SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-7, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire has been led in scoring and rebounding in each of the past three games by junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), including back-to-back double-doubles. The Wildcats recently fell to Canisius, 64-37, at home ... Williams tallied her second consecutive double-double to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 11 points, and rebounding with 12 boards … The game marked Williams’ ninth straight game in double-figures as she leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game … Also averaging in double-figures is Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who averages 12.1 points per game ... Williams is second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 8.3 boards per game.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHINGAN (6-4, 0-0 MAC)
Central Michigan has been led in scoring in six of its ten games this season by Britni Hougton, who averages a conference-best 21.1 points per game ... In all but one game this season, the Chippewas have had at least one scorer deliver 20 points or more ... The Chippewas have dropped their past two games, including a recent loss to Milwaukee ... In the game, the Chippewas erased two 10-point deficits, but a shot at the buzzer allowed for a 78-77 Milwaukee win ... CMU leads the conference in scoring with an 81.4 points per game average.
SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE (7-4, 2-0 OVC)
Morehead State has dropped its past two games, including a recent 78-69 at Toledo ... In each of the past four games the Eagles have been led in scoring by Chynna Bozeman, who averages 15.3 points per game ... Brittany Pittman, who averages 10.6 rebounds per game, has led the team on the boards in all but one game this season ... The Eagles opened up conference play Dec. 4 with wins against UT Martin, 82-54, and Murray State, 84-76, in overtime ... All seven Morehead State victories have come at home this season.
SCOUTING LOUISVILLE (10-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Louisville enters the tournament riding a five-game winning streak, as the Cardinals have only lost one game this season ... The loss was an 88-82 decision at Nevada ... The Cardinals have recenlty won four straight home games, inccluding a 67-56 victory over America East opponent Vermont ... Deseree Byrd led the squad in scoring with 15 points ... In seven of ten games this season, Angel McCoughtry has led the team in scoring and averages 21.9 points, which ranks second in the Big East ... She also leads the team in rebounding with 8.9 rebounds per game ... Entering the tournament, the host school is 5-0 at home this season and have not lost in Louisville since Jan. 12, 2008, a 92-71 loss to UConn.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has tallied nine straight games in double figures to start the 2008-09 season. During that time she has notched three double-doubles and posted a career-high 15 rebounds against Northeastern (Dec. 14). She has led the Wildcats in scoring in each of the past three games and has posted back-to-back double-doubies. 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.
FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BENCH
Morehead State head coach Mike Bradley and New Hampshire head coach Kristin Cole, both in their second year at their prespective schools, both come from Xavier, where they served five years together (2002-2007). During their tenures at Xavier, the Musketeers compiled an overall record of 106-50, made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2003) and three trips to the WNIT Tournament, including in 2005 when the team advanced to the quarterfinals. As assistants, they mentored current New Hampshire assistant Tara Boothe, who is Xavier's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
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.
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.
BATTLING THE BEST
This season, New Hampshire will face some of the top teams in the country. At the time of the match up, Boston College (Dec. 9) held a RPI of 31. The Wildcats played host to the Canisius Griffs (Dec. 20), who were at 83 during the game. New Hampshire will also face Louisville (Dec. 30), which is 14th and Xavier (Jan. 2), with a rating of 39. In America East play, the Wildcats will find themselves up against powerhouse Hartford, which has an RPI of 62. 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. 27.