Two-Time Honorees Holmes and Smith Net Weekly Awards Again
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- For the second time this season, Binghamton University junior guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) earned the America East women's basketball Player of the Week award for her part in leading the Bearcats to two wins last week. Also a repeat honoree, University of Maine freshman guard Amber Smith (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) garnered the league's Rookie of the Week honor, continuing the Black Bears' three-week hold on the award.
Holmes averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game while playing all possible 80 minutes in two games. She started the week netting a game-high 21 points at home against Siena on Tuesday night, while adding six rebounds, a season-high seven assists and four steals. Holmes followed that up with a 12-point, six-assist, four-steal, three-rebound effort on the road against UMass on Saturday.
Holmes, a unanimous preseason all-conference selection, leads the conference in scoring (15.4 ppg), assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.9 spg). She is also second in the league averaging 2.0 treys per game through the first nine contests.
Smith scored in double figures in both games last week, averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist per game. At Penn, the freshman guard tallied 11 points, two boards, two steals and added an assist and a block while shooting 5-for-9 from the floor. Against Penn State on Sunday, a team receiving votes in the national poll, Smith finished with 14 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block. She also went 7-for-8 from the charity stripe against the Nittany Lions.
Smith leads all of the conference's freshmen this season with 12.4 ppg, which is good for sixth overall in America East. She also leads all freshmen with a .444 field-goal percentage.
Sunday, December 12
at Hartford 74, Dartmouth 43 - Box Score
- Sophomore Nikkia Smith led Hartford with a team-high 14 points, six boards and two steals. Senior guard Mary Silvia scored 13 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the win.
- The Hawks had their best possession game of the season, turning the ball over a season-low nine times, forcing Dartmouth into 21 turnovers, and swiping a season-high nine steals.
- Hartford scored 45 of its points in the second half, shooting .621 (18-for-29).
at Penn State 95, Maine 41 - Box Score
- Redshirt-freshman guard Amber Smith scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season, netting a team-high 14 points in the loss. Rookie Ashleigh Roberts also scored in twin figures with 10 points.
- The Black Bears received an excellent performance in the paint from sophomore center Corinne Wellington. Wellington scored five points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in the loss.
- Maine got to the charity stripe 24 times, converting on 20 free throws (.833).
Saturday, December 18
Albany at Niagara 2 p.m.
Binghamton at Mount St. Mary's 3 p.m.
UMBC at Virginia 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 19
Stony Brook at Long Island 1 p.m.
New Hampshire at Central Connecticut 1 p.m.
Vermont at Kent State 2 p.m.
All teams have the week off for final exams. Albany, Binghamton and UMBC start back up again on Saturday, December 18.
The junior class across the league this year has put its stamp on the conference with its dominance in the statistical rankings. Four of the top five scorers, and six of the top 10, are juniors. No other class can even boast half as many in the top 10. Three of the top four conference leaders in minutes played are juniors, and four of the top five spots in the steals rankings belong to the third-year class. Other notable categories that the junior class has succeeded in are free-throw percentage (top four, 5-of-top-10), three-pointers (top three, 5-of-10), and blocks (3-of-5, 6-of-10).
Bearcats' Starting Five
The Binghamton University starting five has not changed since the opening tip of the season, and has played 89 percent of the team's minutes this year. It's no suprise then that the Bearcats' starters have accounted for 95.3 percent of the team's scoring, 94.7 percent of its assists, and 87.8 precent its rebounds. All five starters are averaging double-digit points and are in the America East top-20. Guards Holmes and freshman Jasbriell Swain (Memphis, Tenn.) have logged the most minutes with 39.8 and 38.0 minutes per game, respectively.
Grand Great Danes
University at Albany began its season with one of its best starts in program history. The Great Danes won their first fives games of the season for the first time since 1986-87, and began 6-1 for the first time in its Division I history. The 1986-87 team, which competed at the Division III level, went 5-0 to open the season and finished with a 19-5 overall record. The Great Danes are now 6-3 after running into a pair of national powerhouses in Syracuse and #5/#4 Duke, and currently sit in first place in the America East standings.
Once again, the Hartford Hawks have one of the toughest slates in the nation. According to Collegiate Basketball News' RPIratings.com, the Hawks have had the 39th toughest 2010-11 schedule thus far and have played four top-100 teams. New Hampshire has also had a challenging schedule, ranked 98th in the country, while the league as a whole has a combined strength of schedule ranked 11th of the 33 conferences.
