CLARK NAMED WOMEN'S HOOPS MVP FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON

DURHAM, N.H. – For the second consecutive year, forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was named the team's Most Valuable Player at the annual awards banquet. She led the Wildcats in scoring (14.0 ppg), rebounding (5.8 rpg) and free throw percentage (.824). The co-captain had four double-doubles on the season, leading the Wildcats in scoring in 18-of-29 games. At the conclusion of the regular season, Clark was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team as well as to the America East All-Academic Team. Out of all the players in the league, she received the most America East Player of the Game awards during the season. Clark finished her career as a Wildcat fourth on UNH's all-time 3-pointers made list with 123 and sixth on UNH's all-time career scoring list with 1,336 points.
        After being selected America East Defensive Player of the Year, it was no surprise that senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) would received team Defensive Player of the Year honors. Named the team's top defensive player of the year for the third consecutive season, Edwards led the league in steals with 76 on the season (2.62 spg) and in assists with 57 (4.55 apg). The co-captain was second on the squad in scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game and was third in rebounding (3.8 rpg). Edwards concluded her career second on both the UNH's all-time career steals and the all-time career assists lists with 227 career takeaways and 382 helpers.
        Freshman forward Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Fowler began the season seeing limited playing time, however she found herself as a regular part of the line up during the second half, earning a start in the last regular season game vs. Binghamton. She had career performances in both Albany games, posting five points and collecting four rebounds at home followed by a career-high six points at Albany. Fowler pulled down a team-high five defensive rebounds en route to a career-high eight boards at Stony Brook. She finished with a field goal percentage of .419 (13-31), which ranked third on the Wildcat's squad.
        Though junior forward Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) missed the majority of the season due to a lingering injury, she was honored with the Coaches Award presented by head coach Sue Johnson and her staff. Cerniglia finished the season third on the squad in points, averaging 7.3 per game. By sinking a career-high five 3-pointers vs. Boston University, Cerniglia was able to jump into the top-ten on UNH's all-time career 3-pointers made list with 79 (ninth place).

    Johnson announced at the banquet that Cerniglia was selected to captain the 2007-08 Wildcats. The will lose five graduating seniors: Clark, Edwards, Megan Connolly (Nashua, N.H.), Salee-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) and Ray Williams (Missiauga, Ontario).


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