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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-17, 4-5 AE)
    New Hampshire split two games during last week's conference action, including a 73-65 home win to UMBC … In the Wildcats 69-43 loss to Hartford the Wildcats were led in scoring by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 12 points and five rebounds … 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 … In the win vs. UMBC, Williams once again led the squad with 19 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season … The forward, who has now posted in double figures in all 23 games for the Wildcats this season, also dished out a career-high four assists in the game … Also earning a oduble-double for the Wildcats was Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), the first of her career, with 17 points and 10 rebounds … Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) rounded out the double figure scoring for the Wildcats with 12 and 11 points, respectively … Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down 11 boards for the Wildcats, who outrebounded their opponent, 51-40.

SCOUTING MAINE (2-20, 0-9 AE)
    Maine dropped two America East games this past week, which included a 82-34 decision at Hartford and a 57-39 loss at Stony Brook ... Against Hartford, Kristin Baker, who tallied eight points, led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season ... Colleen Kilmurray delivered 14 points and pulled down six board in the games against the Seawolves ... The Black Bears held the halftime lead against the Seawolves, marking the fourth time this season that Maine has held the lead at the half and the third time that the Black Bears have surrendered the lead in the second half of action ... Brittany Boser leads the squad in both scoring (10.5 ppg) and recboing (5 rpg). 

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE   
    Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds against UMBC (Feb. 8), her second against UMBC this season as she posted 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at UMBC (Jan. 10). She has a double-doubles against one other America East opponent, Binghamton (Jan. 28) where she tallied 19 poitns and pulled down 10 rebounds. 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) (Nov. 28). The last Wildcat to earn at least eight 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-six 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, averaging 22.1 points per game. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is sixth in the conference as she averages 14.3 points per game in conference action.

WILDCAT GLASS CLEANING
    Each member of the team pulled down at least one rebound, including three players with 10-plus rebounds, to total season-high 51 rebounds in the game against UMBC (Feb. 8). The tally marked the first time New Hampshire totaled that many boards in a regulation game since Feb. 9, 2002 when they pulled down 53 at Boston University. The Wildcats outrebounded the Retrievers 51-40 in the game.

DOING WELL(s)
    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 the conference leader in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game.

Top-10
    This season’s squad has recently cracked into the top-10 in multiple single season records categories. For the third consecutive season, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is getting her name onto the Wildcat’s top-10 list of 3-pointers made in a single season. With 48 trifectas on the season, she is tied for fifth on the list- she is 10 treys away from the top spot. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 112 free throws on the season is ninth on the list of free throws made in a single season. Also ninth on a single season records list is  Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), who has blocked 35 shots so far this season. As a team, the Wildcats have twarted away 90 shots this season, which ranks third on UNH’s list for blocked shots in a single season.  

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY
    Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 23 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.

20/20
    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.

DOING THE DISHES
    Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) dished out a career-high 10 assists in the Wildcats' game at UMBC (Jan. 10), which markd the first 10-plus assist game since Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dished out 11 on Feb. 2, 2008, also at UMBC. LaRosa handed out seven of her 10 assists during the final half.

SIMPSON'S 20-20 VISION
    Junior Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied back-to-back 20-plus point games, including a career-best 28 points at UMBC (Jan. 10). She also posted 21 points against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). The back-to-back 20+ games marks the first for a Wildcat since the 2006-2007 season, when Danielle Clark scored 25 points and 21 points in back-to-back games. The guard has ten 20-plus point performances in her career as a Wildcat. Simpson, who has 804 career points, needs five more to get onto UNH's top-20 points leaders.

 

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