WOMEN'S HOOPS TO HOST BOSTON U. ON JAN. 15 AS PART OF "PINK ZONE"

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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-18, 4-6 AE)
    New Hampshire looks to rebound after a setback at Maine, 57-49 ... The Wildcats were led in scoring by Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) who posted 17 points and six rebounds in the game ... Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) had six points for the Wildcats, all of which came in the opening frame. The forward also had three steals in the game ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) each tallied five points in the game for the Wildcats ... Williams pulled down six rebounds in the game, while LaRosa dished out eight assists to go along with two steals ... Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) thwarted away three balls in the game to lead the Wildcats in blocks.

SCOUTING BOSTON U. (16-6, 10-0 AE)
     Boston University comes into today’s contest as the lone undefeated America East team against conference opponents ... In each of the past two outings, which included a 64-61 overtime win at Vermont, the Terriers have been led in scoring and rebounding by Jesyka Burks-Wiley ... The squad’s leading scorer (18.5 ppg) posted 28 points to lead five scorers in double figures in the team’s most-recent victory against Stony Brook, a 89-71 decision ... The Terriers, who average 72 points per game, lead the conference in scoring and in field goal percentage (43 percent).

"PINK ZONE"
    The “Pink Zone” initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The WBCA began “Pink Zone” in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year of the “Pink Zone” a success.

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, averaging 20.9 points per game. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is fifth in the conference as she averages 14.6 points per game in conference action.

AMONG ELITE COMPANY
    By posting 17 points at Maine (Feb. 12), junior Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) cracked into the Wildcats list of top-20 career scorers. The guard currently has 821 points in her career, which ranks 19th (tied) on the top-20 points list.

LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
    Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of just two players in the America East conference to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding. She is the conference leader in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game.

‘CATS BLOCK PARTY
    Three Wildcat players recently jumped on to UNH’s career blocks list. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with 47 career blocks is ninth on the list. Juniors Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), with 40 , and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 36, are in the 15th and 16th 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 11 games this season.

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.

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.

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 53 trifectas on the season, she is third on the list- she is five  treys away from the top spot. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 117 free throws on the season is eight (tied) on the list of free throws made in a single season. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), who has blocked 38 shots so far this season is seventh (tied) . As a team, the Wildcats have twarted away 95 shots this season, which ranks second on UNH’s list for blocked shots in a single season.  
 

 

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