WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SET TO BEGIN AMERICA EAST ACTION AT MAINE
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TONIGHT’S MATCH UP:
    New Hampshire will open up the conference portion of the schedule by traveling to Orono to face the Maine Black Bears. This is the 58th meeting between these schools. Last season the two teams split, New Hampshire won at home, 63-59 on January 18 then Maine got even with a 69-58 victory on February 18 in Orono.   Maine leads the all-time series 40-17.  Maine has had much homecourt success against the Wildcats. New Hampshire is just 2-18 at Maine over the last 20 seasons. The last New Hampshire win at Maine, a 75-65 victory, was on Feb. 1, 1998.

LAST TIME OUT
    The Wildcats traveled to Virginia to play in the Lady Luck Classic hosted by Virginia Tech. In the first round the Wildcats fell to Detroit-Mercy, 54-50. New Hampshire bounced back to defeat Winston-Salem State 63-55, placing third in the tournament. One Wildcat was named to the all-tournament team.
Detroit 54, New Hampshire 50 – Blacksburg, Va.
    The Wildcats led the contest with 3:09 to play after a layup by Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine), who had 16 points  and sevven rebounds on the night, but but Detroit (3-9) took the lead for good on a huge three-pointer for a 52-50 advantage with 2:19 to play. A pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play iced the victory for Detoit and made it 54-50.
New Hampshire 63, Winston-Salem State 55 – Blacksburg, Va.
    Freshman forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass) and sophomore forward Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) each scored 13 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team to an impressive 63-55 victory over Winston Salem. In all it was a total team effort as UNH had 10 different players score, three in double figures. As a result of her efforts Flowers was named to the all-tournament squad. The Wildcats built a big lead they would never relinquish to start the second half thanks to 10 straight points by freshman guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) to give UNH( 5-6) a 40-32 advantage with 15:40 to play. The Wildcats continued to build a lead and the squad was up by as many as 15 points (57-42) with 5:41 to play after a free throw by Candace Williams.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-6)
    The Wildcats open up conference action after a third place finish in the Lady Luck Classic on Dec. 28 and 29... New Hampshire’s senior forward Danielle Clark had a big game in UNH’s loss to Detroit, with 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds... Clark moved up to 10th on UNH’s all-time career scorers listing with 1,065 points, moving past Kendall Daly, who finished her career with 1,043... Sophomore forward Danielle Flowers was the lone Wildcat named to the Lady Luck Classic all-tournament team... With her seven steals on the weekend... Senior point guard Whitney Edwards moved up two spots on UNH’s all-time listing to sixth with 180 in her career... That ties her with Melissa Pfefferle... The Wildcats enjoyed their best shooting night from the floor this season in the victory over Winston-Salem with a .500 field goal percentage on 25-50 shooting... Edwards now has 291 career assists, putting her ninth on UNH’s list and passing Kiki Proctor, who left UNH with 297.
    Clark leads the team in scoring with 12.3 per game... She is 52-61 (.852) from the charity stripe... She also leads the team in rebounds, grabbing an average of 5.6... Defensively, Edwards had grabbed a team-high 27 steals.

SCOUTING MAINE (6-5)
    Much like the Wildcats, Maine took third place in a tournament in Virginia last weekend... The Black Bears dropped the opener of the the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va. to host-school Virginia by a count of 86-66, but rebounded to win the consolation by downing Northwestern State, 79-63... Senior forward Katie Whittier was named to the all-tournament team after she averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game... She notched a double-double versus Northwestern State with a season-high 17 points and 12 rebounds... It was Whittier’s fifth-straight double-figure scoring game (the longest of her career) and was her second double-double this season... Senior guard Ashley Underwood had a season-high 23 points versus the Demons... Also scoring in double figures for Maine against Northwestern State was senior forward Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa and junior guard Kris Younan... Hugstad-Vaa poured in a career-high 17 points, while Younan notched her second career double-figure scoring game with 11 points.
    The Black Bears scoring is lead by senior Bracey Barker, averaging 15.3 points per game...She is closing in on the 1,000 career points mark with 903... Whittier tops the squad in rebounding, with 6.5 per game, including 51 defensive boards on the season... Hugstad-Vaa has blocked 15 shots on the season, a team-high... Underwood has tallied 15 steals on the season and is second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, she also leads the team in assists with 27 making her a defensive and offensive threat...Maine posted a winning non-conference record for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
    Senior forward Danielle Clark was named America East Player of the Week for her double double on Dec. 19th against Northeastern. Clark, the squad’s scoring leader, notched 20 points in the 72-61 victory.  She grabbed 12 of her 13 boards of the game on the defensive end of the court. The 83% free throw shooter went nine-for-12 from the charity stripe, sinking seven in the last six minutes of play to preserve the win for the Wildcats. Clark with 1,065, is now 10th on UNH’s all-time career points list.
 
FLOWERS CONTINUES TO BLOSSOM
    Sophomore forward Danielle Flowers was named to the Lady Luck Classic all-tournament team. She has made an immediate impact on the Wildcats starting lineup as she is tied for second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and third in rebounds (3.8 rpg). The sophomore has posted double-digits in six games this season and has started 10 of the 11 games... She also leads the team in blocked shots with seven on the season.

STEALING THE SHOW
    Senior guard Whitney Edwards, a 2005-06 America East All-Defensive team member is up to her old tricks as she leads UNH in steals with 27. She is now eighth all-time on UNH’s steal list with 180 career takeaways.

THE SCHEDULE
    For a second straight year, the Wildcats begin regular season action on the road as they travel to face non-conference rival Massachusetts on November 14. Three days later, the Wildcats welcome the Seahawks of Wagner College in its home opener. UNH squares off against a slew of non-conference opponents during the last week of November through the start of January.  They will challenge Army, Iona, Central Connecticut, Colgate, Providence, Northeastern and Dartmouth.
    Head Coach Sue Johnson has another shot at her former mentor’s team, Cathy Ingles, and the Boston College Eagles on December 5. The Wildcats spend most of the holiday season on the road as they compete at Virginia Tech’s “Lady Luck Classic” Tournament on December 28-29.
    UNH starts conference play on the road with visits to rival Maine along with last season’s conference champion, Hartford, on January 4 and 7 respectively. They face Stony Brook on January 13 for their America East home opener, which is followed by the arrival of Binghamton     on January 17. UNH enjoys a three-game home stand and will entertain Maine, Hartford, and UMBC before taking their business on a two-game road trip to compete with Stony Brook and Binghamton. UNH closes the regular season at home, hosting Vermont before heading to Binghamton on March 3 for the regular season finale.
    For the first time in America East history, the Wildcats and the rest of the conference members will  travel to Binghamton for the America East Women’s Basketball Tournament, which is held from March 8 -11. The champion of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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