SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-21, 6-9 AE)
New Hampshire, in its third straight down-to-the-wire game, snapped a two-game streak as the fell to Binghamton at the buzzer … Down by three with six ticks left on the clock, Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) sunk a trey to even the score, 53-53 ... The Bearcats, however, rushed the ball up the court and found Jackie Ward, who sunk a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the visitors the win ... LaRosa finished the game with 10 points for the Wildcats, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) posted a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) matched her career high in assists with 11 in the game ... This marked the fourth straight game Williams led the charge for the Wildcats as she posted 22 in the win at Albany ... Simpson finished with 17 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals … Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who registered the first five points of the game, pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING HARTFORD (18-10, 13-2 AE)
Hartford's two losses during conference play have come on the hands of the undefeated Boston U. Terriers, including a 80-75 decision on Feb. 24 ... Diana Delva (18p, 11r) and Erica Beverly (13p, 16r) both earned double-doubles in the contests ... The Hawks, led by Beverly with 16 points, recently defeated Vermont, 57-47, after earning a 79-56 victory at Stony Brook ... Despite only having one player in the top-ten in scoring (Delva; 12.1 ppg), the Hawks well-balanced team gives them the third best offenese in the conference, averaging 66.1 points per game ... Beverly, averaging 2.1 blocks per game, leads the Hawks, who lead the America East in the same category (4.9 bpg).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the second time this season, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was named America East Player of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Williams, who averaged a double-double this past week, led the Wildcats in wins over Stony Brook (Feb. 24) and Albany (Feb. 28). Against the Seawolves, the forward tallied 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to earn her tenth double-double of the season. She also added a career-high three blocks in the game. At Albany, Williams earned her fifth 20-plus point game with a team-high 22 points. The forward, who shot 8 of 13 from the floor, also pulled down eight rebounds in the game.
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 (8.2 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game.
The Wildcats recently broke the record for the most blocks in a single season. As a team, the Wildcats have twarted away 112 shots this season. New Hampshire, led by Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) with 47 blocks this season, posted seven blocks in three different contests this season.
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 857 points in her career, which ranks 18th on the top-20 points list.
DOING THE DISHES
In the game against Binghamton (Mar. 4), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) matched her career high in assists with 11. She is the first Wildcat player to dish out 10-plus assists since Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) dished out a career-high 10 assists in the Wildcats' game at UMBC (Jan. 10). Simpson was the first to record 11 assists since she did it on Feb. 2, 2008, also at UMBC.
McDONALD BLOCK PARTY
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) thwarted away four blocks in the Wildcats game against Binghamton (Mar. 4) to match her career high for the sixth time during her two years at UNH. McDonald, who registered all of her blocks during the opening frame, has posted four blocks in three other games this season. In conference play, she earned four blocks against Stony Brook (Jan. 21) and Maine (Jan. 6), while also posting that many in games against Norhteastern (Dec. 14) and UMass (Nov. 19).
New Hampshire, down by as many as 17 in the first half, overcame an eight point (26-18) halftime deficit to defeat Stony Brook (Feb. 25), 50-49. In their next game the Wildcats battled back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Albany (Feb. 28). The effort marked the fifth time this season the Wildcats rebounded from a halftime deficit to earn a victory. Four of the five come-from-behind wins, which include games against Northeastern, Albany, Maine and Stony Brook came at home.
For the first time this season the Wildcats were perfect from the charity stripe, as they went 11-for-11 at Vermont (Feb. 22). Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) hit all nine shots from the free throw line and freshman Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) drained two in the game for the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats were perfect from the line was when they went 10 of 10 against Albany on Jan. 5, 2008.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her tenth double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and 17 rebounds against Stony Brook. Williams leads the conference in double-doubles this season as Erica Beverly is the closest with eight on the year. The performance marked her second straight double-double of as she posted 22 points and 10 rbeounds at Vermont (Feb. 22). She has three other double-doubles against America East opponents, with two on the hands of UMBC, including a 19-point, 11-rebound performance on Feb. 8. Her second against the Retrievers this season came at UMBC (Jan. 10) as she posted 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. She also earned a double-double at Binghamton (Jan. 28) where she tallied 19 points 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 ten double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned 14 during the 2002-03 season.
‘CATS BLOCK PARTY
Three Wildcat players recently jumped on to UNH’s career blocks list. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with 56 career blocks is seventh on the list. Juniors Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), with 41, and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 37, are tied for the 14th 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 12 games this season.
Idividuals on this season’s squad have 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 58 trifectas on the season, she is tied for the top spot on the list. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 156 free throws on the season is second on the list of free throws made in a single season. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), who has blocked 47 shots so far this season, is second on the single season list.