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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y) has been named the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team's representative on the 2013 America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year ballot.
The league announced the nine candidates Tuesday afternoon. Voting for the award is open now and continues on the Facebook page of America East through Tuesday, March 5 at 12 p.m. This is the fifth consecutive year fans can voice their opinion on who is the best player in the conference.
Reed leads UNH in scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) as well as 3-point field goals made (46) and attempted (130) and minutes (33.8 mpg). She is second in field goals made (101) and attempted (244), blocks (13) and both free throws made (50) and attempted (58); she is also third in assists (36).
If the season ended today, Reed would have the second best single-season free throw percentage in school history at 86.2%.
The senior guard ranks third in the America East conference in scoring and sixth in rebounding – she is one of two conference players among the Top 6 in both stats. Reed is also atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.862) as well as fifth in minutes, fourth in 3-point field goals made (1.9 per game) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 13 times and the top rebounder 10 times this season. She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts and five of the team's eight double-doubles on the season.
In addition to being a statistical leader, Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats. In the season opener at Yale, she pulled down a defensive rebound with nine seconds remaining and secured the 57-51 victory by hitting both foul shots with five seconds to play. Then in the next game at Holy Cross, Reed lifted UNH to a 68-65 victory by hitting a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock. Against Cornell (Nov. 25), she hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to extend UNH's lead to three points and the final margin of 59-56.
Against UMBC on Jan. 9, Reed went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the last 16 seconds to extend New Hampshire's lead from 58-56 to 62-56 and help secure a 63-62 victory.
In the Jan. 26 game at Binghamton University, she helped secure the 60-52 victory by making 5 of 6 free throws in a 31-second span (from 1:12 to 41 seconds) in which the score advanced from 55-48 to the final of 60-52.
The 2012-13 season has also included career benchmarks. Reed ascended into the Top 5 on New Hampshire's all-time leaderboard at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with the first of her four 3-pointers vs. Quinnipiac. In the Jan. 19 game vs. Boston University, Reed recorded her 150th career 3-pointer and fifth double-double of the season (sixth career) with a season-high 22 points and career-high 13 rebounds. Her 3-pointers started and ended a 14-0 spurt near game's end that trimmed a 16-point deficit to two, 54-52.
Reed currently ranks third on the program's career 3-point list with 167. She is also No. 18 in blocked shots (40) and is on the verge of breaking into the Top 20 in points; she has 903 career points and Marcie Lane is No. 20 at 910.
UNH (10-16 overall, 5-9 America East) returns to action Feb. 27 against the University at Albany. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m. and the four Wildcat seniors will be honored prior to opening tipoff.