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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-13, 3-6 AE)
New Hampshire won both America East contests this past week. With both wins coming at home, the Wildcats are now 7-4 in Lundholm Gymnasium this season. On Jan. 31, senior Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) recorded her second double-double of the season (14p, 11a) to lead the Wildcats to a 58-44 victory over the Great Danes of Albany. Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) also posted 14 points in addition to four assists for the Wildcats. Also scoring in double-figures was freshman Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with 11. On Feb. 3, the Wildcats faced Maine for the second time this season. Edwards and freshman Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) led the Wildcats to a 65-55 win over the Black Bears with a dozen points apiece. Edwards also led the Wildcats with four steals in the game. Danielle Clark was awarded America East Player of the Game with 11 points, nine rebounds and five first half assists for the Wildcats.
Clark is fourth overall in the America East in scoring, averaging 14.2 points a game. She also is second in the league in free-throw percentage (.827). In addition, Clark is in the top 10 in the league in rebounding (10th place) with 5.8 boards per game. Clark is second in the league in scoring when facing America East opponents, averaging 16.2 points per game in conference action. Edwards tops the America East in steals with 56 on the season (2.67 spg). She is in fourth place in assists in the league, averaging 4.0 per game.
SCOUTING HARTFORD (15-7, 8-1 AE)
On Feb. 3 Hartford picked up a 65-47 victory over Stony Brook and retained sole possession of first place in the America East standings. Hartford was led by Diana Delva who recorded her first career double-double and back-to-back career highs with 24 points. Ikea Witt scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half, while Danielle Hood finished in double digits for the Hawks with 15 points. On Jan. 31 the Hawks defeated the Terriers 57-42 and were led by freshman Delva who finished the game with a then career-high 14 points and seven rebounds. Delva was named America East Player/Rookie of the week for her 38-point and 11-rebound performance this past week.
This season the Hawks are 12-0 when holding their opponents to 50 or fewer points. Hood is 10th in the league in scoring with 12.5 points per game and Witt is not far behind with 11.3 per game (13th place). Delva is ninth in the league in assists, dishing out an average of six helpers per game. Hartford’s strong defensive force puts them a top the America East in offensive boards (38.1 per game), 3-pointers against percentage (.251), and field goals against percentage (.349).
LundHOLM SWEET HOME
After a two-game home win streak the Wildcats are now 8-4 this season in Lundholm Gymnasium, with all but one win coming at home. The Wildcats’ scoring average is 18.3 points higher at home, (63.5 ppg compared to 45.2 ppg on the road). At home UNH has a shooting percentage of .411 (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.).
DOUBLE DIGIT DANI
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 Feb. 2 Clark was one rebound away from back-to-back double-doubles (11p, 9r). With 1,228 career points she is in the seventh spot on the all-time career points list. Clark is fourth in America East in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game. When facing conference opponents, Clark averages 16.2 points per game which is second in the league. She is third in the league in free-throw percentage with .827 (86-of-104).
LENDING A HELPING HAND
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 4.0 per game and is fourth in the America East. Edwards, with 334, is fifth on UNH’s career assists all-time list.
STEALING THE SHOW
Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) is 33 steals away from breaking the school’s record for most career takeaways; she currently has 209. Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive Team member, leads the America East in steals with 56 on the season, averaging 2.67 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.
THE BEST IS YET TO BE FOR SALÉE-MARIE
Salée-Marie Johnson’s (Brampton, Ontario) numbers this year alone are surpassing her previous career totals in rebounds, assists, and steals. In 63 games played (prior to the start of this season) Johnson totaled 73 career rebounds, but on Feb. 3 she passed that mark during just this season alone and currently has 74 boards in 20 games played. Johnson has smashed her previous season high of 37 assists with 50 this year and she is just six helpers seven away from surpassing her previous career total in that category. Johnson entered the season with 25 career steals and in just 20 games played this season she has totaled 22 steals, putting her just four away from passing her previous career total.
PERFECTION FROM THE LINE
Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line Feb. 3 against Maine, her third perfect game from the line this season. The six free throws made also set a new career high for Johnson. She has seen perfection in other areas of the court as well. On Nov. 26 Johnson went 4-for-4 from the field, including shooting 3-from-3 from beyond the 3-point arc in a 72-61 win over Iona.
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 Jan. 17, 2004. The most recent OT loss coming against the Bearcats, 63-56 on that date. 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.