WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HITS THE ROAD TO FACE STONY BROOK ON JAN. 6
Wednesday's matchup between New Hampshire and Stony Brook University marks the 20th meeting between both teams. UNH leads the all-time series 12-7 and has won three of the last four games against the Seawolves. The Wildcats swept the season series last year, including their most recent victory, which came in a 50-49 decision at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 25, 2009. Despite UNH's recent success, the ‘Cats have struggled on the road against the Seawolves, posting a 1-3 record over the course of the last four games in Stony Brook.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK (2-11, 0-1 AE):
Stony Brook University dropped its conference opener to Hartford in a 65-38 decision at Chase Arena on Jan. 2 ... With the loss the Seawolves dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-1 in America East play ... Hartford improved to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play ... For the Seawolves, the loss comes as the team's sixth in a row ... SBU's two wins this season have come against Air Force (11/27) and St. Francis (12/6) ... Kirsten Jeter scored 11 points and Misha Horsey tallied 10 points in the contest ... Hartford's Diana Delva led all scorers with 20 points and added eight rebounds to earn America East Player of the Game honors ... Horsey's ten points and four assists were enough to have her named America East Player of the Game for Stony Brook ... Hartford outshot Stony Brook .400 to .250 for the game ... The Hawks also held the edge in points in the paint, scoring 28 points, while the Seawolves notched six ... Stony Brook turned the ball over 25 times in the contest, including 14 in the first half of play ... SBU connected on just 5-of-31 field goal attempts in the second half ... Kirsten Jeter leads the Seawolves with 13.3 points and 1.8 steals per game this season ... Joia Daniels has chipped in with 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds ... Destiny Jacobs leads the team with 6.9 rebounds paired with 6.2 points per game ... SBU is tied for third in the conference in rebounds, with an average of 37.9 per game ... The Seawolves also rank third in the conference in steals with 104, averaging 8.0 per game.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-8, 0-1 AE):
Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell short against Vermont, 53-55 on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium ... With the win, the Catamounts improved to 11-2 on the season and 1-0 in America East play, while the Wildcats fell to 5-8 on the year and 0-1 in conference play ... The ‘Cats held the Catamounts to 33.3 percent shooting in the contest, while shooting a .375 clip from the floor ... Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, tallying 12 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists ... McDonald has now tallied a block in each of the last nine games ... She is averaging 4.3 blocks per game over the course of the last four outings ... For the season she is averaging the third-best block total in the conference with 29 ... She also has the second-best field goal percentage in the conference with .536 shooting clip ... For Vermont, Courtnay Pilypaitis took home Player of the Game honors, notching a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) finished the afternoon with 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal ... Simpson added two points, seven rebounds and seven assists ... She currently ranks second in the conference in assists, with an average of 5.6 per game this season ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds ... Williams leads the team with an impressive 7.2 rebounds per game, which currently ranks fifth in the conference ... She now has 1,038 points and 576 rebounds for her career, totals that rank 12th and 10th, respectively, all-time in program history ... The Wildcats currently have three players averaging in double figure scoring, with Beliveau leading the way with 12.9 points per game, while Williams and McDonald are averaging 12.2 and 11.0 points per game ... The last time at least three Wildcats ended the season averaging double-figures in scoring was the 2007-08 campaign, when Simpson averaged 11.3 points, Ashley Cerniglia averaged 10.8 points, Williams averaged 10.5 points and Beliveau averaged 10.0 points per game ... In the game prior against No. 23 Syracuse University, the ‘Cats fell to the Orange 58-48, at Manley Field House on Dec. 30 ... For the Orange, it was their second lowest offensive output this season ... The Wildcats knocked down 10 3-pointers in the contest, marking the first time UNH has achieved the feat since draining 14 trifectas against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008 ... Beliveau was named America East Player of the Game for UNH, scoring 18 points, tallying five rebounds, three assists and a steal on the night ... Williams added 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the contest ... McDonald chipped in with six points, three boards and a career-high seven blocks ... Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) provided a major punch off the bench for the 'Cats, achieving career-highs in points (6), rebounds (4) and assists (4) in 21 minutes of action ... Against Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats earned a 42-40 victory at Koessler Athletic Center ... The Wildcats held the Golden Griffins to .267 shooting from the floor, marking the lowest shooting percentage the Wildcats have allowed as a defense this season ... The 40 points scored by the Golden Griffins was the fewest points the Wildcats have given up this year.
