WOMEN'S HOOPS RETURNS HOME TO OPEN UP AE ACTION

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-8, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire looks to halt a five game losing streak as the Wildcats open up conference action against Albany ... Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) earned her third America East Rookie of the Week honor as she tallied her first career double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) at Northeastern ... The Wildcats had a tough three game road trip, with a most-recent 73-41 loss coming at Providence on Dec. 28 ... New Hampshire leads the America East in 3-point percentage (.369) as Beliveau is the conference leader in 3-point percentage (.448) and sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tops the league in trifectas made, averaging 2.27 a game.

SCOUTING ALBANY (2-11, 0-0 AE)
UAlbany broke a nine-game skid on Saturday, Dec. 28, defeating St. Francis (NY), 70-63, in the final non-conference game of the season … Senior forward Gia Sanders led the Great Danes with her third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds … Sanders, who also finished with four steals, three blocks and two assists, recorded her 500th career rebound in the contest … Sophomore Britney McGee also scored 18 points in the game … McGee has reached double-figure scoring totals in the last five games, averaging 16.8 points per game in that stretch … The Great Danes also received 11 points, four steals and two assists from sophomore Charity Iromuanya … Sanders and classmate Sherri Mikus played in their 100th career game for UAlbany against St. Francis … Both Sanders and Mikus have made impacts on the Great Dane program in their four seasons … Sanders is ranked fourth on UAlbany’s career blocks chart with 122 and currently stands 13th on the career rebounds chart (506), while Mikus is tied for 14th on the career assists chart (199).

ANOTHER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR BELIVEAU        
    Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Week for the third time this season as announced Monday, Dec. 17. The forward posted a career high in both points (22) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double at Northeastern (Dec. 15) after posting 12 points at Iona on Dec. 12. Beliveau also won the award  Dec. 3 as she led the team in rebounding both games during that week, pulling down seven against Boston College then six in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate. She posted eight points against the Eagles and was the team’s second-leading scorer with a career-high 18 points against the Raiders. In addition, Beliveau had a career-high five steals in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate and is now third in the conference in that category, averaging 2.40 takeaways per game. Beliveau also recieved the award for her performance in the Wildcats’ first week of action. She has a season average of 11.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds per game, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories. Beliveau leads the conference in 3-point percentage (.448), making 13 of 29 attempts. 

CANDACE OFFERS CONSTANT CONTRIBUTIONS
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who had a birthday on Jan. 3, has reason to celebrate as she has posted double figures in each of the past five games for the Wildcats'. Additionally, she has hit double digits in scoring seven times this season. She earned her first career double-double against Tennessee-Martin (14 points, 11 rebounds). Against Harvard she notched another double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. Williams followed that performance with a career-high 22 points at Iona on Dec. 12

LEADING THE PACK FROM BEYOND THE ARC     
    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .377 (69-of-183). New Hampshire, with 72 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

CANDACE SETS NEW CAREER HIGH
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats' game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). Until then, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) had been the only player to score 20-plus points in a game since Danielle Clark notched 27 vs. Boston University on Feb. 24, 2007. Simpson hit the 20-point marker twice this season and in the last regular-season home game of the 2006-07 season.

GOOD SHOOTING, NOT ENOUGH
     New Hampshire shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field in the game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). The last time the Wildcats shot 50 percent or more from the field was Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Boston University. In the game, New Hampshire went 26-for-52 from the field en route to a 76-63 victory over the Terriers. The last time New Hampshire shot 50 percent from the floor and lost was vs. Hartford on Feb. 25, 2004. The Wildcats hit 24 of 43 shots taken (55.8 percent) but were defeated, 71-65, by the Hawks.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR CANDACE
     Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Wildcats' game against Harvard on Dec. 8. She posted a career high in points, with 14, and pulled down 11 boards in the Wildcats’ win over Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 18) for her first career double-double.

REBOUNDING=REWARDING
      In the first half of the game against Army, the Wildcats pulled down 14 offensive rebounds en route to doubling up the Black Knights on boards, 26-13 at halftime. Led by Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) with six offensive rebounds and Racheal Folwer (Glassboro, N.J.) with five, the Wildcats finished the game with a season-high 23 offensive boards to out rebound the Black Knights, 44-30. New Hampshire is 2-1 when out rebounding its opponent. The team out rebounded Tennessee-Martin, 46-37, and Central Connecticut, 46-43.

UNH RANKS IN NCAA top-25
    The Wildcats, who lead the conference in 3-pointers per game, entered the week of Dec. 10 ranking 22nd in all of Division I teams in trifectas per game, as posted by the NCAA. New Hampshire also ranks high (39th) in 3-point percentage. The Wildcats have Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) to thank for the rankings as the duo is in the top-100 in 3-point percentage (60th) and 3-pointers per game (40th), respectively.
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