SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-16, 3-4 AE)
New Hampshire dropped two America East games this past week with a 76-59 loss at Binghamton and a 69-48 decision against Vermont … Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the team in scoring in both contests as she has now posted double figures in all 21 games for the Wildcats this season … She earned her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and ten rebounds at Binghamton then posted a team-high 14 points against Vermont … She went 15 of 20 from the free throw line in the two games this week … Also posting in double figures against the Bearcats were Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 17, and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) with 11 points … Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) delivered a career-high 13 points in the Vermont game … Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) just missed her first career double-double in the contest as she scored eight points and tallied nine rebounds.
SCOUTING HARTFORD (11-8, 6-1 AE)
Hartford is coming into tonight's game on a three-game winning streak, including a most-recent victory over Albany, 73-47, and a come-from-behind triumph at Vermont, 56-52 ... Diana Delva, the squad's leading scorer (12.6 ppg), led the Hawks in scoring with 19 against Albany ... In the Hawks' game at Vermont, Hartford overcame a 15-points second half deficit on a 17-2 run and went on to earn the victory ... Erica Beverly and Marcy Silvia led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points apiece ... Beverly, who leads the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg), added 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Katie Kalley posted 12 points and 13 rebounds to also earn a double-double for the Hawks.
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.
‘CATS BLOCK PARTY
Three Wildcat players recently jumped on to UNH’s career blocks list. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with 42 career blocks is 12th on the list. Juniors Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), with 37, and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 34, are in the 15th (tied) and 17th spots, respectively. McDonald, who recently matched her career high in blocks for the third time this year with four against Stony Brook (Jan. 21), has registered multiple blocks in 10 games this 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.
Freshman guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) destroyed her previous career high of 8 points by posting 13 against Vermont on Feb. 1. She went 5-for-8 free throw line and earned nine of her 13 points in the final frame.
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.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 21 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). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
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.