Collegiate Basketball News ranked America East 25th out of 33 conferences in the weekly RPI Report, down one spot from the previous week. Albany, which is the highest-ranked of the America East teams, appears at 124, up 41 steps from last week's position, and 145 spots above where it finished the 2009-10 season (269). UMBC made the largest jump of any America East squad, moving up 75 spots from 293 to 218.
Poll Position... Mid-Major Edition
CollegeInsider.com debuted its first-ever Women's Mid-Major Top-25 poll this year. Three teams (Hartford, Vermont, Boston U.) were either ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll. The most recent edition of the poll (Dec. 7) ranked Albany 23rd among all mid-majors after entering the poll at 25th the previous week. The Great Danes are garnering 85 points.
Nearly one-third of the league's non-conference games this year have come against opponents from the Ivy League and Northeast Conference, largely to do with regional factors. America East teams have played teams from those leagues twelve times each, posting a 6-6 record against the NEC and a 5-7 mark against the Ivies. Just under half of the league's wins this year have come against these two conferences.
UMBC's Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) is closing in on 1,000 career points. The junior pulled closer with 25 points last week and has 937 going into Saturday night's game at Virginia. Kurowski would become the second active America East player to top 1,000 career points, joining senior Kirsten Jeter from Stony Brook.
A bevy of players have reached the 500 career- point mark already this season, including the youngest to do so, Boston U. sophomore Chantell Alford (West Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) last weekend. Juniors Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) of UMBC and Viive Rebane (Talinn, Estonia/Audentes School) from Binghamton have both eclipsed the half-century mark as well. The most recent to make the mark are seniors Tanna Ross (Newburgh, Maine/Hampden Academy) of Maine and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury) of New Hampshire. Black Bear junior Samantha Wheeler (Derry, N.H./Timberlane Regional) is just three points away from 500.
Jeter's A Keeper
Stony Brook senior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont), a unanimous preseason all-conference pick, is poised to finish her career with spectacular numbers. She is currently the league's active leader in points (1,184), rebounds (604) and steals (179), and has led the Seawolves to improvement in every season since her freshman year in 2007-08.
Boston University sophomore guard Mo Moran (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) tallied a triple-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on November 17 at home against Yale, the first Terrier to accomplish the feat since 2004. It is also the third straight season America East has had a player notch a triple-double, as former America East Player of the Year Courtnay Pilypaitis ('10) from University of Vermont picked up a triple-double in each of the previous two seasons.
America East is coming off arguably its most successful season in the history of the league. Two teams represented the conference in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000, including Hartford's first-ever at-large bid. Vermont defeated Wisconsin in the first round, America East's third win in the tourney since 2006. Boston U. made it three teams in the postseason when it earned a spot in the postseason WNIT and hosted a game at Case Gym. For the year, the league finished 15th in the RPI, the league's highest finish since 2005-06. America East was the fifth-highest ranked non-FBS conference in the final 2009-10 RPI ratings.
Against The Best
To get into postseason tournaments - and then succeed in them - you must compete against the best teams. Over a third of the league's non-conference games last year (45 of 113) were against teams which qualified for the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments the previous season. Below is how the league fared against those teams.
vs. NCAA Teams 5-16 (.238)
->wins over Dartmouth (x2), Temple, Sacred Heart, Louisville
vs. WNIT Teams 7-17 (.292)
->wins over Central Conn., Harvard, Boston College, Coppin St, Dayton, Bowling Green, Canisius
vs. All Postseason Teams 12-33 (.267)
So far during the 2010-11 season, 27 of 83 non-conference opponents competed in the 2010 postseason, including nine NCAA participants, 17 WNIT competitors and one WBI Tournament team.
America East welcomes three new head coaches this season. University at Albany hired Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, previously the associate head coach at Indiana and also a former assistant at University of Maine. University of New Hampshire brought on Maureen Magarity to head up its program. Magarity, who comes from Army where she was most recently associate head coach, is believed to be the youngest Division I coach--men's or women's--in the country. Finally, after two straight America East Championships, University of Vermont is rebuilding its team, including the coaching staff. During the offseason, the Catamounts hired Lori Gear McBride, a member of the 1994 North Carolina team which won the National Championship.
