New Hampshire dropped two games this past week … On Tuesday the Wildcats fell to Army, 69-61, followed by a 59-53 loss to Harvard … Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was named America East Player of the game for both contests, as she tallied 12 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds vs. the Black Knights then went on to have a 10-point, 12-rebound performance for her second double-double of the season against the Crimson … Also against Army, Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the Wildcats in scoring with 13 points, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) went 6-for-8 from the foul line en route to an 11-point effort ... Simpson also had a career-high three steals in the game ... Sophomore guard Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) scored seven points and pulled down five boards in the second half alone ... She finished the game with a career-high nine points to go along with six rebounds ... The Wildcats finished the game with season-high 23 offensive rebounds to out-rebound the Black Knights, 44-30 ... The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .368 (56-of-152).

     Iona was 1-1 on the week, picking up its first MAAC win of the season with an 81-69 victory over Siena at home on Sunday after falling to Marist on the road, 81-55... Sophomore Thazina Cook led the Gaels in scoring, with 13 points against the Red Foxes while senior Tiara Headen added 12 ... The Maroon & Gold saw two players break out against Siena as two Gaels recorded double-doubles in the win ... Senior Jessica Smith had a career-high 16 points along with 10 rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes on the court ... Anna McLean added 15 points and 12 rebounds while posting a new career-best six blocks to move into fifth place all-time at Iona in the category ... Also scoring in double figures were Cook and Headen who had 11 points each ... The Gaels held a 49-30 advantage off the glass ... The team ranks first in the conference in rebounding, pulling down an average of 44.9 boards per game ... The Gaels also lead the MAAC in blocked shots, averaging 3.63 per game and in steals (10.5 per game) ...  Iona is second in the league in scoring, averaging 66.1 points per game.

     Six out of the seven games against Iona have been decided by a margin of 10 points or more. The only game to be closer than 10 points was an 86-79 loss at Iona on Jan. 18, 1987. The most recent game was an 11-point (72-61) victory for the Wildcats. The Wildcats defeated the Gaels, 48-38, in what was the closest match-up since 1987. The first two Wildcat wins over the Gaels were just two points off in score; 63-48 in 1998 and 63-46 in 2001. The largest margin in scoring between these two schools is 21 points, coming in an 83-62 blowout in favor of the host school at the 1992 Iona Classic.

     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.

    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .368 (56-of-152). New Hampshire, with 56 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

      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 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 Connection, 46-43.

     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 second time this season as announced Monday, Dec. 2. The forward 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 now leads the conference in that category, averaging 2.25 takeaways per game. She averaged 13.0 points per game that week and has a season average of 9.8 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories.

    The Wildcats, who lead the conference in 3-pointers per game, enters the week averaging 7.0 per game, which ranks 22nd in all of Division I teams in trifectas per game, as posted by the NCAA on Dec. 9. New Hampshire also ranks high (39th) in 3-point percentage, .373 (52-150). 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.

    For the second time this season, the women’s basketball team has matched the school record for 3-pointers in a single game by draining 11 in the Wildcats’ win over Colgate on Dec. 1 and in the Nov. 18 win over Tennessee-Martin. The Wildcats have made at least one 3-point shot in 223   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.

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