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SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-11, 0-0 AE)
New Hampshire dropped two road games this past week, including the final game of the Downtown Marriott Cardinal Classic against No. 10 Louisville, in which the Wildcats fell to the host school, 82-40 … Against the Cardinals, junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied 17 points to lead the squad in scoring for the second-straight night … Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied six points and pulled down five rebounds, all during the second half of action, which were in addition to her two blocks in the game ... Williams, the squad's leading scorer (14.8 ppg), led the Wildcats once again with 11 in the team’s loss at Xavier, 62-36 … The performance against the Muskateers marked her 13th straight in double-figures to start the 2008-09 season … Also in the game, freshman guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in with a career-high eight points for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING MAINE (2-11, 0-0 AE)
Despite a 56 shooting percent from the field in the contest, Maine dropped a 68-63 decision at Holy Cross to open up 2009 action ... Brittany Boser, who has scored in double-figures in four straight games, scored a career-high 24 points ... Junior guard Kristin Baker tossed in 10 points for the Black Bears ... The game marked the Black Bears seventh-straight defeat, as the team's last victory came at home against Robert Morris on Dec. 3, 54-52 ... Maine's other win of the season was against UMass, in which the Black Bears defeated the Minutemen, 54-45, at the Augusta Civic Center on Nov. 23 ... Freshman Samantha Baranowski avergages a team-best 9.8 points per game, while Boser averages 9.7 ... The Black Bears are 0-7 on the road this season.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) 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 fi ve straight during the 1979-80 season. Williams, who leads the conference in rebounding (8.7 rpg), has posted double-fi gures in all 13 games to start the season. Th e 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. Th e junior forward is fourth in the America East in points per game (14.8 ppg).
New Hampshire has won four straight against the Black Bears at home and have not lost to Maine in Lundholm Gymnasium since Feb. 11, 2004, a 63-50 decision. Th e Wildcats swept the two games with the Black Bears last season, which included a 70-55 home-win.
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.
WILDCAT GLASS CLEANING
Each member of the team pulled down at least one rebound, including a career-high 16 by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), to total a season-high 50 rebounds in the game against Morehead State (Dec. 29). The tally marked the first time New Hampshire totaled that many boards since Dec. 4, 2004 against Tennessee State.
BLOCK PARTY FOR McDONALD
Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Glassboro, N.J.) has tallied multiple blocks in six of the past seven 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 (1.7 bpg).
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Prior to the Xavier game, the Xavier athletic department honored 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. Boothe's number (33) was also retired during the ceremony.
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).
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has recently cracked into the top-five on UNH’s career 3-pointers list. This season, Simpson has hit 22 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).
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.
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.