UNH dropped their first two conference games this week. Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corrina, Maine) tallied 17 points in the Wildcats loss to Maine on Jan. 4. Clark had 9 of UNH’s 20 points in the first half. She then went on to go 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the second half. On Sunday, Jan 7 the Wildcats came back from an eight point deficient in under six minutes to tie the score at 36 with Hartford. Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the rally for the Wildcats, sinking both of her free throws to even the score. Simpson then nailed two more to give the pull the Wildcats ahead with 8:44 remaining in the game. The Hawks battled to take the lead with minutes to play. Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) sunk a three at the final buzzer to make it a 48-47 final. Senior Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) grabbed 10 rebounds, including seven defensive boards in the Hartford game. Williams moves within the top-ten for most career rebounds with 557 (tenth place).

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH (4-9, 0-1 Ivy League)
    Dartmouth fell to Harvard, 71-68, on Sat., Jan. 6 at Leede Arena. The Crimson overcame a 16-point Dartmouth lead to defeat defending Ivy League Champs. Senior guard Ashley Taylor led Dartmouth with 22 points, four steals and three assists. It was a back-and-forth game early on in the first. Harvard pulled within five, but Sydney Scott hit a layup to start a 12-2 Dartmouth run to close out the half. Hot-shooting sophomore guard Koren Schram nailed a triple to end scoring for the period with the Big Green up 36-22. Harvard slowly chipped away at the Dartmouth lead in the opening minutes of the second half, using an early 13-5 run to cut the Big Green’s lead to single digits. Dartmouth kept its rivals at bay, up 51-42 at 12:23 thanks to a pair of made free throws by Kristen Craft. The Crimson stormed back with a 10-3 run to close the gap and eventually took its first lead of the day with just under five minutes remaining, up 59-58. Harvard got on fire, not missing a single shot in the final three minutes to give them the 71-68 win. Taylor was joined in double-figures by Schram with 13 and Fatima Kamara, who has 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Sophomore center Darcy Rose hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds while Scott finished with nine points and nine boards.

    Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who turned 19 years old on Jan. 6 found another reason to celebrate the day following her birthday. On Jan. 7 at Hartford, Simpson registered a game-high in points and blocked shots. She lead the team in scoring with 13 points as well as a team-high three blocked shots. Simpson hit both of her free throws which knotted the score 36-36 with under 10 minutes to play. Simpson then nailed another free throw to pull the Wildcats ahead, 36-37, with 8:44 remaining in the game. She was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats. She also had a game-high three blocks in the game.

    Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) is 55 steals away from tying the school’s record for most career takeaway, she currently has 186. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member, leads UNH in steals with 33. She averages 2.54 steals per game. She is now tied for second on all-time on UNH’s steals list.

    Senior forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) collected 10 boards, including seven defensive grabs to lead the team on Jan. 7 against Harford. She averages 4.3 boards per game and is now in the top-ten in career rebounding with 557 (tenth place).

    Senior forward Danielle Clark has recorded 10+ points in four out of the last five Wildcats contests. This season she has led the team in scoring during nine games, including a season-high 21 point performance verses Iona. She was named America East Player of the Week for her double-double on Dec. 19th against Northeastern. Clark, the squad’s scoring leader, notched 20 points in the 72-61 victory.  She grabbed 12 of her 13 boards of the game on the defensive end of the court. The 86% free throw shooter went nine-for-12 from the charity stripe, sinking seven in the last six minutes of play to preserve the win for the Wildcats. Clark with 1,091, is now 10th on UNH’s all-time career points list.

    For a second straight year, the Wildcats begin regular season action on the road as they travel to face non-conference rival Massachusetts on November 14. Three days later, the Wildcats welcome the Seahawks of Wagner College in its home opener. UNH squares off against a slew of non-conference opponents during the last week of November through the start of January.  They will challenge Army, Iona, Central Connecticut, Colgate, Providence, Northeastern and Dartmouth.
    Head Coach Sue Johnson has another shot at her former mentor’s team, Cathy Ingles, and the Boston College Eagles on December 5. The Wildcats spend most of the holiday season on the road as they compete at Virginia Tech’s “Lady Luck Classic” Tournament on December 28-29.
    UNH starts conference play on the road with visits to rival Maine along with last season’s conference champion, Hartford, on January 4 and 7 respectively. They face Stony Brook on January 13 for their America East home opener, which is followed by the arrival of Binghamton on January 17. UNH enjoys a three-game home stand and will entertain Maine, Hartford, and UMBC before taking their business on a two-game road trip to compete with Stony Brook and Binghamton. UNH closes the regular season at home, hosting Vermont before heading to Binghamton on March 3 for the regular season finale.
    For the first time in America East history, the Wildcats and the rest of the conference members will  travel to Binghamton for the America East Women’s Basketball Tournament, which is held from March 8 -11. The champion of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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