WOMEN'S HOOPS OPENS UP 2009 AT XAVIER (JAN. 2)

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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-10, 0-0 AE)
    New Hampshire is coming into tonight's contest after dropping three games at the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic, including a most-recent loss to No. 10 Louisville, 82-40, on Tuesday evening ... The Wildcats were led in scoring in the game by the squad's leading scorer, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), who tallied 17 points- marking her 10th straight in double-figures ... Wiliams also led the team in their loss to Morehead State (Dec. 29), 73-46, in which she marked her fourth straight double-double performance with 17 points and 16 rebounds ... In the first game of the Classic, junior center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) delivered a career-high 21 points for the Wildcats.

SCOUTING XAVIER (10-4, 0-0 A10)
    Xavier returns home after two games on each side of the U.S. ... The Musketeers were defeated by Arizona State, 76-57, Dec. 21, then traveled to Georgia where they earned a 56-44 win over the Bulldogs ... In the win, the squad's leading scorer and rebounder, Ta'Shia Phillips, led the team with the 25th double-double of her career with 23 points and 16 rebounds ... She averages 14.6 points and a conference-best 11.7 rebounds per game ... The team's lone loss at home this season come on the hands of Louisville, in which the Cardinals overcame a halftime deficit with 41 second-half points to defeat the home team ... In the past three games, the Musketeers have not shot below 42.9 percent and average 42.1 percent shooting on the season, while holding its opponents to 33.4 percent shooting, which ranks first in the A10.

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE
    Prior to tonight’s game, the Xavier athletic department will be honoring Tara Boothe, a former women’s basketball standout and current University of New Hampshire assistant coach. Boothe finished her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,324 points. She is also Xavier’s all-time leading rebounder and finished her career with 1,004 career boards. Her collegiate honors included three All-Atlantic 10 First Team selections (2004, ‘05, ‘06), 2003 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, All-Atlantic 10 Third Team in 2003 and three consecutive seasons on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY
    Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has tallied ten straight games in double figures to start the 2008-09 season. During that time she has notched five double-doubles and posted a career-high 15 rebounds against Northeastern (Dec. 14). She has tallied double-doubles in four of the past five contests. The last Wildcat to start the season on such a streak was Maren Matthias, in which she marked 18 straight 10-plus point performances to open up the 2003-04 season. Williams is fourth in the America East in points per game (15.2 ppg) and averages a conference-best 8.9 rebounds per game.

RACHEAL REACHS NEW HIGHS
    Junior center Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) destroyed  her previous career high of 10 points by posting 21 against Central Michigan on Dec. 28. She went 5-for-8 from the floor for 10 first-half points, then tallied 11 during the final frame. She finished the game on 9 of 15 shooting in the game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE STREAK COMES TO AN END
    Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) double-double streak game to an end at Louisville (Dec. 30). The forward earned four consecutive double-doubles, starting with a 17-point 15-rebound performance against Northeastern (Dec. 14). Williams pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in the second game of the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic and has tallied 17 points, one shy of her career-high, in three of the past five games. 

BLOCK PARTY FOR McDONALD
    Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Glassboro, N.J.) has tallied multiple blocks in each of the past six games. She thwarted the ball away a career-best four times at UMass (Nov. 19), then posted that same mark against Northeastern (Dec. 9). The center is fourth in the conference in blocks per game (1.8 bpg).

REUNIUTED
    Morehead State head coach Mike Bradbury and New Hampshire head coach Kristin Cole, both in their second year at their prespective schools, both come from Xavier, where they served five years together (2002-2007) as assistants. During their tenures at Xavier, the Musketeers compiled an overall record of 106-50, made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2003) and three trips to the WNIT Tournament, including in 2005 when the team advanced to the quarterfinals. As assistants, they mentored current New Hampshire assistant Tara Boothe, who is Xavier's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. 

UNH BREAKS 3-POINT RECORD
    The Wildcats shot 60.9 percent (14-23) from beyond the arc at Colgate (Dec. 3)  hitting a record-setting 14 trifectas in the game. Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) drained six 3-pointers in the game, including five during the opening frame. The Wildcats, who sank nine during the opening stanza, broke the previous record on a 3-pointer by Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) halfway through the final frame, marking the 13th trey of the game. With 9:23 reamining, Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) hit the record-setting 14th 3-pointer of the game. The previous record, 12, was set last season against Maine (Jan. 30).

BATTLING THE BEST
    This season, New Hampshire will face some of the top teams in the country. At the time of the match up, Boston College (Dec. 9) held a RPI of 31. The Wildcats  played host to the Canisius Griffs (Dec. 20), who were at 83 at the time the game was played. New Hampshire also faced Louisville (Dec. 30), which was 14th at the time of play.  Tonight's opponent, Xavier, has a rating of 44. In America East play, the Wildcats will find themselves up against powerhouse Hartford, which has an RPI of 62. The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is derived from three component factors: Div. I winning percentage, schedule strength; and opponent’s schedule strength. The adjusted RPI takes into account good wins, bad losses, and good and bad non-conference schedules. All ratings as of Dec. 27.

3-point special
    Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is just one trifecta away from cracking into the top-five on UNH's career 3-pointers list. This season, Simpson has hit 21 shots from beyond the arc, including six in the Wildcats' first win of the season at Colgate (Dec. 5). Last season, Simpson, who led the team in scoring, drained 55 shots from beyond the arc, which was just three shy of the record for 3-pointers in a single season. During her freshman campaign she recorded 45 3-pointers, including six trifectas in the Wildcats' final regular-season game at Binghamton (March 3, 2007).

COMEBACK KIDS
    The Wildcats overcame an 11-point halftime deficit against Northeastern to earn their first win at home this season. The squad improved its shooting from 25 percent (8-32) in the first half to 60 percent (15-25) in the final frame. Guiding the Wildcats were Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) who each registered 13 and 10 second-half points, respectively. The last time New Hampshire rallied back from a halftime shortcoming to garner a victory was versus Maine on Jan. 18, 2006. The Wildcats opened up the final stanza by going on a 14-1 run to take their first lead of the game. Ray Williams scored 10 second-half points to lead the charge for the Wildcats.

HIGH-5
    The Wildcats had five players register in double-figures en route to their first win of the season at Colgate (Dec. 5). Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the squad with a career-high 24 points. Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) tallied 19, while Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) delivered 13 apiece. Rounding out the high scorers was Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.), who posted 10 points for the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats had five players score 10 or more points in one game was Nov. 7, 2006 against Wagner.

CAREER NIGHT FOR THE WILDCATS
    New Hampshire's game at Colgate (Dec. 5) marked a career night for many Wildcat players. Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) recorded a career-high 24 points to lead the squad in scoring. Simpson, who went 9-for-15 from the floor, drained a career high-tying six 3-pointers. Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.), Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) also had career highs with 19, 13 and eight points, respectively. LaRosa, with four treys, and Hall, with three, both had career nights from beyond the arc. Hall dished out a career-high four assists, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) swiped away a career-best five steals. 
 

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