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LAST TIME OUT
New Hampshire 58, Binghamton 55 OT –Durham, N.H.
Seniors Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) and Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team posted 16 points and seven rebounds apiece to lead UNH to a 58-55 overtime victory over Binghamton on Wednesday evening. The win, UNH’s first America East victory of the season, gives the Wildcats a record of 6-10, 1-3 in the conference.A three-pointer by Edwards to open up overtime, along with clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch by Clark, sealed the game for the Wildcats. The Wildcats held the lead for much of the second half, but Binghamton evened the score, 53-53, with just 40 seconds remaining in regulation. With five seconds remaining, Binghamton had an opportunity to take the lead and the game, but a clutch block by senior Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) sent the contest into extra minutes. Edwards, who was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, notched 11 first half points propelling UNH to a nine point lead (28-19) with 4:00 left in the first. The Wildcats ended the half with a 31-24 lead. Edwards finished with a season-best six steals, four of which came in the second half. Freshman Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) chipped in with nine points for the Wildcats, all on three-pointers.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-10, 1-3 AE)
New Hampshire captured its first America East victory of the season with an overtime win over Binghamton on Jan. 17. The Wildcats were led by Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine), who has led the team in scoring the past three contests, and Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) posting 16 points and seven boards apiece. The Wildcats led for most of the second half, but a basket with 40 seconds remaining evened the score, 53-53. Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) made a huge block denying a Bearcat shot with seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Williams leads the team in blocked shots with 10 on the season and is in fourth on the all-time list with 80 career blocks. Edwards nailed a three to open up the overtime period. Clark, a 84 percent free-throw shooter, sunk two clutch free-throws to preserve the win, she went 5-for-6 from the line in the game. The Wildcats kept Binghamton to just two points during the extra minutes of action. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) contributed with three shots from beyond the arc for nine points in the game. Simpson has notched at least one three in eight of the past nine games for the ‘Cats.
SCOUTING UMBC (9-9, 2-3 AE)
After leading for most of the first half, UMBC saw its shooting go cold in the second half and dropped a 58-45 decision Hartford on Jan. 17. The teams alternated field goals for the first four minutes of the game, and Hartford had a 10-9 lead at the 15:53 mark before the Retrievers went on a 12-0 run to take a game-high 11-point lead, 21-10, with 12:36 remaining. Junior guard Morgan Hatten started the scoring streak with a three-pointer, and after three missed attempts by the Hawks, senior point guard Brittnie Hughes drilled a triple of her own. The Hawks ended the game on a 21-8 run, holding the Retrievers to just one field goal over the last 15 minutes and only six in the half as UMBC shot 22.2 percent from the floor in the period to Hartford’s 40 percent. Hughes and Sharri Rohde led UMBC with 10 points apiece, and Rohde added nine rebounds. Hughes enters today’s contest leading the America East in assists with 4.56 helpers per game. Rhode leads the Retrievers in scoring, averaging 14.3 per game. Kristin Drayban is a threat from beyond the arc, leading the league with an average of 2.11 three’s per game.
CAREER STARTING MILESTONE
Today’s game will mark the 75th career start for senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine). She has played in 102 games, not missing a game throughout her career. The only other current Wildcat to achieve such a feat is senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.). This contest will mark her 78th career start, the last time she was out of the starting line up was on Mar. 5, 2005 against Boston University.
Two Wildcats are in the top-ten in the America East for assists. Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) who leads the squad in helpers with 3.88 per game is fifth on the list, while Salee-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) rounds out the top-ten with 2.69 assists per game. Johnson is third in the league in the assist/turnover ratio category (1.79).
GETTING IT DONE IN OT
UNH defeated Binghamton on Jan. 17 in their first overtime game of the season. The Wildcats have now won five straight overtime games, dating back to 1/17/04 with the most recent OT loss coming against the Bearcats, 63-56. Last season the Wildcats had back to overtime victories at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic, defeating Towson 70-69 on Dec. 29, then edging by Lehigh 66-58 the following night.
‘CATS cAPTURE CONFERENCE WIN
With the win against Binghamton on Jan. 17 the Wildcats captured their first America East victory on the season. The last time UNH went 0-3 to open up conference play before getting a win was during the 1990-91 season (as a member of the North Atlantic Conference).