Tuesday's meeting between the Black Bears and Wildcats marks the 66th meeting between both squads. Maine leads the all-time series (44-21), however, the Wildcats have earned victories in four of the last six meetings. The Wildcats and Black Bears split the season series last year, with their most recent victory coming in a 51-47 decision in last season's America East opener on Jan. 6, 2009. In their most recent meeting, UNH fell to Maine, 65-61, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 12, 2010.
SCOUTING MAINE (7-18, 3-10 AE):
Last time out the University of Maine women's basketball team fell to Stony Brook University, 59-47, on Feb. 13 at Pritchard Gymnasium ... Katelyn Vanderhoff and Katia Bratishko both scored in double figures, notching 12 and 10 points, respectively ... Samantha Wheeler chipped in with nine points ... Maine committed 12 turnovers in the first 10 minutes, while managing only five field goal attempts to the Seawolves' 15 during the stretch ... The Black Bears finished with 25 turnovers, including 20 in the first half of play ... Maine outrebounded Stony Brook 38 to 33 ... Wheeler leads the squad with 10.8 points per game, a mark that currently ranks 15th in the conference ... She has been equally impressive on the glass, ranking eighth in the America East in rebounds with an average of 6.8 per game ... Since the start of conference play she has been scoring with great marksmanship, posting a .461 shooting clip from the floor ... Kristin Baker has been distributing the ball effectively for the Black Bears, averaging 3.5 assists per game.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-17, 3-9 AE):
Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 54-40, on Feb. 13 at Lundholm Gymnasium ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her third double-double of season tallying 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, earning America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire ... She has scored in double digits in 16 of the last 17 games, including 27 of the last 31 dating back to last year ... Williams now has 1,205 points and 661 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 ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) added six assists in the contest ... She is the first Wildcat to notch over 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history ... She ranks first in the conference in assists, with an average of 5.1 per game this season ... Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) finished the afternoon with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks ... She has now tallied a block in 18 of the last 19 games ... She currently ranks second in the conference in blocks with 46 this season, which is good for an average of 2.0 per game ... The ‘Cats rank second in the conference in blocked shots with 117, a mark that ties the program's single-season record set by the 2008-09 squad ... Since the start of conference play, the ‘Cats have racked up 59 blocks, a total that ranks first in the conference ... New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .388 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks third in the conference ... The Wildcats also rank third in defensive field goal percentage in the America East, allowing opponents to shoot just .375 from the floor.
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.
WILDCAT BLOCK PARTY
New Hampshire ranks second in the America East in blocks this season with 117, tying the program's single-season block record. The Wildcats broke the record last season, as Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) led the squad with 47 and 22 swats, respectively. Prior to last season, the record had stood for nearly seven years, as the 2001-02 squad previously set the mark with 101 blocks.
DOUBLE DIGIT DANDY
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her third double-double of the season against UMBC on Feb. 13, tallying 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. For Williams, the impressive mark comes as her 15th career double-double. Last season, the forward earned a conference-best 10 double-doubles.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has 46 blocks this season and is currently on pace to break Denise Higgins' single-season block record of 53. Last season McDonald tallied the program's second best single-season block total with 47. She is currently averaging 2.0 blocks per game, a total that ranks second in the conference.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) tallied a UNH single-game record seven blocks against Stony Brook on Feb. 3. The mark comes as a career-high for Flynn, who is the second Wildcat this season to notch seven blocks. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) was the first to set the record when she swatted seven shots against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Dec. 30. Flynn ranks third on the team with 14 blocks this season.
MAKING IT RAIN
New Hampshire shot a season-high 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from beyond the arc and 55.3 percent (26-for-47) from the floor against Stony Brook on Feb. 3. For UNH, it was the third time this season it shot over 50 percent from the field and just the first time it notched a 3-point field goal percentage over 50 percent.
DECK THE HALLS
Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) notched a career-high 18 points, lacing 6-of-7 shots from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers against Stony Brook on Feb. 3. In addition her impressive scoring output, Hall also tallied a season-high seven rebounds and a career-high four assists.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) notched her first career double-double, tallying career highs in points (19) and rebounds (10) against Vermont on Jan. 31. McDonald reached her previous career highs in points (18) and rebounds (9) against Louisville on Dec. 22.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) laced 5-of-6 free throws against UMBC on Feb. 13, giving her an impressive .885 shooting clip from the charity stripe since the start of conference play. Williams ranks first in the America East in free throw percentage since the start of conference play and is shooting 80.9 percent from the line this season.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is currently one of just two guards to rank in the top-10 in blocks in the America East since the start of conference play. So far this season, the senior has notched a career-high 22 blocks and is currently averaging 1.0 block per game since the start of conference play. Simpson recently notched a career-high four blocks against Albany on Jan. 22, a mark she has reached just three times in her career.
