. The Griffs, led by Marie Warner with five steals, forced 33 turnovers and allowed only 13 first-half points. Warner, the team's leading scorer (15.4 ppg), also led the squad in scoring with 18 points and rebounding with nine board's. Brittane Russell, who averages 10.1 points per game, also posted in double-figures with 13. The Griffs' only road win of the season came against America East opponent, Binghamton. Stephanie MacDonald and Amanda Cavo tallied 20 and 21 points, respectively, to lead the team to a 79-73 win at Binghamton. Micayla Drysdale is a 3-point threat as she has hit half of all attempts (20-40) from beyond the arc this season.
WILLIAMS EARNS AMERICA EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), a junior forward, was named America East Player of the Week, as announced by the conference Dec. 15. Williams, who was named America East Player of Game in New Hampshire’s past two contests, averaged a double-double last week with 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. The forward led the Wildcats with a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds at Boston College. She followed that performance with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in the Wildcats’ win over Northeastern. In the past two games, Williams played 79 out of 80 possible minutes and went six-for-six from the free throw line against the Eagles. Against Northeastern, Williams tallied 13 of her 17 points during the Wildcats’ second-half charge, in which the team scored 48 points during the final frame to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit. She went 5 of 9 from the floor in the second half for the Wildcats, who shot 60 percent (15-25) during the final 20 minutes.
The Wildcats overcame an 11-point halftime deficit against Northeastern to earn their first win at home this season. The squad improved its shooting from 25 percent (8-32) in the first half to 60 percent (15-25) in the final frame. Guiding the Wildcats were Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) who each registered 13 and 10 second-half points, respectively. The last time New Hampshire rallied back from a halftime shortcoming to garner a victory was versus Maine on Jan. 18, 2006. The Wildcats opened up the final stanza by going on a 14-1 run to take their first lead of the game. Ray Williams scored 10 second-half points to lead the charge for the Wildcats.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has tallied eight straight games in double figures to start the 2008-09 season. During that time she has notched two double-doubles and posted a career-high 15 rebounds against Northeastern (Dec. 14). The last Wildcat to start the season on such a streak was Maren Matthias, in which she marked 18 straight 10-plus point performances to open up the 2003-04 season.
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.