SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-20, 6-8 AE)
New Hampshire earned two wins this past week, including a 50-49 come-from-behind victory over Stony Brook … Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) hit a jumper with just 2.4 seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats to their second win over the Seawolves this season ... Wells finished the game with 10 points, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the charge for the Wildcats as she notched her tenth double-double of the season, netting a game-high 17 points and pulling in 14 rebounds ... Williams, the squad’s leading scorer (16.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.2 rpg) also tallied a career-high three blocks in the game ... The Wildcats, who outrebounded their opponent 53-30, pulled down 21 offensive boards ... Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) registered 10 points, pulled in six boards, while notching four assists and a block ... Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) came up just short of a double-double as she finished with nine points and eight rebounds ... In the 66-62 win at Albany, the Wildcats were once again led in scoring by Williams with 22 points … Williams, who pulled down eight rebounds in the game, was selected as the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats for the third straight game … Simpson finished with 17 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals … Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), who registered the first five points of the game, pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (12-15, 7-7 AE)
Binghamton, like UNH, comes into tonight's game on a two-game win streak with home victories against Maine (66-46) and UMBC (70-50) ... The team's leading scorer, Erica Carter, led the Bearcats with 16 points against the Retrievers, while Laura Franceski posted a double-double (15p, 15r) ... Darryll Peterson posted a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Black Bears ... The Bearcats shot 47 percent against Boston University, including 53 percent during the final frame to push the game into overtime, but fell to the undefeated Terriers in extra minutes ... The Bearcats, who buried 10 3-pointers in the game against the Wildcats earlier this season, leads the conference in 3-point percentage (34.2).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the second time this season, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was named America East Player of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Williams, who averaged a double-double this past week, led the Wildcats in wins over Stony Brook (Feb. 24) and Albany (Feb. 28). Against the Seawolves, the forward tallied 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to earn her tenth double-double of the season. She also added a career-high three blocks in the game. At Albany, Williams earned her fifth 20-plus point game with a team-high 22 points. The forward, who shot 8 of 13 from the floor, also pulled down eight rebounds in the game.
AMONG ELITE COMPANY
By posting 17 points at Maine (Feb. 12), junior Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) cracked into the Wildcats list of top-20 career scorers. The guard currently has 854 points in her career, which ranks 18th on the top-20 points list.
LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of just two players in the America East conference to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding. She is the conference leader in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and is third in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game.
The Wildcats recently broke the record for the most blocks in a single season. As a team, the Wildcats have twarted away 107 shots this season. New Hampshire, led by Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) with 43 blocks this season, posted seven blocks in three different contests this season.
New Hampshire, down by as many as 17 in the first half, overcame an eight point (26-18) halftime deficit to defeat Stony Brook (Feb. 25), 50-49. In their next game the Wildcats battled back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Albany (Feb. 28). The effort marked the fifth time this season the Wildcats rebounded from a halftime deficit to earn a victory. Four of the five come-from-behind wins, which include games against Northeastern, Albany, Maine and Stony Brook came at home.
WILDCAT GLASS CLEANING
Each member of the team pulled down at least one rebound, including 21 offensive boards, to total season-high 53 rebounds in the game against Stony Brook (Feb. 25). The tally marked the first time New Hampshire totaled that many boards in a regulation game since Feb. 9, 2002 when they pulled down 53 at Boston University. The Wildcats outrebounded the Retrievers 53-30 in the game.
For the first time this season the Wildcats were perfect from the charity stripe, as they went 11-for-11 at Vermont (Feb. 22). Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) hit all nine shots from the free throw line and freshman Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) drained two in the game for the Wildcats. The last time the Wildcats were perfect from the line was when they went 10 of 10 against Albany on Jan. 5, 2008.
Junior forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) earned her tenth double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and 17 rebounds against Stony Brook. The performance marked her second straight double-double of as she posted 22 points and 10 rbeounds at Vermont (Feb. 22). She has three other double-doubles against America East opponents, with two on the hands of UMBC, including a 19-point, 11-rebound performance on Feb. 8. Her second against the Retrievers this season came at UMBC (Jan. 10) as she posted 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. She also earned a double-double at Binghamton (Jan. 28) where she tallied 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. 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) (Nov. 28). The last Wildcat to earn at least ten double-doubles in a single season was Maren Matthais, who earned 14 during the 2002-03 season.
‘CATS BLOCK PARTY
Three Wildcat players recently jumped on to UNH’s career blocks list. Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), with 52 career blocks is seventh on the list. Juniors Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.), with 41, and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), with 37, are tied for the 14th and 16th 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 12 games this season.
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.
Idividuals on this season’s squad have recently cracked into the top-10 in multiple single season records categories. For the third consecutive season, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) is getting her name onto the Wildcat’s top-10 list of 3-pointers made in a single season. With 57 trifectas on the season, she is second on the list – she is two treys away from capturing the top spot. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) with 149 free throws on the season is second on the list of free throws made in a single season. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), who has blocked 43 shots so far this season is tied for the sixth spot.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 23 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. The forward, who has led the team in scoring in 20 contests this season, has posted double figures in 26 games this season