SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-4, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire dropped two games this past week at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic, falling to Long Island, 74-60, and Yale, 76-55 … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the squad in scoring in both games, recording a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Long Island, which was followed by a 15-point performance against Yale … Also posting in double figures in both games was junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with 11 points against LIU and 13 versus Yale … Simpson also added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists against the Blackbirds … Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) delivered 12 points in the first game of the weekend for the Wildcats … New Hampshire outrebounded LIU, 48-35, including 20 from the offensive end … Against Yale, Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the team, while Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) notched three of the Wildcats' four blocks in the game
SCOUTING HARVARD (3-2, 0-0 IVY)
Coming into Wednesday's action, the Harvard Crimson are fresh off a 72-49 win over Marist (Nov. 30). In the contest three Crimson players reached double-digit scoring as Harvard picked up its third road win of the season. Sophomore Emma Markley led the team in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Katie Rollins and sophomore Claire Wheeler added 11 points apiece, while senior Emily Tay and freshman Brogan Berry both dished out six assists. On the season, Markley leads the team in both scoring and rebounding as she is averaging 15.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. Tay and Berry have also been solid contributors as they are averaging 10.6 and 10.2 points per game paired with 5.6 and 4.8 assists per game, respectively.
SCOUTING COLGATE (2-6, 0-0 PATRIOT)
Colgate has dropped its past two games, including a most-recent 58-56 overtime loss to Wagner (Dec. 1). Katie Garman led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points, while Georgia Gier, the Raiders' leading rebounder (8.5 rpg), pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. Freshman Patricia Oakes, who was selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week last week, chipped in with nine points and five boards. Sami Kozlowski is the squad's leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points per game. Colgate's most recent win came against America East opponent Albany on Nov. 26, in which the Raiders battled back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Great Danes, 48-46.
GREAT IN '08
In 2008, junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has delivered double-digit performances in 14 of 22 games. Last weekend the forward posted 34 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring, with 18 points at Long Island (Nov. 28) and 16 against Yale (Nov. 29). She tallied a team-high 16 points in the Wildcats game at UMass (Nov. 19) and posted 14 against Bryant (Nov. 14) to open up the season. Williams has 23 career double-digit performances. She is tied for second in the America East in scoring, averaging 16 points per game and is third in the conference in rebounding (7.5 rpg).
PERFECTION FROM THE LINE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) went 6-for-6 on the free throw line against Yale (Nov. 29), which marks the 15th career time the forward has been perfect from the charity stripe. She hit all six free throw attempts two times last season and went 5-for-5 from the line versus Albany (Jan. 5), leading the Wildcats' to a perfect 10 of 10.
Every player who entered the game versus Yale recorded at least one rebound to lead the Wildcats to 45 boards. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds against Yale (Nov. 29) leading the Wildcats in boards. Against Long Island, all players (with the exception of Kelsey Hogan, who played only nine minutes) recorded a rebound as the Wildcats outrebounded their opponent, 48-35. The Wildcats, with a season-high 48 boards, were led by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 10 rebounds. New Hampshire, which leads the America East in rebounding, averaging 44 boards per game this season, has a conference-leading 29.8 defensive boards per game.
SHOWING AMERICA EAST HOSPITALITY
Friday's game marks the third game for the Colgate Raiders against an America East opponent, as the Raiders hosted Albany and Binghamton earlier this season.
On Nov. 26, Patricia Oakes lead the Radiers with 16 points in a come-from-behind victory against Albany, 48-46. With the score 43-31 halfway through the final stanza, Oakes sparked a 14-3 Radiers' run, tallying six points during the charge to put the host-school within one point of the Great Danes, 46-45, with 1:43 left to play. Sami Kozlowski then hit a jumper with 35 seconds remaining to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, 47-46. Georgia Gier, who pulled down 13 boards in the game, sunk two free throws to seal the game for the Raiders. Tiffanie Johnson led the Great Danes with 25 points, on 10 of 16 shooting, and nine rebounds.
Against Binghamton (Nov. 19), the Bearcats hit nine 3-pointers and led by as many as 28 points (59-31) on a trifecta by Jackie Ward with 11:17 to play in what was a dominating 66-41 victory at Cotterrell Court. Muffy Sadler and Laura Franceski led the visitors in scoring with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Gier led Colgate with nine points and nine rebounds.
Cotterell Court will host the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in back-to-back games, as the men's basketball team will face Colgate on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and the women's squad will be the next team to take the court, less than 48 hours later on Friday, Dec. 5.
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 guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has cracked the top seven in the Wildcats' list of career 3-point field goals made by sinking 100 trifectas in her 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 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 four shots from beyond the arc to total 104 in her career and is currently tied for seventh on the career 3-pointers list.