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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (9-17, 4-10 AE)
New Hampshire snapped a four game losing streak with a 66-71 home win over Boston U. on Feb. 24. Danielle Clark and Ashley Cerniglia both drained five 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats. Clark finished the game with 27 points and Cernlglia had 14 points during the first half en route to a 17-point effort. Whitney Edwards also scored in double-figures with 12 points. Edwards, the league’s assists leader, also led the Wildcats in helpers with seven. The Wildcats enjoyed a 51.9 shooting percentage from the field during the first half, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from beyond the 3-point arc. Ray Williams pulled down 10 boards to lead the Wildcats. On Feb. 21 the Wildcats suffered a 68-75 loss to Albany. Clark recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Amy Simpson drained four 3-pointers en route to a team leading 14-point performance. Edwards had 13 points and ties her career-high 8 assists in the game.
SCOUTING VERMONT (16-12, 6-9 AE)
Vermont went 0-2 on the week in two high scoring contests. The Catamounts fell to UMBC (80-72) and lost 96-87 in overtime at Stony Brook. The Catamounts held a five-point lead with 2:46 left versus Stony Brook, but the Seawolves were able to force overtime and earn the victory. Andrea Cihal averaged a double-double of 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She posted career highs of 20 points (10-of-14 FG) and 11 rebounds in the overtime loss at Stony Brook for her first career double-double. That was following a then career-high 16 points and nine rebounds in a loss to UMBC. Over the past five games, Cihal is shooting 71.4 percent from the floor. Courtnay Pilypaitis averaged 17.5 points per game on the week for Vermont. She also totaled 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. Pilypaitis led Vermont with 22 points in the loss to UMBC. Last week five Catamounts averaged double figures. In the loss to SBU, Sy Janousek came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points in the first half and finished the game with 18 points. Over the past five games UVM boasts six players averaging at least 10 points per game.
DOUBLE DIGIT DANI
Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) matched her career high with 27 points in the Wildcats’ 71-66 victory over Boston U. on Feb. 24. Clark went 10-15 from the field, including five 3-pointers in the game. This is the third time in Clark’s career that she has reached the career high 27 points. Earlier this season she achieved the feat vs. UMBC on Jan. 20. Clark has posted 20+ points and has led the Wildcats in scoring in three of the past four games. She has also led the team in rebounding three of the past four games as well.
BACK IN ACTION
Junior forward Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.). who has missed 15 games this season due to an injury, found her groove in the Wildcat’s victory over Boston U. on Feb. 24. Cerniglia drained a career-high five 3-pointers including back-to-back treys just 35 seconds apart. Fourteen of her 17 points in the game came during an impressive first half; she went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc during the opening frame. Cerniglia leads the team in 3-pointers made per game, averaging 1.73 per game on the season. She is third on the squad in scoring, averaging 6.9 points per game.
LUNDHOLM SWEET HOME
The Wildcats are now 8-5 this season in Lundholm Gymnasium, with all but one win coming at home. The Wildcats’ scoring average is 13.1 points higher at home, (62.6 ppg compared to 49.5 ppg on the road). At home UNH has a shooting percentage of .403 (compared to .344 on the road). Furthermore, the Wildcats are 1-0 while wearing their white home jerseys at a neutral site, as UNH defeated Winston-Salem State (63-55) at the Lady Luck Classic (Cassell Coliseum – Blacksburg, Va.).
UNH MATCHES 3-POINT RECORD
During the Feb. 24 win over Boston U. the Wildcats tied the school record for most 3-pointers in a single game by draining 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 211 consecutive games, spanning the last eight seasons. The last time UNH failed to make a 3-pointer was on Jan. 18, 2000, at Brown, when the team missed all 12 3-point attempts. Three additional times during the streak the Wildcats have set the school record by making 11 3-pointers in a game: at Quinnipiac on Dec. 3, 2004, at UMBC on Jan. 21, 2004, and at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005.
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) matched her career-high eight assists at Albany on Feb. 21. Edwards leads the America East in assists, averaging 4.35 assists per game. She set a career-high eight assists Jan. 23 versus Boston University. Edwards, with 363, is third on UNH’s career assists all-time list. Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) is fourth on the America East’s assist/turnover ratio list (1.43), while Edwards is fifth on the list (1.40).
STEALING THE SHOW
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive Team member, leads the America East in steals with 67 on the season, averaging 2.58 steals per game. Of all of Division I women’s basketball players, Edwards ranks 50th in steals per game. Recently she has gathered three takeaways in the Wildcats’ game versus UMBC on Feb. 17 and five steals against Stony Brook on Feb. 14. Edwards collected a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17. Edwards is in second place on UNH’s all-times steals list, with 221 career takeaways; she is 20 away from the top spot.
With 1,313 career points, senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) is sixth on UNH’s all-time career point list. Also with 568 career rebounds, Clark has moved into the ninth spot on UNH’s all-time career rebound list. Also on UNH’s all-time scorers list is senior Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario). With 842 points she is 18th on the list. With 548 boards, Williams also sits on the rebound list with Clark (12th place). Williams is fourth on UNH’s all-time block list with 82 in her career.