Sunday's matchup between New Hampshire and the University of Vermont marks the 64th meeting between both teams. Vermont leads the all-time series 35-28. The Catamounts have won 10 straight against the Wildcats, including their most recent victory, a 55-53 decision at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 1, 2010.
SCOUTING VERMONT (16-5, 6-2 AE):
Last time out the University of Vermont fell to the University of Hartford, 38-36, on Jan. 26 at Patrick Gymnasium ... Diana Delva put back a missed lay up with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift Hartford past Vermont ... With the win Hartford extends its win streak to 10 games and remains unbeaten in league play (8-0) ... Overall the Hawks improve to 17-3, while Vermont falls to 16-5 on the year and 6-2 in America East play ... May Kotsopoulos, who was held under double digits for the first time this season, led Vermont in scoring with nine points and added four rebounds and three steals ... Lauren Buschmann added seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds ... Vermont ranks first in the conference in scoring with an average 67.3 points per game ... The scoring has come with great marksmanship, as UVM has posted the best shooting percentage in the conference, shooting a .411 clip from the floor ... Kotsopoulos leads the team and the conference in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game ... Courtnay Pilypaitis ranks third in the America East with an average of 14.4 points per game ... Pilypaitis is also averaging 7.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game ... The Catamounts aren't lacking in the defensive department either, ranking second in scoring defense, giving up just 57.4 points per game ... They also rank second and third, respectively, in the America East in steals (190) and blocked shots (73).
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (7-14, 2-6 AE):
Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 66-59, on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass; 14), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 12) all scored in double digits ... With the win the Terriers improve to 10-10 overall and 6-2 in America East play, while the Wildcats fall to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in conference action ... Williams now has 1,146 points and 622 rebounds in her career and is one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history ... Simpson took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with five assists, four rebounds and a block ... Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) registered a career-high nine points in the contest, paired with a block and a steal ... Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) added eight rebounds and six points ... She is averaging 8.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the last four outings ... Simpson ranks third in the conference in assists, with an average of 5.0 per game this season ... She is the first Wildcat to notch over 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history ... Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has tallied a block in 14 of the last 15 games ... She currently ranks second in the conference in blocks with 39 this season, which is good for an average of 2.1 per game ... The ‘Cats rank second in the conference in blocked shots with 96 ... Since the start of conference play, the 'Cats have racked up 38 blocks, a total that ranks first in the conference ... New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .394 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks second in the conference ... The Wildcats also rank second in defensive field goal percentage in the America East, allowing opponents to shoot just .367 from the floor ... Against Binghamton University on Jan. 24, the Wildcats fell to the Bearcats, 83-59, at the Events Center ... Williams was named America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, notching 12 points, seven boards and two assists ... Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) tallied a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in the contest ... Wells finished with 10 points and three steals.
Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored a career-high nine points on 3-for-4 shooting against Boston University on Jan. 28. Included in her offensive outburst, Friel tied her career-high of two 3-point field goals, as she shot a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Friel played 13 minutes off the bench for the 'Cats, rounding out the evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block.
RIGHT ON POINT
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored the last of eight points on a jumper with 5:47 left in regulation against Binghamton on Jan. 24, becoming the 15th Wildcat in program history to score 1,000 points in a career. The milestone gives the all-purpose guard 1,012 points, 312 assists and 116 steals in her UNH career. Simpson's two best offensive outbursts this season came against Maine on Jan. 12 and UMBC on Jan. 16, when she tallied 21 and 15 points, respectively. Last season she notched a career-high 357 points, averaging 11.5 points per game. In the season prior, she finished with 315 points, with an average of 11.3 points per game.
ALONE AT THE TOP
After tallying her 1,000th point against Binghamton on Jan. 24, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) became the only Wildcat all-time to tally at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals at UNH. For her career, the senior has racked up 1,012 points, 312 assists and 116 steals.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tallied 12 points, one shy of her career high, against Boston University on Jan. 28, marking the fourth time in the last five games she has scored in double figures. On the season, she has also scored 12 points against Albany (Jan. 22), UMBC (Jan. 16), Louisville, (Dec. 22) and against St. Joseph's (Nov. 13).
