WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDS OUT ROAD TRIP AGAINST BINGHAMTON (JAN. 24)

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THE MATCHUP
        New Hampshire's meeting against Binghamton University on Sunday night marks the 18th meeting between the two squads. The Bearcats have swept the season series in each of the last two years and hold a 12-5 lead in the all-time series. Prior to Binghamton's four-game winning streak, UNH had won three of the previous five meetings, all of which came in Lundholm Gymnasium.

SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (6-13, 2-4 AE):

        Last time out Binghamton fell to Maine 55-51 on Jan. 21 at Alfond Arena ...  Maine sank five free throws in the final 27 seconds to hold off Binghamton for the win ... Erica Carter led all scorers with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals ... For the senior guard it was second time in as many games she has reached the 20-point plateau ... She now ranks 10th all-time in school history in points with 1,023 ... Andrea Holmes added 15 points and five boards ... Viive Rebane finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals ... For Binghamton, the loss comes as its third in the last four games ... The Bearcats rank third in the America East in rebounds, with an average of 38.1 per game ... Rebane leads the team with an average of 7.3, a total that ranks sixth in the conference ... Binghamton is the top 3-point shooting team in the conference, ranking first in both 3-point field goals made (143) and 3-point field goal percentage (.359) ...  Carter has knocked down a conference best 69 trifectas this season ... She ranks second in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting a .479 clip from beyond the arc ... Andrea Holmes leads the team with an average of 13.0 points per game, a total ranks 10th in America East ... She also is the team leader in assists, dishing out the second best assist total in the conference with 99.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (7-12, 2-4 AE):
        Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned an 87-77 victory over the University at Albany on Friday night at the SEFCU Arena ... For the Wildcats, it was the second time this season they poured in over 80 points ... It was also the second time UNH shot over 50 percent (57.9; 33-57) from the floor ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led five Wildcats in double figure scoring, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively ... Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) (14), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) (12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) (12) rounded out UNH's double digit scorers ... For New Hampshire, it was the first time five Wildcats registered in double figures since Dec. 20 against Holy Cross ...  In that game, Beliveau (20), McDonald (18), Williams (15), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) (10) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) (10) all reached double-digit scoring ... Beliveau took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with eight rebounds and two steals ... Williams now has 611 rebounds in her career and is one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history ... Simpson now has 992 points in her career and is on pace to become the first Wildcat to notch over 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history ... Simpson ranks third in the conference in assists, with an average of 5.2 per game this season ... McDonald has now tallied a block in 12 of the last 13 games ... She currently ranks second in the conference in blocks with 37 this season, which is good for an average of 2.2 per game ... She also has the third-best field goal percentage in the conference with a .537 shooting clip ... The ‘Cats rank second in the conference in blocked shots with 89 ... New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .392 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks fourth in the conference ... The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figure scoring, with Williams leading the way with 12.7 points per game, while Beliveau and McDonald are averaging 12.3 and 10.2 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, the Wildcats were edged by Dartmouth 49-48 on Jan. 19 at the Leede Arena ... Williams tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and a steal on her way to being named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire ... Flynn added seven points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the contest ...  Beliveau chipped in with eight points, five boards and three steals ... Simpson finished the night with five points and seven assists.

TORCHING THE NETS

        The Wildcats scored over 80 points for the second time this season when they poured in 87 points against Albany on Jan. 22. For UNH, it was also the second time this season it shot over 50 percent, posting a season-high .579 clip from the floor. UNH scored 80 points against Holy Cross on Dec. 20, marking the largest point total the 'Cats had posted since they notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009. New Hampshire shot an impressive 54.4 percent from the floor against the Crusaders, marking the first time it shot over 50 percent from the floor since Dec. 12, 2007 against Iona (50.0; 30-60).

SETTING NEW HIGHS

        Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) has set career highs in both points and rebounds in each of the last two games. In her most recent action against Albany, she poured in a career-high 16 points along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, she set a career-high with 13 rebounds, adding seven points and two blocks. Prior to her stellar outing against the Big Green, Flynn had reached her previous high of eight rebounds just once against Maryland on Dec. 29, 2007. This season only Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has pulled in more rebounds in a game than Flynn, as she tallied 14 boards against Harvard on Nov. 24. In the last two games, Flynn is averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks per game.

