SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-13, 1-1 AE)
Last time out the Wildcats were led by juniors Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) who combined to score a total of 37 points in the Wildcats most recent loss to Dartmouth. 62-49 … Simpson scored 21 points in the contest, while also tallying three rebounds, two steals and two blocks … She has now scored over 20 points in each of the last two games … Williams notched 16 points and four rebounds … With that total she has now scored in double-figures in 16 straight games … On the season, Williams leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game, a total which ranks fourth in the America East…She is also averaging an impressive 8.3 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the conference … Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) chipped in with eight points, five assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal against the Big Green … On the season she ranks fourth in the conference with 3.9 assists per game … In her last two games she has collected a total of 15 assists, including a career-high 10 against UMBC (Jan. 10).
SCOUTING BOSTON U. (9-6, 5-1 AE)
Boston Unversity has won four straight games, including three conference games ... The Terriers opened up America East action at Stony Brook, where they defeated the Seawolves, 72-59 ... Jessyka Burks-Wiley, who posted a double-double in the game (18p, 13r), has led the team in scoring in all three conference games this season ... Burks-Wiley, the squad's leading scorer (17.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.9), posted 24 points to lead the team to a 58-47 victory over Vermont and notched 22 points and 11 rebounds against Binghamton ... Christine Kinneary also posted 22 points in the contest, as she went 10-for-11 from the free throw line in the game ... The Terriers, who leads the America East in field goal percentage (.408), have shot above 40 percent in each of the past five games ... Today's contest will mark the third straight home game for the Terriers, who are 5-1 at home this season.
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 three games. Most recently, the guard hit 5 of 15 trifecta attempts and totaled 21 points in the game against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). She went 5-for-13 from beyond the arc in each of the past two America East games, totaling 17 points against Maine (Jan. 6) and a career-high 28 at UMBC (Jan. 10). 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. Simpson, who leads the conference in 3-pointers made per game (5.0) during America East play, also is the tops the America East in scoring (22.5 ppg) during conference action.
LIGHTING UP THE LEAGUE
Junior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) is just one of two players in the America East conference to rank in the top-three in both scoring and rebounding. She is tied for third in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game and is second in the conference in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
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 Wildcat 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.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) has posted double-figures in all 16 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. Williams tallied her season-high 21 points at UMBC on Jan. 10. The junior forward is tied for third in the America East in points per game (15.5 ppg) and is second in the conference in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
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 guard is tied for first in the conference in assists (6.0 apg) during America East action.
SIMPSON'S 20-20 VISION
Junior Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has tallied back-to-back 20-plus point games, including a career-best 28 points at UMBC (Jan. 10). She most recently posted 21 points against Dartmouth (Jan. 13). The back-to-back 20+ games marks the first for a Wildcat since the 2006-2007 season, when Danielle Clark scored 25 points (Feb. 14) and 21 points, respectively. The guard has nine 20+ point performances in her career as a Wildcat.
BLOCK PARTY FOR McDONALD
Sophomore center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has tallied multiple blocks in seven of the past ten 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 (1.6 bpg).