Three Wildcats scored in double figures for the seventh time this season against Boston University on Jan. 28. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led the way with 14 points, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) each dropped in 12 points apiece. The last time the 'Cats had three players score in doubles figures came against Binghamton on Jan. 24. In that game, Williams and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) each tallied 12 points, while Wells notched 10 points.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) netted 14 points against Boston University on Jan. 28, making it the 23rd time in the last 27 games dating back to last year she has scored in double-figures. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she notched a season-high 18 points for the third time this year. Her two other 18-point outings came in back-to-back efforts against Quinnipiac (Nov. 29) and Harvard (Nov. 24). During the 27 game span, she has tallied 22 points on two occasions, the latest coming in a 66-62 win over Albany at the SEFCU Arena on Feb. 28, 2009. Her other 22-point outburst came against defending conference champion Vermont on Feb. 22, 2009. Last year she 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, 2009), then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21, 2009). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) is averaging 8.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the last four outings. In that span, Flynn set career highs in both points and rebounds against both Dartmouth (Jan. 19) and Albany (Jan. 22). Against the Great Danes she poured in a career-high 16 points along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Against the Big Green she set a career-high with 13 rebounds, adding seven points and two blocks. Prior to her stellar outing against the Big Green, Flynn had reached her previous high of eight rebounds just once against Maryland on Dec. 29, 2007. This season only Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has pulled in more rebounds in a game than Flynn, as she tallied 14 boards against Harvard on Nov. 24.
MOVING ON UP
After tallying 14 points against Boston University on Jan. 28, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), moved to eighth all-time in program history in scoring. She currently has 1,146 points in her UNH career and needs 288 points to break into the top-5, a total that would tie Wildcat great Orsi Farkas' all-time mark of 1,434 career points.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in nine rebounds against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 604 rebounds in her career, becoming one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history. Williams has tallied at least seven boards in eight of the last 11 games and currently leads the team with average of 6.6 rebounds per game.
TORCHING THE NETS
The Wildcats scored over 80 points for the second time this season when they poured in 87 points against Albany on Jan. 22. For UNH, it was also the second time this season it shot over 50 percent, posting a season-high .579 clip from the floor. UNH scored 80 points against Holy Cross on Dec. 20, marking the largest point total the ‘Cats had posted since they notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009. New Hampshire shot an impressive 54.4 percent from the floor against the Crusaders, marking the first time it shot over 50 percent from the floor since Dec. 12, 2007 against Iona (50.0; 30-60).
New Hampshire drilled eight 3-pointers against Binghamton on Jan. 24, marking the fifth time this season the ‘Cats have knocked down at least eight trifectas. UNH's most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Dec. 30, when the Wildcats drained a season-high 10 3-pointers. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the way knocking down a season-high four trifectas, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) each hit two apiece and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) each added a trey to the mix. For the Wildcats, it was the first time they drilled at least 10 3-pointers since draining 14 trifectas against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008.
PARTY OF FIVE
For the second time this season five Wildcats finished in double-figure scoring, as Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led the way, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively, against Albany on Jan. 22. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) (14), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) (12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) (12) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers. The last time the 'Cats had five players in double figures came in an 80-72 decision against Holy Cross College on Dec. 22. In that game, Beliveau led all scorers with 20 points and was followed by McDonald (18 points, six rebounds), Williams (15 points, nine rebounds), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 10 points, 11 assists) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.; 10 points).
TOP OF THE WORLD
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer on Jan. 16 against UMBC, giving her a program record 180 3-point field goals for her career. The impressive total passes Heidi Plencner's all-time mark of 179 trifectas, a record she set in 2002. This season, Simpson has drilled 24 3-pointers, averaging 6.6 points per game. Last year, she notched 62 3-pointers, which was the best single-season mark in program history.
FOUR OF A KIND
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led four Wildcats in double figure scoring, each netting 15 points apiece in UNH's 77-67 win over UMBC on Jan. 16. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers, notching 14 and 12 points, respectively. For the Wildcats, it was the first time four 'Cats registered in double figures since their last meeting with the Retrievers on Feb. 8, 2009. In that game, Williams (19), Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) (17), Wells (12) and Simpson (11) all reached double digit scoring.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dropped in a team-high 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks against UMBC on Jan. 16, marking the second straight game she scored in double digits. In the game prior against Maine on Jan. 12, she torched the nets for a season-high 21 points, which was the most points the senior has scored since netting 21 against Stony Brook on Jan. 21, 2009. In addition to scoring 21 points against the Black Bears, Simpson also tallied three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
PASSING THE GREATS
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied five assists against Boston University on Jan. 28, giving her 312 assists for her career, a mark that ranks ninth all-time in program history. This season she has compiled 106 assists, breaking her single-season career-high of 90 assists, which she set last season. Prior to the 2008-09 campaign, Simpson tallied 77 assists during the 2007-08 season and 39 assists in 2006-07.
