SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-2, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire dropped its first road game of the season, 67-51, at UMass on Nov. 19 … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) delivered a career-high 14 points for the Wildcats … New Hampshire doubled its production in the second half of action, scoring 34 during the final frame to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and get within three points of the Minutewomen, but the home team was able to hold onto the lead and grab the win … Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) notched eight points in the first half en route to a 12-point performance … Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) had a career-high four blocks and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, including seven during the final frame ... Williams is the squad’s leading scorer (15.0 ppg), while McDonald leads the team in rebounds, averaging six per game.
SCOUTING LONG ISLAND (2-2, 0-0 NEC)
Long Island defeated host-school Columbia, 58-55, in a down-to-the-buzzer match at the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic ... Junior Connie James, who tallied 16 points for LIU, hit a layup with 47 seconds left to put the Blackbirds on top and Palmer, who also notched 16, hit a free throw to make it a three-point game with 23 seconds remaining ... Palmer, who also had 10 boards in the game, has three double-doubles on the season, as she notched 30 points and pulled down 16 boards in the first game of the season. Long Island freshman Ashley Palmer recorded a double-double, with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Blackbirds, but it was not enough as the squad fell to Texas State, 63-61 in the second round of the classic.
SCOUTING YALE (2-2, 0-0 IVY)
Yale has been lead in scoring in all four games this season by junior Melissa Colborne, who has most-recently notched back-to-back 19-point games ... The Bulldogs recently fell to the host school of the Subway Classic, Minnesota, 87-63 ... Colborne shot 6 of 12 from the floor en route to a 19-point performance, but it was not enough as four Minnesota players tallied in double-figures ... In the first game of the Classic, the Bulldogs shot 57.9 percent in the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit and defeat North Carolina State, 65-61 ... Wright led the squad in scoring both games ... Jamie Van Horne, who leads the team in trifectas drained five 3-pointers in the games against NC State.
SCOUTING KENTUCKY (2-1, 0-0 SEC)
Kentucky won back-to-back home games games after dropping its first game of the season to Michigan, 70-60 ... Victoria Dunlap earned her second double-double of the season (13p, 14r) in Kentucky's most-recent win against George Washington, 67-48 ... The Wildcats tallied 44 second-half points and were led in scoring by Amani Franklin with 16 points ... Against Cincinnati, Dunlap, with 17 first-half points, led Kentucky to overcome a 12-point, first-half deficit to defeat the Bearcats, 58-55, and earn its first win of the season ... Dunlap, the Wildcats' leading scorer and rebounder, totaled 22 in the game.
CAREER NIGHT FOR THE WILDCATS
Guard Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) notched a career-high 14 points in the Wildcats' game at UMass (Nov. 19), including a career-best two 3-pointers. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) led the team in blocks (4) and rebounds (9) during the game, marking career highs in both categories. She notched three blocks in the opening stanza and pulled down seven of her nine rebounds in the final frame.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a team-high 16 points in the Wildcats' game at UMass (Nov. 19), marking back-to-back double-digit performances to open up the season. Williams, who has hit in double figures in eight of the past ten outings, has 21 career double-digit performances. Last season, the forward had a span of five games in which she notched ten or more points in every game from Dec. 4, 2007 to Jan. 5, 2008.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), with 20 points versus Bryant (Nov. 14), is the first freshman to lead the team in scoring in a season opener since Nov. 28, 1993, when Pam Brandell led the squad with six points and seven rebounds against Rhode Island. The 20-point performance makes Hogan the highest-scoring Wildcat freshman in season tip-off games over the past 25 years – and possibly ever, as records prior to that season are inconclusive.
If New Hampshire and Kentucky meet on the second day of the the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic one thing is for sure: the Wildcats will win... and lose. New Hampshire and Kentucky both share the nickname, Wildcat, as do 23 other four-year colleges throughout the country. The Wildcat, with 25 colleges using it, is one of the most popular nicknames. New Hampshire’s original mascot Wild E. Cat welcomed Gnarlz to the Wildcat mascot family this year.
LAST TIME OUT
In the first road game of the season, the Wildcats doubled their production in the second half of action, scoring 34 during the final frame to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and get within three points of UMass, but the Minutewomen were able to hold onto the lead and grab the win, 67-51, on Nov. 19. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) delivered a career-high 14 points for the Wildcats. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) had a career-high four blocks and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, including seven during the final frame.
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has cracked the top ten in the Wildcats' list of career 3-point field goals made by sinking 100 trifectas in her first two years as a Wildcat. Last season, Simpson, who led the team in scoring, drained 55 shots from beyond the arc, which was just three shy of the school record for 3-pointers in a single season. During her freshman campaign she recorded 45 3-pointers, including six trifectas in the Wildcats' final regular-season game at Binghamton (March 3, 2007). This season, Simpson has hit two shots from beyond the arc to total 102 in her career, good for eighth on the career 3-pointers list.
In the past three years, the Wildcats have taken part in four regular-season tournaments and bode well with a record of 5-3 in those games. New Hampshire went 1-1 at the South Florida Shootout last year and also split in the Lady Luck Classic at Virginia Tech during the 2006-07 season. In Tampa last season, Amy Simpson notched 36 points on the weekend to garner a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In 2005, the Wildcats defeated Towson (70-69) and host-school Lehigh (66-58), both in overtime, to win the 2005 Lehigh Christmas City Classic.