New Hampshire snapped a three game losing streak with a home win over Albany on Jan. 31. The Wildcats had three players score in double-figures, including Danielle Clark who recorded her second double-double of the season (14p, 11r). Whitney Edwards also had 14 points and led the team with four assists, she now has dished out 64 assists on the season. Rookie Amy Simpson nailed two 3-pointers en route to an 11-point performance for the Wildcats. Freshman Chrissy Hall earned her first collegiate start as a Wildcat and chipped in with three points. Senior Ashley Cerniglia saw some action (14 minutes) in her first game back since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. Providence. UNH is 3-2 with Cerniglia in the line-up. 
    Clark with 14.4 points per game is fourth in the America East in scoring (second in conference only games, 16.9 ppg). Edwards places fourth in the league in assists with 4.1 per game. The Wildcats are 6-4 this season at Lundholm Gymnasium. The two conference wins for UNH came in the second half of January, Binghamton on Jan. 17 (58-55 OT) and most recently Albany on Jan. 31 (58-44).

    Maine split its two games last week, including a 74-66 win at UMBC and a 66-60 setback versus Hartford at home. The senior duo of Ashley Underwood and Bracey Barker each topped 1,000 points scored in their careers in the win at UMBC. Underwood accomplished the feat and ended the game with 14 points, while Barker followed, she led the team in scoring with 15 points. Barker logged a double-double with 12 rebounds, while also dishing out seven assists and blocking a career-high four shots. She also led Maine in scoring versus Hartford with 12 points. Abby Greene became the third Black Bear to log their first career double-figure scoring game this season, as she netted 12 points in the win at UMBC. All 12 points came on four three-pointers.
    Maine leads the America East in field goal percentage (43.4) and also tops the conference in free throws, with a percentage of 76.6 from the foul line. Barker has led Maine in scoring 13-out-of-15 games she has played this season. She is third in the America East in scoring (15.1 ppg) and tops the conference from the foul line, shooting 93.4 percent (57-out-of-61). Defensively she is second in the America East in blocked shots, with 26 on the season (1.73 per game).
    Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) notched her second double-double of the season on Jan. 31 against Albany (14p, 11r).  Her other double-double occurred on Dec. 19 versus Northeastern (20p, 13r). 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 3-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 111. With 1,217 career points she is in the seventh spot on the all-time career points list. Clark is fourth in America East in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. In conference-only games, Clark averages 16.9 points per game which is second in the league. She is third in the league in free-throw percentage with  .820 (82-of-100).

    Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) has led the squad in assists in all of the past seven games. She dished out a career-high eight assists on Jan. 23 versus Boston University. She leads the squad in helpers, averaging 4.1 per game and is fourth in the America East. In conference-only games Edwards tops the America East in assists with 4.38 per game. Edwards is tied for fourth on UNH’s career assists all-time list.

    The Wildcats are 6-4 this season in Lundholm Gymnasium, with all but one win coming at home. The Wildcats scoring average is 18.1 points higher at home, (63.3 ppg compared to 45.2 ppg on the road). At home UNH has a shooting percentage of .413 (compared to .333 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.).

    Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) is 36 steals away from breaking the school’s record for most career takeaways, she currently has 205. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member, leads the America East in steals with 52 on the season, averaging 2.6 steals per game. Edwards has led the team in steals in all but three games this season. She collected a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17.

    Rookie Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has drained at least one 3-pointer in seven of the past eight games for the Wildcats, including a six game 3-pointer streak which ended on Jan. 27 in Vermont. With 27 career trifectas, Simpson has jumped onto UNH’s career 3-pointer top-twenty list. She is in the top-ten in the league for 3-pointers made (10th place). On Dec. 19 Simpson went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc, sinking a career-best four shots from 3-point land in a 71-62 win against Northeastern.

    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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