New Hampshire first-year head coach Kristin Cole earned her first victory as a head coach as the Wildcats opened up the season with an impressive 71-59 home win over Central Connecticut on Nov. 13. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) matched her career-high in points with 18 to lead the charge for UNH. The Wildcats, who are looking to replace three key players, saw great performances by their young team, including a 13-point effort by Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.) in her first collegiate game. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Northbridge, Mass.) pulled down a career-high ten boards to lead the team rebounding. Th e Wildcats, who were chosen ninth by the America East conference, had eleven different players scoring in the first game of the season.

Like the Wildcats, South Florida opened up the season at home with win on Tuesday evening. The Bulls, who were chosen ninthe in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll, defeated Bethune-Cookman, 84-49, marking the fi fth straight season opening win. The Bulls were 11-of-30 on the night from behind the three-point line. Led by Porche Grant with a career-high 14 rebounds, USF also dominated the glass out rebounded Bethune-Cookman 53-36. Jazmine Sepulveda was 6-10 from the fi eld in the win, to go along with six assists. Sepulveda and Shantia Grace combined for 8-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. Grace was also 5-of-10 from the fl oor on the night. The Bulls will test themselves against No. 9/10 ranked Duke (USA Today/AP Top 25) on Thursday evening as part of the ESPN U Invitational.

The Universiry of Tennessee at Martin enters the game with a 2-0 record after back-to-back home wins. Led by a Phyllisha Mitchell double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds) and 14 points from Jennifer Angler, Tennessee at Martin earned its eighth consecutive season opener, with a 66-53 win against Lipscomb on Nov. 10. Th e Skyhawks, who batled for the lead in the early on, led by as many as 12 in the game. Much like the Wildcats, the Skyhawks opponent made a run late in the game, cutting the defi cit to four with just over two minutes remaining. From that point on, the Skyhawks then went on a 12-3 run to close out the game and push the fi nal margin to its widest gap of the night at 13. The Skyhawks were once again led by Mitchell with 22 points and 17 boards, in a 78-65 victory over Central Arkansas this past Tuesday. Crystal Fuller added 17 points and 17 rebounds in the Skyhawks second win of the season. Th e Skyhawks were down at the half (34-32), but the home team outscored their opponent 40-23 in the last 15 minutes to pull away with the win.

Head Coach Kristin Cole earned her first head coaching victory in the Wildcats season-opener, a 71-59 win over Central Connecticut on Nov. 13. Cole is one of only two head coaches to earn a victory in their UNH debut. Joyce Mills was the only other coach to do so, in the Wildcats first season at varsity status. In 1975, Mills’ Wildcats defeated the University of-Gorham 64-60 in the opening game of the season.

Lone senior Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) matched her career high in points, posting 18 in the Wildcats season opening victory over Central Connecticut on Nov. 13. The guard drained four 3-pointers, all of which came in the first half. Her other career high was versus Boston University on February 2, 2006.

Freshman guard Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.), in her fi rst collegiate game, tallied 13 points for the Wildcats. Larsen, who shot 5-for-11 from the fi eld, totaled nine points in the second half to help hold off Central Connecticut in the Wildcats first win of the season Nov. 13. She also pulled down four boards and dished out two assists in the game.

Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled down a career-high ten rebounds to lead the Wildcats in boards during the win over Central Connecticut (Nov. 13). Williams pulled down eight of her ten boards during the second half. She grabbed six from the off ensive end of the court in the Wildcats first win of the season.

Sixteen diff erent players entered the game for the Wildcats in the season-opener, a 71-59 win over Central Connecticut on Nov. 13. Nine Wildcats saw ten or more minutes of action. Th e young squad had eight freshmen seeing action in the game, including Courtney Larsen (Carterest, N.J.) who led the class with 27 minutes. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) played 25 minutes during her first collegiate game.

Eleven players recorded points in what was a total team eff ort in the Wildcats season-opening victory over Central Connecticut on Nov. 13.  Ashley Cerniglia lead the way with a team-high 18 points, followed by freshman Courtney Larsen (Carteret, N.J.) with 13. Denise Beliveau  (Framingham, Mass.) nailed two 3-pointers en route to an eight point eff ort in her fi rst collegiate game. Walk-on Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) posted six points in six minutes of play in her first career game. Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.)  also had six points in the game for the Wildcats. while sophomore Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) each tallied four Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) all notched a pair of points to round out the scoring in the first game of the season.
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