PARTY OF FIVE
        For the second time this season five Wildcats finished in double-figure scoring, as Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led the way, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively, against Albany on Jan. 22. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) (14), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) (12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) (12) rounded out UNH's double digit scorers. The last time the 'Cats had five players in double figures came in an 80-72 decision against Holy Cross College on Dec. 22. In that game, Beliveau led all scorers with 20 points and was followed by McDonald (18 points, six rebounds), Williams (15 points, nine rebounds), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 10 points, 11 assists) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.; 10 points).

600-CLUB
        Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in nine rebounds against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 604 rebounds in her career, becoming one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history. Williams has tallied at least seven boards in seven of the last nine games and currently leads the team with average of 6.7 rebounds per game.

NOW BOARDING

        New Hampshire has outrebounded its opponents in each of the last three games, holding a 123 to 98 advantage on the glass. In their most recent action, the 'Cats pulled in 43 rebounds and the Great Danes tallied 35 boards. In the game prior against intrastate rival Dartmouth on Jan. 19, UNH held a 41 to 38 advantage on the glass. Against UMBC on Jan. 16, the Wildcats were even more impressive, holding a 39 to 25 advantage in rebounds.

RIGHT ON POINT

        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored five points against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 118 on the season. She now has 992 points for her career, which ranks 15th all-time in program history. Simpson's two best offensive outbursts came against Maine on Jan. 12 and UMBC on Jan. 16, when she tallied 21 and 15 points, respectively. 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.

TOP OF THE WORLD
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer on Jan. 16 against UMBC, giving her a program record 180 3-point field goals for her career. The impressive total passes Heidi Plencner's all-time mark of 179 trifectas, a record she set in 2002. This season, Simpson has drilled 20 3-pointers, averaging 6.6 points per game. Last year, she notched 62 3-pointers, which was the best single-season mark in program history.

MOVING ON UP

        After tallying 15 points against UMBC on Jan. 16, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), moved to ninth all-time in program history in scoring. She currently has 1,120 points in her UNH career and needs 314 points to break into the top-5, a total that would tie Wildcat great Orsi Farkas' all-time mark of 1,434 career points.

JUST THE TWO OF US
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is one of just two Wildcats all-time to tally at least 900 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career at UNH. For her career, the senior has racked up 992 points, 304 assists and 116 steals. The only other ‘Cat to reach such milestones is Martha Morrison, who played for UNH from 1978-82, finishing her career with 914 points, 368 assists and 167 steals.

FOUR OF A KIND
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led four Wildcats in double figure scoring, each netting 15 points apiece in UNH's 77-67 win over UMBC on Jan. 16. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) rounded out UNH's double digit scorers, notching 14 and 12 points, respectively. For the Wildcats, it was the first time four 'Cats registered in double figures since their last meeting with the Retrievers on Feb. 8, 2009. In that game, Williams (19), Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) (17), Wells (12) and Simpson (11) all reached double digit scoring.

OFFENSIVE AWAKENING

        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dropped in a team-high 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks against UMBC on Jan. 16, marking the second straight game she has scored in double digits. In the game prior against Maine on Jan. 12, she torched the nets for a season-high 21 points, which was the most points the senior has scored since netting 21 against Stony Brook on Jan. 21, 2009.  In addition to scoring 21 points against the Black Bears, Simpson also tallied three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

PASSING THE GREATS
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied five assists against Albany on Jan. 22, giving her 304 assists for her career, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she has compiled 98 assists, breaking her single-season career-high of 90 assists, which she set last season. Prior to the 2008-09 campaign, Simpson tallied 77 assists during the 2007-08 season and 39 assists in 2006-07.

RAINING 3'S

        New Hampshire drilled eight 3-pointers against UMBC on Jan. 16, marking the fourth time this season the ‘Cats have knocked down at least eight trifectas. UNH's most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Dec. 30, when the Wildcats drained a season-high 10 3-pointers. 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. For the Wildcats, it was the first time they drilled at least 10 3-pointers since draining 14 trifectas against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008.