MAKE ROOM AT THE TOP
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in eight boards against Vermont on Jan. 2, moving her to tenth all-time in career rebounds with 576. The senior leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game, a total that currently ranks fifth in the conference. Williams has compiled at least eight rebounds in four of the last five games, including an outing against Canisius College on Dec. 28, when she tallied a season-high 11 rebounds.
SHE'S HEATING UP
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 17 points, tallied six rebounds and a career-high two blocks against Vermont on Jan. 2. In the game prior against No. 23 Syracuse on Dec. 30, the sophomore forward torched the nets for 18 points, while tallying five boards and three assists. In that outing, she also finished with a career-high four 3-pointers. In her last two games she is averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game. On the season, she has scored in double-figures nine times, including three of the last five games.
New Hampshire currently ranks third in the conference with an average of 37.9 rebounds per game. In their most recent action, the Wildcats drew even with the Catamounts, ripping down 41 rebounds, including 24 first half boards. The 'Cats have tallied 40 or more rebounds in six games this season and have lead in boards six times.
The Wildcats drained a season-high 10 3-pointers against No. 23 Syracuse University on Dec. 30, making it the first time UNH has achieved the feat since draining 14 trifectas against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the way knocking down a season-high four trifectas, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) each hit two apiece and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) each added a trey to the mix. Wells leads the Wildcats with 15 3-point field goals this season, while shooting a team best 36.6 percent from down town.
REED IT AND WEEP
Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) provided a major punch off the bench for the 'Cats against No. 23 Syracuse on Dec. 30, achieving career-highs in points (6) and assists (4) in 21 minutes of action. Most recently, the guard scored three points, pulled in a career-high five rebounds and tallied two assists. On the season, the freshman is averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She is shooting an impressive 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from beyond the arc, while shooting 30.0 percent (6-for-20) from the floor.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied a career-high seven blocks against Syracuse on Dec. 30, giving her a block in each of the last eight games. Earlier this season, she notched five blocks versus Louisville on Dec. 22, becoming the first Wildcat to tally five blocks in a game since Ray Williams reached the mark against Yale on Nov. 19, 2005. On the season she has 29 blocks, giving her the third-best block total in the conference, with an average of 2.2 per game. The quick start is nothing new for the junior, as she is picking up right where she left off last season, when she tallied the second best single-season block total in program history with 47. For her career, she ranks fifth all-time in blocks with 85.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her first double-double of the season against Canisius College on Dec. 28 with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Williams, the impressive mark comes as her 14th career double-double. Last season, the forward earned a conference-best 10 double-doubles. As a team, UNH has had three players notch double-doubles this season. Aside from Williams, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is the most recent Wildcat to achieve the feat, notching 10 points and a career-high 11 assists against Holy Cross on Dec. 20. Before that, Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched her first double-double of the season on Nov. 24 against Harvard with 14 points and 14 rebounds. For the forward, it was her third career double-double as she also notched double digit efforts against Northeastern (22 pts, 10 rbs) on Dec. 15, 2007 and Binghamton (18 pts, 11 rbs) on Jan. 19, 2008.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
With UNH's 42-40 victory over Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats snapped a seven-game America East Conference losing streak against the Golden Griffins. Earlier this season, Canisius earned a pair of wins against America East opponents, with victories over Binghamton (49-46) and Albany (52-41). For New Hampshire, the win comes as the program's second in its last three meetings against Canisius College.
After rounding out non-conference play against Syracuse on Dec. 30, UNH head coach Kristin Cole is off to her best start during her tenure at New Hampshire, leading the 'Cats to a 5-7 record in non-conference play to kick off the season. The impressive total comes as the most non-conference wins the Wildcats have earned since also tallying five wins during the 2006-07 campaign.
Three Wildcats scored in double-figures for the fourth time this season against Louisville on Dec. 22. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) each tallied 18 points, while Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) added 12 points. The last time three Wildcats scored in double-figures was in UNH's 78-65 overtime victory over Harvard on Nov. 24. In that contest, Williams (18), McDonald (17) and Denise Beliveau (14) helped achieve the feat. The trio was at it once again versus UMass as Williams (17), Beliveau (15), and McDonald (10) all scored in double-digits. UNH first accomplished the plateau this season against St. Joseph's, as Beliveau led the way with 21 points, while Williams and Wells tallied 15 and 12 points, respectively, leading the 'Cats to a 64-56 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium.