DOING THE DISHES
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has stepped up in her new role as point guard this season, notching the third-best assist total in the conference with 106. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she tallied her second best assist total of the season, dishing out eight assists for the second time this year. In the game prior, she tied a career-high with 11 assists against Holy Cross College on Dec. 20. The last time she reached the 11-assist mark came against UMBC on Feb. 2, 2008. For her career, Simpson has tallied 312 assists, ranking her ninth all-time in program history. Simpson has been solid across the board for the ‘Cats this year, averaging 6.6 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched her second double-double of the season on Jan. 12 against Maine with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She notched her first double-double of the season on Nov. 24 against Harvard with 14 points and 14 rebounds. For the forward, it was her fourth career double-double as she also notched double digit efforts against Northeastern (22 pts, 10 rbs) on Dec. 15, 2007 and Binghamton (18 pts, 11 rbs) on Jan. 19, 2008. Prior to Beliveau's impressive outing, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her first double-double of the season against Canisius College on Dec. 28 with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Williams, the impressive mark comes as her 14th career double-double. Last season, the forward earned a conference-best 10 double-doubles. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also notched a double-double this season, tallying 10 points and a career-high 11 assists against Holy Cross on Dec. 20.
MAKE ROOM AT THE TOP
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in two boards against Stony Brook on Jan. 6, moving her to ninth all-time in career rebounds. The senior leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game, a total that currently ranks eighth in the conference. Williams has compiled at least seven rebounds in four of the last five games, including eight of the last 11 games. Her most impressive outing came against Canisius College on Dec. 28, when she tallied a season-high 11 rebounds. For her career she has compiled 622 boards.
WILDCAT BLOCK PARTY
The Wildcats currently rank second in the conference in blocks with 96, which is good for an average of 4.6 per game. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the way for the ‘Cats this season, notching 39 blocks, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) ranks second on the squad with 20.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) has tallied a team-high 24 3-point field goals this season, while shooting the fifth-best field goal percentage (.353) in the conference from beyond the arc. The success from downtown is a pleasant surprise for the guard, who knocked down just seven treys from 3-point range last season paired with a .194 shooting percentage. Wells is averaging 6.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.
TICKLE THE TWINE
New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .394 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks second in the conference. UNH's stellar marksmanship from the field comes after a season in which the ‘Cats shot 35.7 percent from the floor. The last time the Wildcats finished the season with a shooting clip above .390 was during the 2005-06 campaign, when they finished the year with a 39.1 shooting percentage.
RE-WRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks second in the conference in blocks with 39 this season, which is good for an average of 2.1 per game. Since the start of conference play, McDonald is averaging 2.0 blocks per game, a mark that ranks third in the America East. The center has notched a block in 14 of the last 15 games. Her most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse Orange on Dec. 30, when she set the UNH single-game record for blocks with seven. Against Stony Brook on Jan. 6 she notched five blocks, marking the third time this season she has swatted at least five shots. The first time she reached the 5-block plateau came against Louisville on Dec. 22, which also marked the first time a Wildcat tallied at least five blocks in a game since Ray Williams reached the mark against Yale on Nov. 19, 2005. McDonald is picking up right where she left off last season, when she tallied the second best single-season block total in program history with 47. For her career, she ranks fourth all-time in blocks with 95.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
With UNH's 42-40 victory over Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats snapped a seven-game America East Conference losing streak against the Golden Griffins. Earlier this season, Canisius earned a pair of wins against America East opponents, with victories over Binghamton (49-46) and Albany (52-41). For New Hampshire, the win comes as the program's second in its last three meetings against Canisius College.