DOING THE DISHES
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has stepped up in her new role as point guard this season, notching the third-best assist total in the conference with 98. 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 292 assists, ranking her 10th all-time in program history. Simpson has been solid across the board for the ‘Cats this year, averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

DOING WELLS
        Lauren Wells (West Chester, (Pa.) tallied 12 points, one shy of her career high, against Albany on Jan. 22. For Wells, it was the fourth time this season she has scored 12 points, as she also reached the mark against UMBC (Jan. 16), Louisville, (Dec. 22) and against St. Joseph's (Nov. 13).

CONSISTENT 'CAT

        Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) netted 12 points against Albany on Jan. 22, making it the 21st time in the last 25 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 25 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.

THREE'S COMPANY

        Three Wildcats scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season against Maine on Jan. 12. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the way with 21 points, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively. The last time three 'Cats reached the mark was against Louisville on Dec. 22. In that contest, Williams and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) each tallied 18 points, while Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) added 12 points. Prior to that, Williams (18), McDonald (17) and Beliveau (14) helped achieve the feat in UNH's 78-65 overtime victory over Harvard on Nov. 24. 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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE

        Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched her second double-double of the season on Jan. 12 against Maine with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She 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 fourth 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. Prior to Beliveau's impressive outing, 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. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also notched a double-double this season, tallying 10 points and a career-high 11 assists against Holy Cross on Dec. 20.

MAKE ROOM AT THE TOP

        Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in two boards against Stony Brook on Jan. 6, moving her to ninth all-time in career rebounds. The senior leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game, a total that currently ranks ninth in the conference. Williams has compiled at least seven rebounds in five of the last eight games, including an outing against Canisius College on Dec. 28, when she tallied a season-high 11 rebounds. For her career she has compiled 611 boards.

CHARITY DRIVE
        Since the start of conference play the Wildcats rank second in the America East in free throw percentage with a .728 clip from the free throw line. On the season, UNH ranks fifth in the conference in free throw percentage, posting a .682 clip from the line. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) leads the Wildcats with a 77.4 shooting percentage from the charity stripe, including a .846 clip in conference action.

WILDCAT BLOCK PARTY

        The Wildcats currently rank second in the conference in blocks with 89, which is good for an average of 4.7 per game.  Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the way for the ‘Cats this season, notching 37 blocks, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) ranks second on the squad with 19. 

SPREADING THE FLOOR

        The Wildcats currently have three players averaging in double figure scoring, with Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) leading the way with 12.7 points per game, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) are averaging 12.2 and 10.2 points per game. Currently, the 'Cats are one of just four teams in the conference 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.

3-POINT SPECIALIST
        Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) has tallied 21 3-point field goals this season, while shooting the seventh-best field goal percentage (.350) in the conference from beyond the arc. The success from downtown is a pleasant surprise for the guard, who knocked down just seven treys from 3-point range last season paired with a .194 shooting percentage. Wells is averaging 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.

RE-WRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS

        Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks second in the conference in blocks with 37 this season, which is good for an average of 2.2 per game. She has been on an especially hot pace since the start of conference play, with an average of 2.4 blocks per game, a mark that ranks second in the America East. The center has notched a block in 12 of the last 13 games. Her most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse Orange on Dec. 30, when she set the UNH single-game record for blocks with seven. Against Stony Brook on Jan. 6 she notched five blocks, marking the third time this season she has swatted at least five shots. The first time she reached the 5-block plateau came against Louisville on Dec. 22, which also marked the first time a Wildcat tallied at least five blocks in a game since Ray Williams reached the mark against Yale on Nov. 19, 2005. 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 fourth all-time in blocks with 93.

TICKLE THE TWINE
        New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .392 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks fourth in the conference. UNH's stellar marksmanship from the field comes after a season in which the ‘Cats shot 35.7 percent from the floor. The last time the Wildcats finished the season with a shooting clip above .380 was during the 2006-07 campaign, when they finished the year with a 38.3 shooting percentage.