So far this season the Wildcats have been playing stellar defense against some impressive company. They have held opponents to a conference-best .338 shooting percentage from the floor this year, while shooting an impressive .379 clip themselves. The fresh start comes against an A-10 (St. Joseph's, UMass), an ACC (Maryland) and three Big East (Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse) programs, following a season in which opponents shot .404 from the field against the ‘Cats. Most recently against No. 23 Syracuse, the ‘Cats held the Orange to their second lowest offensive output this season, allowing just 58 points and forcing them to shoot just 31.5 percent from the floor. Against Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats held the Golden Griffins to .267 shooting and just 40 points, marks that are both team-highs. Against Quinnipiac on Nov. 29, New Hampshire held the Bobcats to just 29.5 percent shooting. In the game prior versus Harvard, the Wildcats kicked off the game playing stingy defense against the Crimson, holding them scoreless for the first 5:16 of the action and not allowing a field goal until the 8:44 mark. In UNH's 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20, the Wildcats compiled a season-high 13 steals and forced a season-best 27 turnovers. In UNH's matchup against No. 21 Maryland on Nov. 16, the ‘Cats pestered the Terps into shooting just .278 from the field, holding their offense to just 63 points, which was Maryland's second lowest point total in the last 29 games dating back to last season. The only team to hold the Terps to an even lower point total was Louisville, who defeated Maryland 77-60 in the NCAA Elite Eight on March 30, 2009. Against St. Joe's, the ‘Cats were just as impressive, holding the Hawks to just .277 shooting and a total of 56 points.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (9) against Louisville on Dec. 22. McDonald reached the 18-point mark in the game prior against Holy Cross, when she helped lead the 'Cats to an 80-72 victory. The success is nothing new for the junior center, as she is off to a stellar start this season, posting 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this year.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, (Pa.) tallied 12 points, one shy of her career high, against the University of Louisville on Dec. 22. In addition, she also compiled a career-high four steals in the contest. For Wells, it was the second time this season she has scored 12 points, as she also reached the mark in a 64-56 win against St. Joseph's on Nov. 13.
TORCHING THE NETS
The Wildcats scored 80 points against Holy Cross on Dec. 20, marking the largest point total posted by New Hampshire since it notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009. The 80-point output not only comes as a season-high in scoring, but it also marks the first time UNH has shot over 50 percent (54.4; 31-57) from the floor since the ‘Cats did so against Iona on Dec. 12, 2007, when they finished with a .500 percent (30-60) shooting clip.
Five Wildcats finished in double-figure scoring in an 80-72 decision against Holy Cross College on Dec. 22. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led all scorers with 20 points and was followed by Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 18 points, six rebounds), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.; 15 points, nine rebounds), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 10 points, 11 assists) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.; 10 points). The last time five Wildcats scored in double-figures was against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008, when Simpson (24), Abigial LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) (19), Williams (13), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) (13) and Fowler (10) all scored in double-figures.
SPREADING THE FLOOR
The Wildcats currently have three players averaging in double-figure scoring, with leading the way with Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) 12.9 points per game, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) are averaging 12.2 and 11.0 points per game. Currently, the 'Cats are one of just four teams to have three or more players averaging in double-figures. The last time at least three Wildcats ended the season averaging double-figures in scoring was the 2007-08 campaign, when Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) averaged 11.3 points, Ashley Cerniglia averaged 10.8 points, Williams averaged 10.5 points and Beliveau averaged 10.0 points per game.
STEALING THE SHOW
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career-high with five steals against Seton Hall on Dec. 3, marking the third time she has reached the mark in her UNH career. It was also the first time a Wildcat compiled five steals in a game since Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) did so on Dec. 5, 2008 against Colgate. On the season, Beliveau has tallied multiple steals in a game eight times for the Wildcats. She currently leads the team with 26 steals, with an average of 2.0 steals per game.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer on Dec. 30 against Syracuse, giving her 174 3-point field goals for her career. The impressive total ranks second all-time in program history, five field goals shy of Heidi Plencner's all-time mark of 179. This season, Simpson has drilled 13 trifectas, averaging 4.8 points per game. Last year, she notched 62 3-pointers, which was the best single-season mark in program history.