After rounding out non-conference play against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, UNH head coach Kristin Cole is off to her best start during her tenure at New Hampshire, leading the 'Cats to a 5-8 record in non-conference play to kick off the season. The impressive total comes as the most non-conference wins the Wildcats have earned since also tallying five wins during the 2006-07 campaign.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (9) against Louisville on Dec. 22. McDonald reached the 18-point mark in the game prior against Holy Cross, when she helped lead the 'Cats to an 80-72 victory. The success is nothing new for the junior center, as she is off to a stellar start this season, posting 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game this year.
STEALING THE SHOW
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career-high with five steals against Seton Hall on Dec. 3, marking the third time she has reached the mark in her UNH career. It was also the first time a Wildcat compiled five steals in a game since Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) did so on Dec. 5, 2008 against Colgate. On the season, Beliveau has tallied multiple steals in a game 11 times for the Wildcats. She currently leads the team with 35 steals, with an average of 1.8 steals per game.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied a steal against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 116 steals for her Wildcat career. The impressive total ranks 20th all-time in program history. The last Wildcat to break into the 100-steal club was Whitney Edwards, who played for the ‘Cats from 2003-07 and compiled 229 for her career, which ranks second all-time in program history. On the season, Simpson ranks second on team with 23 steals, averaging 1.1 per game.
So far this season the Wildcats have been playing stellar defense against some impressive company. They have held opponents to the second best defensive shooting percentage (.367) in the conference from the floor this year, while shooting an impressive .394 clip themselves. The fresh start comes against an A-10 (St. Joseph's, UMass), an ACC (Maryland) and three Big East (Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse) programs, following a season in which opponents shot .404 from the field against the ‘Cats. Most recently against No. 23 Syracuse, the ‘Cats held the Orange to their second lowest offensive output this season, allowing just 58 points and forcing them to shoot just 31.5 percent from the floor. Against Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats held the Golden Griffins to .267 shooting and just 40 points, marks that are both team-highs. Against Quinnipiac on Nov. 29, New Hampshire held the Bobcats to just 29.5 percent shooting. In the game prior versus Harvard, the Wildcats kicked off the game playing stingy defense against the Crimson, holding them scoreless for the first 5:16 of the action and not allowing a field goal until the 8:44 mark. In UNH's 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20, the Wildcats compiled a season-high 13 steals and forced a season-best 27 turnovers. In UNH's matchup against No. 21 Maryland on Nov. 16, the ‘Cats pestered the Terps into shooting just .278 from the field, holding their offense to just 63 points, which was Maryland's second lowest point total in the last 29 games dating back to last season. The only team to hold the Terps to an even lower point total was Louisville, who defeated Maryland 77-60 in the NCAA Elite Eight on March 30, 2009. Against St. Joe's, the ‘Cats were just as impressive, holding the Hawks to just .277 shooting and a total of 56 points.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
After tallying 18 points and pulling down five rebounds against Louisville on Dec. 22, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) became just the eleventh Wildcat to score over 1,000 points and compile 500 rebounds in program history. For her career she has compiled 1,146 points and 622 rebounds. The last ‘Cat to achieve the feat was Danielle Clark in 2007, who finished her UNH career with 1,331 points and 579 rebounds. Kris Kinney tops the list, finishing her UNH career with 2,231 points and 897 rebounds after a four-year stint with the ‘Cats from 1985-89.
IN THE CLUTCH
With UNH's 78-65 overtime victory over Harvard University on Nov. 24, the Wildcats have now won their last six decisions in overtime dating back to March 1, 2003, when UNH defeated Stony Brook 70-67 in the extra frame. Tuesday's win marks the largest margin of victory in overtime in program history. It is also UNH's first win against Harvard since Dec. 29, 1999, when the Wildcats defeated the Crimson 70-58 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH's 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20 marked the first time the Wildcats knocked off two Atlantic-10 teams in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign. The 'Cats earned their first victory over an Atlantic-10 opponent this season on Nov. 13, when they defeated St. Joseph's University 64-56 at Lundholm Gymnasium. During the 1989-90 season, the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island 67-56 on Nov. 28 and earned a 66-60 win against UMass on Dec. 9 to complete the A-10 sweep in non-conference play.
