SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-12, 1-1 AE)
New Hampshire earned its first conference win, a 51-47 decision against Maine, then fell at UMBC, 95-85, this past week … Against Maine, the Wildcats were led in scoring by Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) with 18 and 17 points, respectively ... Williams hit all four of her free throw attempts, while Simpson finished the game with a five 3-pointers and added four blocks for the Wildcats … Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) led the team in rebounding with season-high 11 boards, including seven in the final frame … Against the Retrievers, Simpson tallied a career-high 28 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring, while Williams tallied 21 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season … Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) earned all of her seven points during the second half and also dished out seven assists during the final frame to total a career-high 10 assists ... Simpson, who hit five 3-pointers for the second straight game, tallied 10 field goals, making her the first Wildcat to do so since Dec. 11, 2005 ... The Wildcats shot 63 percent (17-27) during the opening frame en route to a season-high 47 points during the first half.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH (4-9, 1-0 IVY)
Dartmouth earned a win, 59-55, in its Ivy League opener at Harvard (Jan. 10) ... Brittney Smith led the Big Green in scoring for the third straight game with 18 points and in rebounds for the fifth straight contest with 11 boards, eight of which came on the offensive end of the court ... Dartmouth led by as many as 12 points with 6:36 to play and were able to hold off the Crimson, who went on a 17-8 run to make it a one point game with less than a minute to play ... Koren Schram, the squad's leading scorer (13.2 ppg), chipped in with 17 points for the Big Green ... The Big Green have played three America East schools, going 1-2 against UNH's conference opponents ... The lone win came against Stony Brook, 59-47, as the Big Green fell at Hartford, 73-40, to open up the season and dropped an overtime game to Vermont, 82-77.
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.
SIMPSON SINKS 'EM
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has tallied five 3-pointers in each of the past two games. She went 5-for-13 from beyond the arc in both games this past week, totaling 17 points against Maine and a career-high 28 at UMBC. At UMBC, she went 10 of 21 from the floor, marking the first time a Wildcat has had 10 field goals in a game since Dec. 11, 2005, when Ray Williams went 10 of 13 for 20 points at Northeastern.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 15 games to start the season. 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. The junior forward is fifth in the America East in points per game (15.5 ppg).
Juniors Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) combined for 49 of the Wildcats 85 points at UMBC (Jan. 10) with 28 and 21 points respectively. This marked the first duo of Wildcats players to hit 20+ points in the same game since Nov. 26, 2005 when Danielle Clark (22) and Ray Williams (20) did so versus Cornell.
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 Wildcats rank amongst the top 100 teams in the nation in five categories. As a team the Wildcats are 72nd in the country in 3-point field goal defense (28.8 percent) and are 82 in blocked shots per game (4.2 bpg). Individually, Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) is 74th in the country in blocks per game, 1.7. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 8.5 rebounds per game is 78th in the country in that category. Additionaly, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is 94th in 3-point field goals per game, averaging 2.1.
BLOCK PARTY FOR McDONALD
Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has tallied multiple blocks in seven of the past eight 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).
The Wildcats and the Black Bears were the first two America East conference teams to go head-to-head in the 2008-09 season. New Hampshire is 15-10 all-time in conference openers. The Wildcats are now 4-2 in the past five conference openers and each of the four wins have come at home in Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the win against the Black Bears, New Hampshire has now won five straight against the Black Bears at home and have not lost to Maine in Lundholm Gymnasium since Feb. 11, 2004, a 63-50 decision. The 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.
Junior guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has recently cracked into the top-three on UNH’s career 3-pointers list. This season, Simpson has hit 32 shots from beyond the arc, including back-to-back games with five trifectas. She also drained 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).