RIGHT ON POINT
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored two points last time out against Vermont, giving her 63 on the young the season. She now has 937 points for her career, which ranks 15th all-time in program history. Her two best offensive outbursts came against No. 21 Maryland and Holy Cross, when she tallied a season-high 11 and 10 points, respectively. The point guard came up in the clutch for the Wildcats against Harvard as she drained the first of two free throws to send the game into overtime tied at 58-58. Simpson led the charge in the overtime period as the Wildcats outscored the Crimson 20-7 to earn the 78-65 victory. Last season she notched a career-high 357 points, averaging 11.5 points per game. In the season prior, she finished with 315 points, with an average of 11.3 points per game.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
After tallying 18 points and pulling down five rebounds against Louisville on Dec. 22, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) became just the eleventh Wildcat to score over 1,000 points and compile 500 rebounds in program history. For her career she has compiled 1,038 points and 576 rebounds. The last 'Cat to achieve the feat was Danielle Clark in 2007, who finished her UNH career with 1,331 points and 579 rebounds. Kris Kinney tops the list, finishing her UNH career with 2,231 points and 897 rebounds after a four-year stint with the 'Cats from 1985-89.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied a steal against Syracuse on Dec. 30, giving her 110 steals for her Wildcat career. The impressive total ranks 22nd all-time in program history. The last Wildcat to break into the 100-steal club was Whitney Edwards, who played for the 'Cats from 2003-07 and compiled 229 for her career, which ranks second all-time in program history. On the season, Simpson ranks second on team with 17 steals, averaging 1.3 per game.
DOING THE DISHES
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has stepped up in her new role as point guard this season, notching the second-best assist total in the conference with 73 through the first 13 games this year. Most recently, she tallied a game-high seven assists against Vermont on Jan. 2. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she tallied her second best assist total of the season, dishing out eight assists for the second time this year. In the game prior, she tied a career-high with 11 assists against Holy Cross College on Dec. 20. The last time she reached the 11-assist mark came against UMBC on Feb. 2, 2008. For her career, Simpson has tallied 279 assists, ranking her 11th all-time in program history. To break into the top-10 all-time, Simpson needs just eight assists, which at her current pace should be attained in two games. Simpson has been stellar across the board for the ‘Cats this year, averaging 4.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) netted 12 points against Syracuse on Dec. 30, making it the 15th time in the last 19 games dating back to last year she has scored in double-figures. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she notched a season-high 18 points for the third time this year. Her two other 18-point outings came in back-to-back efforts against Quinnipiac (Nov. 29) and Harvard (Nov. 24). During the 19 game span, she has tallied 22 points on two occasions, the latest coming in a 66-62 win over Albany at the SEFCU Arena on Feb. 28, 2009. Her other 22-point outburst came against defending conference champion Vermont on Feb. 22, 2009. Last year she posted double-figures in all 23 games to start the season, including back-to-back 25-plus point games. She had a career-high 27-point performance at Boston University (Jan. 17, 2009), then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21, 2009). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
IN THE CLUTCH
With UNH's 78-65 overtime victory over Harvard University on Nov. 24, the Wildcats have now won their last six decisions in overtime dating back to March 1, 2003, when UNH defeated Stony Brook 70-67 in the extra frame. Tuesday's win marks the largest margin of victory in overtime in program history. It is also UNH's first win against Harvard since Dec. 29, 1999, when the Wildcats defeated the Crimson 70-58 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH's 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20 marked the first time the Wildcats knocked off two Atlantic-10 teams in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign. The 'Cats earned their first victory over an Atlantic-10 opponent this season on Nov. 13, when they defeated St. Joseph's University 64-56 at Lundholm Gymnasium. During the 1989-90 season, the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island 67-56 on Nov. 28 and earned a 66-60 win against UMass on Dec. 9 to complete the A-10 sweep in non-conference play.
In addition to her 21 points and nine rebounds in UNH's 64-56 win over St. Joseph's University on Nov. 13, Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career high in free throws made, knocking down 10-of-10 shots from the charity stripe. Included in that total are four tallies which came in the last two minutes of play to seal the victory for the 'Cats. It was the first time a Wildcat shot 100 percent from the foul line since Danielle Clark (12-12) did so on Nov. 26, 2006 against Iona. The last time Beliveau knocked down 10 free throws in a game came against Northeastern on Dec. 15, 2007. She finished that night with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
LAST TIME OUT
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in a team-high 17 points, but the University of New Hampshire dropped a 55-53 decision to the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the win, the Catamounts improve to 11-2 on the season and 1-0 in America East play. As for the Wildcats, they fall to 5-8 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, tallying 12 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists. For Vermont, Courtnay Pilypaitis took home Player of the Game honors, notching a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds.