MAKE ROOM AT THE TOP
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in 12 boards against Stony Brook on Feb. 3, moving her to eighth all-time in career rebounds. The senior leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game, a total that currently ranks fifth in the conference. For her career she has compiled 661 boards.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has scored in double figures in three of the last five games, including her most recent double digit scoring effort against Stony Brook when she poured in 15 points on Feb. 3. On the season she has scored in double figures seven times, with her two best offensive outings coming against UMBC (Jan. 16) and Maine (Jan. 12.). Against the Retrievers, Simpson notched a team-high 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. In the game prior against the Black Bears, 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.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures for the ninth time this season against Stony Brook on Feb. 3, as Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.; 18), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.; 16) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 15) all scored in double digits. The last time the 'Cats had three players score in doubles figures came against Vermont on Jan. 31. In that game, Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) led the way with 19 points, while Williams and Simpson each dropped in 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored a career-high nine points on 3-for-4 shooting against Boston University on Jan. 28. Included in her offensive outburst, Friel tied her career-high of two 3-point field goals, as she shot a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Friel played 13 minutes off the bench for the ‘Cats, rounding out the evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block.
RIGHT ON POINT
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored the last of eight points on a jumper with 5:47 left in regulation against Binghamton on Jan. 24, becoming the 15th Wildcat in program history to score 1,000 points in a career. For her career, the all-purpose guard has 1,044 points, 334 assists and 119 steals. 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.
ALONE AT THE TOP
After tallying her 1,000th point against Binghamton on Jan. 24, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) became the only Wildcat all-time to tally at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals at UNH. For her career, the senior has racked up 1,044 points, 334 assists and 119 steals.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) netted 16 points against UMBC on Feb. 13, making it the 27th time in the last 31 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 31 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) and then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21, 2009). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats currently rank second in the conference in blocks with 117, which is good for an average of 4.7 per game. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the way for the ‘Cats this season, notching 46 blocks, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) ranks second on the squad with 22.
Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) set career highs in points and rebounds against both Dartmouth (Jan. 19) and Albany (Jan. 22). Against the Great Danes she poured in a career-high 16 points along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Against the Big Green 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.
MOVING ON UP
After tallying 14 points against Boston University on Jan. 28, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), moved to eighth all-time in program history in scoring. She currently has 1,205 points in her UNH career and needs 240 points to break into the top-5, a total that would tie Wildcat great Orsi Farkas' all-time mark of 1,434 career points.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in nine rebounds against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, becoming just the eighth Wildcat all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history. Williams has notched at least eight boards in the last three games and currently leads the team with average of 7.1 rebounds per game.
New Hampshire drilled eight 3-pointers against Stony Brook on Feb. 3, marking the sixth 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.
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).
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 29 3-pointers and currently has 190 3-point field goals in her career. Last year, she notched 62 3-pointers, which was the best single-season mark in program history.
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.
PASSING THE GREATS
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied six assists against UMBC on Feb. 13, giving her 334 assists for her career, a mark that ranks sixth all-time in program history. This season she has compiled 128 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.
DOING THE DISHES
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has stepped up in her new role as point guard this season, notching the best assist total in the conference with 128. 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 328 assists, ranking her sixth all-time in program history. Simpson has been solid across the board for the ‘Cats this year, averaging 6.8 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
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.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) has tallied 28 3-point field goals this season, while shooting the eighth-best field goal percentage (.341) 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 6.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.
TICKLE THE TWINE
New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .388 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks third 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. Since the start of conference play, UNH has been just as stellar sinking 40.3 percent (257-of-637) of its shots.
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.
RE-WRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks second in the conference in blocks with 46 this season, which is good for an average of 2.0 per game. Since the start of conference play, McDonald is averaging 1.9 blocks per game, a mark that ranks third in the America East. The center has notched a block in 18 of the last 19 games. Her most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse 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. McDonald 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 102.
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).
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.
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 35 steals, with an average of 1.7 steals per game.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied two steals against UMBC on Feb. 13, giving her 119 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 the second-most steals in program history with 229. On the season, Simpson ranks second on team with 27 steals, averaging 1.1 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 1,205 points and 661 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. New Hampshire's win over the Crimson 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.
The Wildcats have been playing stellar defense against some impressive company this season. They have held opponents to the third-best defensive shooting percentage (.375) in the conference from the floor, while shooting an impressive .388 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. New Hampshire held then 23rd ranked Syracuse to its second lowest offensive output to that point, 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 then 21st ranked 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.
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.
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.