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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-15, 3-8 AE)
The Wildcats have lost two consecutive games versus conference opponents. Most recently the Wildcats fell to the Seawolves at Stony Brook, 71-64, Feb. 14. Danielle Clark recorded her third double double of the season (25p, 10r) during the game. The Wildcats also lost to league-leading Hartford by a score of 54-45. The Hawks held UNH’s leading scorer, Clark, scoreless in the game. The Wildcats most recent win, a 65-55 over Maine
Clark leads the team and is fifth in the America East in scoring, averaging 14.0 points a game. She also is third in the league in free-throw percentage (.823). In addition, Clark is ninth in the league in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game. Edwards tops the America East in steals with 62 on the season (2.70 spg). She is second in the league in assists, averaging 4.13 per game.
SCOUTING UMBC (11-14, 4-8 AE)
UMBC fell to Binghamton on Feb. 14 by a score of 68-65. Three players scored in double-figures for the Retrievers. Sharri Rohde led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Cassidy Carlee followed with 12 points and Brittinie Hughes had 11 for the Retrievers. Hughes, Rohde and Amanda Robinson all recorded 10+ points, with Hughes leading the way with 14 points to a UMBC win over Albany (41-66). The Retrievers shot 27-out-of-66 (.409) from the line in the game.
In the last outing against the Wildcats, Carlee and Kristin Drabyn combined for 28 points. Also Rohde grabbed eight boards in the win for the Retrievers. Hughes scored seven points and dished out nine assists.
UMBC is second in the America East in field goal percentage with .377 (464-of-1346). The team also leads the league in the assist/turnover ratio category (.97). Hughes is third in the conference in assists (4.04 per game) and in steals (2.12 per game). Kristin Drabyn leads the team and is second in the America East in 3-pointers made with 48 on the season (1.92 per game).
DOUBLE DOUBLE FOR DANI
Senior forward Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) recorded her third double double of the season Feb. 14 versus Stony Brook, leading the team with 25 points and 10 rebounds. 16 of Clark’s 25 points came from the charity stripe. Clark also grabbed six of her boards on the offensive end of the court. Clark’s previous two double double’s occurred Jan. 31 at a home win over Albany (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Dec. 19 in another home win (over Northeastern) where she posted 20 points and 13 boards. Clark has reached double-figures in 18-out-of-23 games this season for the Wildcats. Clark is fifth in the America East in scoring, averaging 14 points per game. She is ranked third in the league in free throw percentage (102-124, .823). With 1,253 career points, Clark moves into sixth place on UNH’s all-time career point list. Also with 533 career rebounds, Clark has moved into the 12th spot on UNH’s all-time career rebound list.
STEALING THE SHOW
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive Team member, leads the America East in steals with 62 on the season, averaging 2.70 steals per game. Edwards has led the team in steals in all but four games this season, mostly recently, she had five takeaways in the Wildcats game versus Stony Brook on Feb. 14. Edwards collected a season-high six takeaways against Binghamton on Jan. 17.
Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) has led the squad in assists in nine of the past ten games. She dished out a career-high eight assists on Jan. 23 versus Boston University. She leads the squad in helpers, averaging 4.13 per game and is second in the America East. Edwards, with 348, is fourth on UNH’s career assists all-time list. Salée-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) is third on the America East’s assist/turnover ratio list (1.42).
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 the 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. UNH and Stony Brook have battled into two overtime games. The Wildcats came out on top in both of those extra minute challenges. The most recent, Mar. 10, 2004 was during the America East Tournament (play at Hartford) in which the Wildcats defeated the Seawolves, 74-65, to advance to the semi-finals.
LEADING AT THE HALF
UNH is 8-2 when heading into the locker room at halftime with a lead. The Wildcats have won the past four games, including a close overtime victory, when having a lead at the half. The largest Wildcat lead after 20 minutes of play is 10 points, recorded two times this season. Most recently, a 25-15 lead over Albany on Jan. 31 led to a 58-44 Wildcat victory and earlier this season (Dec. 19) a 36-36 UNH lead at the half set the tone for a 71-62 win versus Northeastern.
The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 208 consecutive games, spanning the last eight seasons. The last time UNH failed to make a 3-pointer was on Jan. 18, 2000, at Brown, when the team missed all 12 3-point attempts Three times during this streak the Wildcats have set the school record by making 11 3-pointers in a game, at Quinnipiac on Dec. 3,2004, at UMBC on Jan. 21, 2004, and at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005. The most 3-pointers sunk in a single game this season was 10 made on Jan. 20 versus UMBC.