With 2:15 remaining in the contest, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) set up Beliveau with a jumper to give the Wildcats a 51-50 lead. On the ensuing possession Pilypaitis fired back with a 3-pointer, putting the Catamounts on top 53-51 with 1:53 remaining.
Moments later, Beliveau would come up big once again for the ‘Cats, burying a layup to knot up the score at 53-53 with 33 seconds remaining. After the change in possession, Pilypaitis came up in the clutch for Vermont, putting back her own miss for a layup with one second remaining, giving the Catamounts the 55-53 victory.
After a neck and neck battle in the early going, Vermont picked up the pace midway through the first stanza, as a jumper by Sofia Iwobi ignited an 11-4 that gave the visitors their largest lead of the game, pushing the score to 22-15 at 5:07.
Neither team would find the laces for the next two minutes of play, but Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) would break the scoreless streak with a trifecta at 3:06, trimming the score to 22-18 in favor of the visitors.
May Kotsopoulos responded knocking down the first of two free throw attempts on the ensuing possession, but it wasn't enough to slow up the ‘Cats, as Beliveau drilled a pair of free throws cutting the score to 23-20 at 1:31.
However, Tonya Young added one of two free throw attempts and Iwobi buried a layup in the closing moments of the half, pushing the score to 26-20 in favor of the visitors at the intermission.
The second stanza started much the same as the first half, as both teams continued to exchange baskets, with Vermont holding a 32-26 advantage after a Kotsopoulos layup at 17:07.
Following the basket, New Hampshire caught fire, posting an 8-2 run, that featured six unanswered points to knot the score at 34-34 with 14:40 remaining.
Pilypaitis responded knocking down the first of two free throws at 12:53 to reclaim the 35-34 lead. However, UNH was quick to the draw as Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) laced a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead since scoring the game's first basket.
The ‘Cats would continue to pile on the points in the moments that followed, stringing together a 7-3 run following Wells' basket, giving the home team its largest lead of the game with score set at 44-39 with 6:26 remaining.
Despite UNH's hot streak, the Catamounts came back strong with an 11-5 run that was capped off with a Pilypaitis 3-pointer at 3:42, reclaiming the lead with score 50-49.
In addition to scoring 17 points, Beliveau finished the afternoon with six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Simpson added two points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.
For the Catamounts, Kotsopoulos notched 16 points, four steals and three assists. Kendra Seto and Iwobi added six points apiece.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) a senior guard on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Player of the Week by the America East Conference on Dec. 21.
Simpson recorded 10 points and a career-high 11 assists to propel the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory Sunday afternoon against Holy Cross at Lundholm Gymnasium. Simpson also recorded two steals, two blocks, two rebounds and was one of five Wildcats in double digit scoring in the contest.
After trailing 37-33 at the half, Simpson ignited the ‘Cats with 15:37 remaining, sparking a 10-0 run by setting up Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) with a layup and scoring a basket of her own on ensuing possessions in a span of 2:37 to take a 49-39 lead. She then helped UNH build its largest lead of the game with a steal and a long outlet pass to Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) for a layup, capped off with a 3-pointer by Simpson on the next possession to push the score to 71-56 in favor of the home team.
Scoring all of her 10 points in the second frame, Simpson helped the Wildcats outscore the Crusaders 47 to 35 in the stanza, as the team posted an impressive .615 percent shooting clip from the floor. Not to mention, the 80-point output by the ‘Cats is the largest point total posted by New Hampshire since it notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009.
WILDCATS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team received 38 points to place fourth in the America East preseason poll that was released this afternoon by the conference.
The Wildcats finished last season in fifth place in the conference with an 8-23 record, including a 6-10 mark against America East opponents, after being picked seventh in last year's preseason poll. New Hampshire's 38-point total tied with Boston University, who is coming off an undefeated conference regular season and its first appearance in the postseason WNIT. UMBC finished followed closely behind UNH and BU, with 35 points in the sixth place spot.
Vermont, last year's conference champion, is predicted to once again capture the title, receiving five first place votes and tallying 61 points. Hartford is selected to finish second with 60 points, garnering four first place votes in the poll. Binghamton is predicted to finish third, with 45 points.
Stony Brook University is slated to finish seventh (23 points), while the University of Maine (13) and the University at Albany (11 points) round out the final three spots in the poll.