WOMEN'S HOOPS RETURNS HOME TO HOST VERMONT

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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-15, 3-3 AE)
    New Hampshire ended a two-game winning streak when the Wildcats fell at Binghamton, 76-59 ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the Wildcats with 19 points and ten rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season ... Also posting double figures for the Wildcats were Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with 17 and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) with 11 ... The Wildcats earned back-to-back America East victories before falling to the Bearcats ... Williams, who leads the America East in rebounding (8.0 rpg), has led the Wildcats on the boards in 12 of their 20 games this season. 

SCOUTING VERMONT (10-9, 4-2 AE)
     Vermont is coming into today's game after a heart-breaking home loss to Hartford, 56-52 ... The Catamounts led for the majority of the game, but the Hawks closed out the game on an 8-2 run to steal the win ... Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos led the charge for the Catamounts with 15 and 12 points, respectively ... Pilypaitis, the squad's leading scorer (15.3 ppg), also pulled down six rebounds and dished out six assists in the game ... The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Catamounts ... Vermont has defeated UMBC (81-52), Stony Brook (77-42), Albany (77-54) and Maine (86-51) in America East action ... The other loss for the Catamounts' during conference action came at Boston University, a 58-47 decision.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE   
    Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds at Binghamton (Jan. 28). She has one other double-double during America East action as she posted 21 points and pulled down 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 seven double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned nine during the 2003-04 season.

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 points at UMBC (Jan. 10). Simpson, who is second on UNH's all-time 3-point field goals made list with 147 in her career, is third in the America East in scoring (19 ppg) during conference action. She has posted double figures in each of the past seven games for the Wildcats and has 15 10-plus point performances on the season.

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 the conference leader in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game.

TURNING UP THE HEAT
    The Wildcats, who averaged 54.4 points per game in non-conference action, have turned up the heat during America East play as they average 11.9 more points per game during conference action (66.3 ppg).

THE EARLY SHOW
    Sophomore Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who has started in each of the past three games, recently posted a career-high 12 points in the Wildcats’ win against Albany (Jan. 24). When the forward starts she averages 6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game, up from 2.5 ppg and 3.7 rpg when coming off the bench.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY
    Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 20 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 forward just bypassed Maren Matthias’ 18 straight 10-plus point streak to open up the 2003-04 season. In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.

20/20
    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.

VT CONNECTIONS
        Assistant Coach Mountain MacGillivray served as assistant coach to the 2000 America East Champion Vermont Catamounts, the squad that MacAulay played on.
    Sophomore center Jill McDonald reigns from Middlebury, Vt. She led the Middlebury Union Tigers to the 2004 Vermont state championship and was selected WDEV Palyer of the Game.
    Jen MacAulay, who served as the Grad Assistant Coach fhr the Wildcats last season, returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for women's basketball. MacAulay  played ball for the Catamounts from 1998-2002 and was named a co-captain in 2000-01. She helped the team win the 2000 America East Championships en route to a NCAA tournament berth.





 

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