New Hampshire fell to St. Peter’s, 60-49. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) both posted in double figures, with 15 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats in scoring, while sophomore Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) pulled down a career-high 13 boards to lead the team in rebounding.  Simpson, who leads the conference in 3-pointers this season (2.5 per game), has helped the Wildcats to lead the America East in 3-pointers made, averaging seven per game. Four players on the team posted double-figures in the Wildcats’ most recent win, a 71-59 victory over Tennesee-Martin on Nov. 18. Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), who was named America East Rookie of the Week (announced Nov. 19), posted a career-high 17 points. She also led the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with five for a career-best eight boards in the game. Beliveau is third in the conference in steals, averaging two per game. Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) had a career night by posting a career best in both points (14) and rebounds (11) to lead the Wildcats on the boards and is now fourth in the league in rebouding, averaging seven boards per game.

    Much like New Hampshire, Boston College relies on its young team for key performances. This past week Eagle freshman Stefanie Murphy did just that, as she was selected as this week’s ACC Rookie of the Week after hitting a buzzer-beater to help the Eagles’ beat Delaware, 53-51, last Tuesday. The 6-foot-4-inch forward  from Londonderry, N.H., finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the win. At the half, Murphy was 5-for-5 from the field and already had tallied 10 of her eventual 26 points. In the Eagles 88-58 loss at Notre Dame, Murphy recorded her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The forward had six straight points in the middle of the second half to cut the Fighting Irish’s lead to 12 points. The Eagles opened up the season with a 68-36 downing of Wright State before falling to Massachusetts 69-66.

     Sophomore center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) set a new career high in both points and rebounds during the Wildcats' game against St. Peter's (Nov. 24). She pulled down 13 boards to lead the Wildcats in rebounding. Fowler hit a career-best five free throws en route to a seven-point performance. She also had a block and a steal in the game for the Wildcats.

     Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman forward on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday, Nov. 19. In the Wildcats’ first week of action, Beliveau averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Beliveau posted 17 points to lead the Wildcats in a 71-59 win over Tennessee-Martin as part of the South Florida Shootout at the Sun Dome on Sunday afternoon. She also led the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with five for a career-best eight boards in the game. In the first game of the Shootout Beliveau had seven points and five rebounds against South Florida. In her first collegiate game versus Central Connecticut, Beliveau posted eight points and had three steals. Beliveau shot .444 for the week, including .429 (6-for-14) behind the 3-point arc.  The last time the Wildcats earned the Rookie of the Week honors was in the 2003-04 season when the team won three times. Ray Williams was the most recent recipient, taking the award on Feb. 29, 2004.    

     Sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who posted a career-high 23 points in New Hampshire’s game vs. South Florida, had 13 points and four assists in the win over Tennessee-Martin and earned a spot on the South Florida Shootout All-Tournament Team. 

     Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded her first career double-double by posting a career high in both points, with 14, and rebounds, 11, in the Wildcats’ win over Tennessee-Martin (Nov. 18). She pulled down seven of her 11 boards in the second half of the game, helping the Wildcats preserve the win. Williams grabbed eight first-half boards in the Wildcats’ first win of the season against Central Connecticut (Nov. 13) en route to a then career-high 10 rebound performance.


    During the Nov. 18 win over Tennessee-Martin the Wildcats tied the school record for most 3-pointers in a single game by draining 11 3-pointers. The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 215 consecutive games, spanning the last eight seasons. The last time UNH failed to make a 3-pointer was Jan. 18, 2000, at Brown, when the team missed all 12 3-point attempts. Four additional times during the 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, at UMBC again on Jan. 21, 2005 and most recently vs. Boston U. on Feb. 24, 2007.


        Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams had games this past Saturday, Nov. 17. The women played first in a 2 p.m. game vs.  South Florida. In the game, sophomore Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) posted a career-high 23 points to lead the team, draining five 3-pointers in the game. In the men’s evening bout against Central Connecticut, senior forward  Mike Christensen also scored 23 points, including five 3-pointers to lead his team.
    Another deja vu moment– the two women’s Wildcats wins on the season both had a final score of 71-59. Though the score was different at the half, New Hampshire led in both games. Futhermore, the Wildcats rebounding totaled 46 in both wins, while South Florida also recorded 46 rebounds in the Bulls win over New Hampshire (Nov. 17).

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