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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (4-14, 2-2 AE)
New Hampshire defeated Stony Brook, 75-65, to earn its first conference road victory of the season ... Juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the Wildcats with 26 and 21 points, respectively ... Williams, who has earned back-to-back games with 25 or more points, has posted in double figures during all 18 games for the Wildcats this season ... Simpson, who earned her fifth straight game in double figures, finished the contest with five assists and three rebounds ... It was a solid team effort as every player on the Wildcat team scored and pulled down at least one rebound ... Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) matched her career high in blocks with four and pulled down five rebounds to go along with her four points in the game ... Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), who went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, totaled seven points for the Wildcats ... Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who pulled down seven rebounds, and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) chipped in with six points apiece for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING ALBANY (3-14, 1-3 AE)
Albany has dropped two games since defeating Maine, 70-44, in its America East home opener ... The Great Danes most recently fell at UMBC, 76-63, this past Wednesday ... Janea Aiken, the squad's leading scorer (13.7 ppg), led the team with 18 points and also pulled down a team-high seven boards ... In the Great Danes loss to Vermont (77-54), junior Britney McGee, who is third in the conference in 3-point percentage (40.2), led the team with 12 points– all coming from 3-point range ... Felcia Johnson also posted 12 points, to go along with her six rebounds ... Albany fell to Binghamton, 67-63, in its conference opener ... The Great Danes, who defeated Detroit-Mercy, 62-49, to earn their first win of the season, garnered their lone road win of the season at Rhode Island, 69-59, on Jan. 3.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 18 games to start the season, including back-to-back 25-plus point games. She had a career-high 27-point performance at Boston University (Jan. 17), then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21). The last Wildcat to start the season on such a double-digit streak was Maren Matthias, in which she marked 18 straight 10-plus point performances to open up the 2003-04 season. In the game against the Terriers, Williams shot 10 of 17 from the floor, making her the second Wildcat to have 10 field goals in a game this season as Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) went 10 of 21 at UMBC (Jan. 10). Prior to these performances, the last UNH player to have 10 field goals in a game was Ray Williams, who, on Dec. 11, 2005, was 10 of 13 for 20 points at Northeastern.
SIMPSON SINKS 'EM
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who hit three trifectas in back-to-back games, earned a three-game stretch in which she tallied five 3-pointers. The guard hit 5 of 15 trifecta attempts and totaled 21 points in the game against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). She went 5-for-13 from beyond the arc in both of the Wildcats' first two America East games. The guard totaled 17 points against Maine (Jan. 6) and a had career-high 28 at UMBC (Jan. 10). Simpson, who leads the conference in 3-pointers made per game (4.0) during America East play, also is third in the America East in scoring (19.8 ppg) during conference action.
LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is the only player in the America East conference to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding. She is third in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding (7.9 rpg). Williams is first in scoring during America East action, averaging 23.0 points per game.
Juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied 26 and 21 points, respectively, in the Wildcats win at Stony Brook on Jan. 21. They also combined for 49 of the Wildcats 85 points at UMBC (Jan. 10) as Simpson posted 28 and Williams had 21. This marked the first duo of Wildcat players to hit 20-plus points in the same game since Nov. 26, 2005 when Danielle Clark (22) and Ray Williams (20) did so versus Cornell.
Number 21, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), who recently turned 21 (Jan. 6), notched 21 points in the Wildcats game at Stony Brook on January 21. The guard has now had five straight games in which she tallied in double figures and has ten 20-plus point performances in her career.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds at UMBC (Jan. 10). Williams tallied four consecutive double-doubles from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30. She is the only player to achieve the feat in almost 30 years, as the last Wildcat player to do so was Karen Bolton, who notched five straight during the 1979-80 season. Williams also earned a double-double against Long Island (18p, 10r) on Nov. 28, 2008. The last Wildcat to earn at least six double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned nine during the 2003-04 season.
DOING THE DISHES
Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) dished out a career-high 10 assists in the Wildcats' game at UMBC (Jan. 10), which markd the first 10-plus assist game since Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dished out 11 on Feb. 2, 2008, also at UMBC. LaRosa handed out seven of her 10 assists during the final half. The guard is tied for second in the conference in assists (5.0 apg) during America East action.
SIMPSON'S 20-20 VISION
Junior Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied back-to-back 20-plus point games, including a career-best 28 points at UMBC (Jan. 10). She also posted 21 points against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). The back-to-back 20+ games marks the first for a Wildcat since the 2006-2007 season, when Danielle Clark scored 25 points (Feb. 14) and 21 points, respectively. The guard has ten 20-plus point performances in her career as a Wildcat.