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SCOUTING MAINE
    Maine split its two games last week, including an 82-77 win over Boston University and an 82-62 loss at Vermont … Freshman guard Tanna Ross paced Maine with a career-high tying 22 points in the Black Bears' over Boston University … She also pulled down eight rebounds while collecting two assists and steals each … Senior guard Kris Younan tossed in a career-high 18 points, while handing out six assists … Emily Rousseau and Brittany Boser each chipped in 12 points … against Vermont on Saturday, four Black Bears scored in double-fIgures, including Boser, Kilmurray and Tewskbury with 12 points each, whileRousseau added 11 … It marked the third time in the last four games Tewksbury scored a team-high in points … Maine’s win over Boston University was its seventh-straight home win over the Terriers.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire had two hard fought contests this past week, but could not earn a win as the Wildcats fell at Vermont, 72-64, before dropping a 77-75 buzzer-beater loss to Boston U… Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) delivered 18 points at Vermont to lead the Wildcats in scoring … She posted 11 points in the second half against Boston U. for her back-to-back 18-point effort … Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) notched career highs in points (22), rebounds, (12), 3-pointers (6), and assists (5), leading the team in scoring and rebounding and earning her first career double-double ... Also earning a double-double in the game – the fourth of the season – was Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) as she posted 14 points and pulled down 11 boards ... The game was Williams’ second double-digit effort, as she posted 13 at Vermont … The Wildcats lead the America East in 3-point percentage (.353).

CAREER DAY FOR CERNIGLIA
    Senior captain Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) had a career day and earned her first career double-double, leading the Wildcats against Boston University on Jan. 26. Cerniglia, who was named America East Player of the Game, notched career highs in points (22), rebounds, (12), 3-pointers (6), and assists (5), leading the team in scoring and rebounding. The guard set her previous career high in points while hosting the Terriers' last January.

ANOTHER ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR BELIVEAU                
    For the fourth time this season, University of New Hampshire freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) captures America East Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. The forward led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points at Vermont, then posted 18 again against Boston University at home. Beliveau went 13-for-19 from the floor on the week and nailed all eight free-throw shots. She pulled down seven boards to go along with three assists and two steals at Vermont. On Saturday against the Terriers, Beliveau had 11 points in the second half, going 2-for-2 from 3-point land, which allowed for an 11-point Wildcat lead. She added six boards and dished out three assists in the game. Beliveau is the top-scoring freshman in the conference and is the only player to have hit all free throws (16-for-16) in conference play.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK continued
      Prior to this week, the last time Beliveau received Rookie of the Week honors was Dec. 17. The forward posted a career high in points (22) to go along with 10 boards for her first career double-double at Northeastern (Dec. 15) after posting 12 points at Iona on Dec. 12. She also won the award Dec. 3 as she led the team in rebounding both games during that week. Beliveau also recieved the award for her performance in the Wildcats’ first week of action. Laura Seiden, the program’s second-highest scorer, is the only other Wildcat to win more Rookie of the Week honors with seven awards during the 1989-90 season. She went on to win Rookie of the Year and was selected to the all-conference second team.

LEADING THE PACK FROM BEYOND THE ARC     
    The Wildcats lead the America East conference in 3-point percentage, .353 (107-of-303). New Hampshire, with 107 on the season, ranks second in the conference in shots made from beyond the 3-point arc.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE'S CONTINUE FOR CANDACE
    Sophomore Candace Williams (Norfolk, mass.) earned her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Wildcats game against Boston U. The forward recorded her third double-double of the season as she pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with 14 points in the Wildcats’ game at Dartmouth (Jan. 9).  Williams tallied a career-high 22 points in the Wildcats’ game vs. Iona (Dec. 12). She 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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
    Freshman Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), who turned 19 years old Jan. 9, has found a reason to celebrate as she has recently earned the job of starting point guard. The freshman has seen action in all 16 games this season and has started in nine for the Wildcats. She posted a career-high 12 points and dished out a career-high four assists at Iona on Dec. 12.

AND TO YOU TOO!
  Other January birthday girls included a trio of America East leaders; Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was born Jan. 3 and is second in the America East in rebounding (7.1 rpg), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) was born Jan. 6 and is in te top-10 in scoring (11.4 ppg), and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), born Jan. 21, is third in the conference in steals (2.1 spg).

SINKIN’ THE FREE THROWS
    New Hampshire leads the America East free-throw percentage in conference games, with a 86.2% average (56-for-65). Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) is the only player in the conference to hit all free throws (16-for-16) in America East play.

CERNIGILIA BREAKS INTO TOP-5 IN CAREER 3-POINTERS
    Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) has hit 32 3-pointers this season and hit her 100th career shot from beyond the arc at Providence (Dec. 28). With 117 career trifectas, the guard is now fifth on UNH's career 3-point list. Additionally, sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has cracked the top-10 with 81 career trifectas.

PERFECT 10
    Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line leading the Wildcats  to a perfect 10-of-10 vs. Albany (Jan. 5). The last time the Wildcats hit all foul line attempts was Nov. 22, 2006 at Army. New Hampshire went 6-for-6 from the stripe, while Army hit all 12 free-throw attempts.

TRIPLE THREAT
     As of Jan. 27, New Hampshire ranks 51st in the NCAA National Rankings in 3-point field goals per game, averaging 6.3 and is 58th 3-point field goal percentage (35.3%). The Wildcats average 6.5 trifectas per game and hits 36.3 percent of 3-pointers taken. Both rankings are out of 326 Division I teams. Individually, Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) ranks 58 nd in 3-point percentage (.392).

EARLY ENJOYS VISIT HOME
    Freshman center Kathryn Early (Corning, N.Y.)  had a great time in her return to the empire state as she notched a career-high seven points to go along with three rebounds in eight minutes action at Binghamton.


 
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