BEAR KILLER

        With Amy Simpson's (Waterford, Conn.) 21-point outburst against Maine on Jan. 12, she has now scored in double figures in the last five meetings against the Black Bears. In that span, the guard has led the ‘Cats to a 4-1 record, while averaging 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

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.

KC MASTERPIECE

        After rounding out non-conference play against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, UNH head coach Kristin Cole is off to her best start during her tenure at New Hampshire, leading the 'Cats to a 5-8 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.

CAREER NIGHT

        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 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this year.

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 11 times for the Wildcats. She currently leads the team with 34 steals, with an average of 1.8 steals per game.

CENTURY CLUB
        Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied a steal against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 116 steals for her Wildcat career. The impressive total ranks 20th 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 23 steals, averaging 1.2 per game.

DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS

         So far this season the Wildcats have been playing stellar defense against some impressive company. They have held opponents to a conference-best .359 shooting percentage from the floor this year, while shooting an impressive .392 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.

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 1,120 points and 611 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.

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.

A-10 SPECIAL
        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.

PICTURE PERFECT

        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.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led five Wildcats in double figure scoring, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to an 87-77 victory over the University at Albany on Friday night at the SEFCU Arena.
        The Wildcats improve to 7-12 overall and 2-4 in America East play, while the Great Danes fall to 7-11 overall and 0-5 in conference action.
        Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) (14), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) (12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) (12) rounded out UNH's double digit scorers. For New Hampshire, it was the first time five Wildcats registered in double figures since Dec. 5, 2008 against Colgate University. In that game, Beliveau (20), McDonald (18), Williams (15), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) (10) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) (10) all reached double-digit scoring.
        In addition to netting a team-high 17 points, Beliveau took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with eight rebounds and two steals. For Albany, Melia Basavand was named Player of the Game, registering 21 points, two boards and an assist.
        The Wildcats started the game off with an 18-9 run, as Beliveau drew first blood with a trifecta, on a scoring stretch that last lasted nearly seven minutes. Beliveau finished off the run with another 3-pointer, before Charity Iromuanya answered back with a pair of free throws at 11:48.
        UNH didn't slow up, coming back with seven unanswered points, as Flynn dropped in a pair of layups and Beliveau fired in a 3-pointer, to push the ‘Cats ahead 25-11 with 10:09 remaining in the frame.
        For the next five minutes both teams would exchange baskets, until the Great Danes put together an 8-3 run, sparked by a Julie Forster layup and finished off with a pair of 3-pointers by Basavand, cutting the score to 40-28 in favor of the visitors at 3:09.
        New Hampshire would continue to pile on the points in the closing moments of the first stanza, rolling off an 8-2 run to end the frame. Flynn led the way for the ‘Cats, pouring in all eight points, giving the visitors a 48-30 lead at the intermission.
        The second frame began with both teams continuing to exchange baskets, until Albany pieced together an 11-2 run, featuring a flurry of scoring throughout the lineup, cutting the deficit down to nine points, with the score set at 57-48 with 14:38 to play.
        McDonald would ignite the ‘Cats with three points the old-fashioned-way, as she set off a 9-2 run that lasted just over three minutes, pushing UNH's lead to 66-50.
        Led by a pair of 3-pointers by Basavand, Albany fired back with 10 unanswered points, cutting the lead down to its lowest point since the 14-minute mark in the first half, with the score 66-60 at 9:05.
        Beliveau snapped the run with a jumper, as the ‘Cats netted eight unanswered points, on their way to a 16-4 run that lasted 4:19, pushing ahead by as many as 19, with the score 82-64.
        Albany came back with a 13-5 scoring stretch to close out the action, but it was too little too late, as UNH held onto the victory.
        In addition to scoring a career-high 16 points, Flynn also added eight rebounds and two blocks. Williams finished with seven rebounds and a career-high four assists. Simpson chipped in with seven boards, five assists and a career-high four blocks.
        For Albany, Forster finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Iromuanya added 14 points, six boards, three assists and three steals.

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.

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