SIMPSON EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), a senior guard on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Player of the Week by the America East Conference on Monday afternoon.

Simpson recorded 10 points and a career-high 11 assists to propel the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory Sunday afternoon against Holy Cross at Lundholm Gymnasium. Simpson also recorded two steals, two blocks, two rebounds and was one of five Wildcats in double digit scoring in the contest.

After trailing 37-33 at the half, Simpson ignited the ‘Cats with 15:37 remaining, sparking a 10-0 run by setting up Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) with a layup and scoring a basket of her own on ensuing possessions in a span of 2:37 to take a 49-39 lead. She then helped UNH build its largest lead of the game with a steal and a long outlet pass to Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) for a layup, capped off with a 3-pointer by Simpson on the next possession to push the score to 71-56 in favor of the home team.

Scoring all of her 10 points in the second frame, Simpson helped the Wildcats outscore the Crusaders 47 to 35 in the stanza, as the team posted an impressive .615 percent shooting clip from the floor. Not to mention, the 80-point output by the ‘Cats is the largest point total posted by New Hampshire since it notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009.

After knocking two trifectas in Sunday's game against Holy Cross, the senior now has 172 3-point field goals for her career, which is just seven away from UNH's all-time career mark of 179. Not to mention she now has 925 career points, which currently ranks 15th all-time in program history.

On the season, Simpson is averaging 5.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

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