In addition to her 21 points and nine rebounds in UNH's 64-56 win over St. Joseph's University on Nov. 13, Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career high in free throws made, knocking down 10-of-10 shots from the charity stripe. Included in that total are four tallies which came in the last two minutes of play to seal the victory for the 'Cats. It was the first time a Wildcat shot 100 percent from the foul line since Danielle Clark (12-12) did so on Nov. 26, 2006 against Iona. The last time Beliveau knocked down 10 free throws in a game came against Northeastern on Dec. 15, 2007. She finished that night with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
LAST TIME OUT
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass; 14), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 12) all scored in double digits, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 66-59, on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the win the Terriers improve to 10-10 overall and 6-2 in America East play, while the Wildcats fall to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in conference action.
Simpson took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with five assists, four rebounds and a block. For BU, Caitlynn Moran was named Player of the Game, registering 20 points, four boards and a block.
With the score 56-48 in favor of BU with 3:49 remaining in regulation, Williams helped New Hampshire get back on track, dropping in six points in just over two minutes, cutting the deficit to six with 1:52 remaining.
Moments later, Wells would help give the ‘Cats a major lift, as she sliced the defense, driving to the basket from the left wing and muscling in a layup on contact with 40 seconds remaining. Wells would complete the three-point play, draining the free throw that followed, cutting the deficit to five, to set the score at 60-55.
Wells continued her hot shooting, as she buried a jumper and a layup in the final 33 seconds, but it was enough, as Moran went a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the closing moments of the action to put the ‘Cats away for good. She finished the night 11-for-13 from the free throw line.
The Terriers kicked off the action with a 12-5 run that lasted just under seven minutes, as the visitors capped off the stretch with five unanswered points, as Moran finished things off with 3-pointer at 13:06.
Simpson snapped the run as she banged in a 3-pointer, sparking a 12-3 run, giving the home team the 17-15 lead with 7:50 remaining in the stanza. The ‘Cats would finish off their run with seven unanswered points, as Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) each dropped in a layup and Williams netted a 3-pointer to take back the lead.
Alex Young responded knocking down a trifecta, kicking off a 9-5 run that reclaimed the lead for the visitors, with a 24-22 advantage at 3:17. However, UNH was quick respond as Friel buried a 3-pointer, setting the score at 25-24 in favor of the home team.
Following the basket, the ‘Cats would string off eight unanswered points in the next 2:36, pushing ahead with their largest lead of the night, with the score 33-24. Moran would end the scoring drought with three points the old-fashioned-way with six seconds on the clock. However, UNH wasn't finished, as Wells took the ball the length of the court and drained a jumper with one second remaining to give the home team the 35-27 advantage at the intermission.
After trading baskets at the start of the second frame, the Terriers came to life putting together a 15-0 run that lasted 5:39, giving the visitors their first lead in nearly 11 minutes as they pushed ahead 42-37 on a Kerry Cashman jumper.
Friel drained the second of two free throw attempts and Williams buried a 3-pointer about a minute later to end the run, cutting BU's lead down to one, setting the score at 42-41 with 11:01 to play.
Despite UNH's offensive spark, BU didn't slow up, posting a 14-5 run over the course of the next 5:06, building the lead to its highest margin of the contest with a 56-46 advantage with 5:37 to play. Chantell Alford led the way for the Terriers during the stretch as she notched 10 of her 13 points on the night during the run.
Friel registered a career-high nine points in the contest, paired with a block and a steal. Flynn added eight rebounds and six points.
For BU, Young finished the night with 17 points, six boards and two assists. Alford tallied 13 points, two rebounds and a steal.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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 Dec. 21.
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.
WILDCATS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team received 38 points to place fourth in the America East preseason poll that was released this afternoon by the conference.
The Wildcats finished last season in fifth place in the conference with an 8-23 record, including a 6-10 mark against America East opponents, after being picked seventh in last year's preseason poll. New Hampshire's 38-point total tied with Boston University, who is coming off an undefeated conference regular season and its first appearance in the postseason WNIT. UMBC finished followed closely behind UNH and BU, with 35 points in the sixth place spot.
Vermont, last year's conference champion, is predicted to once again capture the title, receiving five first place votes and tallying 61 points. Hartford is selected to finish second with 60 points, garnering four first place votes in the poll. Binghamton is predicted to finish third, with 45 points.
Stony Brook University is slated to finish seventh (23 points), while the University of Maine (13) and the University at Albany (11 points) round out the final three spots in the poll.
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