WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO VERMONT
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SCOUTING VERMONT (13-6, 3-3 AE)
    With 2.3 seconds remaining Stony Brook nailed a three to beat Vermont on Jan. 25 in Burlington (72-71). With the score 55-44 in favor of Stony Brook at the 10:57 mark, Vermont strung together 23-4 run to erase the deficit and take an eight point lead, 67-61, with 3:22 remaining. The Seawovles answered by holding Vermont without a field goal over the final three minutes and a jumper by Ford with 47 seconds left knotted the game up at 69. Freshman Courtnay Pilypaitis sank two free throws with 21 seconds left to give Vermont a 71-69 lead. After a Stony Brook timeout the Seawolves passed the ball around the perimeter and Vermont was able to get a deflection, but the loose ball ended up in Mykeema Ford’s hands and she nailed a three from the top of the key with 2.3 second left. Coming out of a Vermont timeout, Pilypaitis threw a baseball pass the length of the court and found Brittney Cross streaking to the basket, but her lay up in traffic did not fall as the buzzer sounded. Cross who is from Durham, N.H. played high school ball at Oyster River High School, less than a mile from the UNH campus.
    Pilypaitis, who has been named America East Rookie of the Week six times this season, is fifth in America East in scoring (14.4 ppg). As a team, the Catamounts lead the league in assists as well as in steals, much thanks to the quick hands of Brittney Cross who is fifth in the conference in assists (4.11 apg) and second in steals (2.26 spg).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (6-12, 1-5 AE)
    New Hampshire fell to Boston University, 67-57, on Jan. 23, but the game was closer than the score indicates. In the second half the Wildcats tied the score a total of seven times taking the lead six. Senior forward Danielle Clark continued to lead New Hampshire in scoring posting 26 points in the game. She has been the high-scorer in each of the past five contests for the Wildcats. Clark shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from the field. Salee-Marie Johnson led UNH with seven rebounds, while the Wildcats totaled 14 offensive boards in the game. Freshman Chrissy Hall chipped in with seven points and three rebounds for the Wildcats. The UNH defense held the league’s fifth leading scorer Katie Meinhardt to just six points in the game. Whitney Edwards, who is fourth in the league in the category (4.11 apg), finished with eight assists and seven points. She leads the league in steals, averaging 2.72 per game. Clark is second in the league in free-throw percentage with .844 percent (76-of-90) and is fourth in scoring 14.7 with points per game.

FORGET THE SPARK, CLARK IS ON FIRE
    Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) has scored in double figures in all of the past five contests for the Wildcats. On Jan. 20 she matched her career-high with 27 points versus UMBC, which was followed by a 26-point performance against Boston University.  Clark nailed a career-high six three-pointers in the game against UMBC, which was double her previous high. She now is fourth on the Wildcat’s career three-pointers list with 109. With 1,195 career points she is in the seventh spot on the all-time career points list. Clark is fourth in America East in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game. She is second in the league in free-throw percentage with  .844 (76-of-90).

EDWARDS SETS NEW CAREER HIGH
    Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) dished out a career-high eight assists on Jan. 23 versus Boston University. She leads the squad in helpers with 2.72 per game and is fifth on the America East list. Salee-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) rounds out the top-ten in that category with 2.56 assists per game. Johnson is third in the league in the assist/turnover ratio category (1.74).

STEALING THE SHOW
    Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) is 39 steals away from breaking the school’s record for most career takeaways, she currently has 202. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member, leads the America East in steals with 49 on the season, averaging 2.72 steals per game. Edwards has led the team in steals in 11 of the past 12 games for the Wildcats, including collecting a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17.

TRIPLE PLAY
    Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has drained at least one three in each of the past six contests for the Wildcats. With 25 career trifectas, Simpson has jumped onto UNH’s career three-pointer top-twenty list. On Dec. 19 Simpson went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, sinking a career-best four shots from three-point land in a 71-62 win against Northeastern.

HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL
    Graduate assistant coach Jen MacAulay returns to her alma-mater Vermont for today’s game. Coach MacAulay played ball for the Catamounts from 1998-2002 and was named a co-captain in 2000-01 and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament in 2000. She is 11th on the all-time career three-pointers list with 80 in 103 games played. She also is on the all-time list for career assists with 278 (13th). While at Vermont, MacAulay was named to the Dean’s list each semester and earned a spot on the America East Academic Honor Roll. She earned a degree in Business Administration with a human resource concentration.

GETTING IT DONE IN OT
    UNH defeated Binghamton on Jan. 17 in their first overtime game of the season. The Wildcats have 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-back overtime victories at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic, defeating Towson 70-69 on Dec. 29, then edging by Lehigh 66-58 the following night.

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