Maine head coach Cindy Blodgett signed a two-year contract extension this fall. The new deal extends her four-year contract signed in 2007 through the end of the 2012-13 season. Blodgett is a 1998 Maine graduate and Black Bear legend who enjoyed a professional career in the WNBA and Europe. She returned to Maine three years ago following a successful stint as a Brown University assistant coach.
Atop Of The Class
The Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) recognized both the UMBC and University of Hartford women's basketball programs this summer with the release of the organization's Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Retrievers had the third-highest grade-point average (GPA) of all Division I programs for the 2009-10 year based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches, while the Hawks ranked 23rd in the country. UMBC, led by Head Coach Phil Stern, finished the season with a team GPA of 3.578 and is making its first appearance on the Top 25 Honor Roll. Only Utah Valley University (3.630) and South Dakota State University (3.622) in Division I bettered the Retrievers' mark. Head Coach Jen Rizzotti’s Hawks compiled a team GPA of 3.321 for the 2009-10 campaign and made the honor roll for the second straight year. The Hawks were one of just nine 2010 postseason teams (NCAA/WNIT) honored academically this year.
Online Web Show Premieres
America East is proud to release its latest new media initiative, "America East Online". America East Online is a 20-minute web-only show which features all nine of the conference's campuses and highlights athletics, academics and leadership. The show, hosted by America East's Max Mandel, will be available on Wednesdays at least every other week throughout the academic year, including weekly during the basketball season. Fans can watch the web show at the America East Zone on AmericaEast.com, as well as on the league's social media web sites such as YouTube and Facebook.
AExtra Blog Covers It All
America East unveiled its new blog--"AExtra"--on Wednesday, September 1, just in time for the 2010-11 season. AExtra gives fans a unique perspective on the teams and student-athletes that make up the conference. In addition to the conference media relations staff, contributors to the blog include student journalists from member schools who will have inside access to the teams, the games and the storylines. AExtra features stories and recaps beyond just the boxscores, q&a's with student-athletes, coaches and beat reporters, a daily round up of web links of the conference in the news and a forum for fans to interact with each other and the conference. Photo galleries and videos will showcase the action.
Good Things Come In TV Packages
During the regular season, America East, in partnership with ESPN Regional Television, will produce seven women's basketball games, which will be distributed among regional sports networks and local carriers. Eric Frede returns as the play-by-play announcer for America East basketball. Leah Secondo, a veteran of America East television productions, will be alongside Frede as the color analyst.
The conference television slate begins Jan. 23 when the teams picked first and second, Boston U. and Hartford, battle at Case Gym live on Comcast Sports Net at 2 p.m. Three days later, the Terriers then host Binghamton, picked to finish the conference third, in a night game broadcast on Comcast Sports Net and on Time Warner. Hartford will host the next two AETV games. A Feb. 13 matchup features a rematch of the Terriers and Hawk on Comcast Sports Net, while UMBC makes the trek on Feb. 20 for a game to be televised on Comcast Sports Net in New England and Comcast Sports Net plus in the Mid-Atlantic.
Additionally, the America East Championship semifinals on March 6 will be produced by the conference in partnership with ESPN Regional.
As result of a partnership with Neulion, each of the conference-produced games will also be streamed and available for free at the America East Zone on www. AmericaEast.com.
Terriers Are Clearcut Favorites
With a wealth of young talent returning for the 2010-11 season, the Boston University Terriers are the team to beat for the 2011 America East Women’s Basketball Championship. The Terriers received all eight possible first-place votes in a poll of the league’s nine head coaches, with head coaches not permitted to vote for their own team. The conference office unveiled the preseason poll on October 14 at the 2010 America East Basketball Tip-Off Event at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, host city of the 2011 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Newman’s Own.
Perennial powerhouse University of Hartford garnered the remaining first-place vote and received 56 points, eight points behind the Terriers. Binghamton University placed third in the poll with 50 points, followed by Stony Brook University (39), UMBC (37) and University of Vermont (30). University at Albany (18), University of Maine (17) and University of New Hampshire (13) rounded out the nine-team poll.
2010-11 Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Total
1. Boston University (8) 64
2. Hartford (1) 56
3. Binghamton 50
4. Stony Brook 39
5. UMBC 37
6. Vermont 30
7. Albany 18
8. Maine 17
9. New Hampshire 13
Seven women’s basketball student-athletes earned preseason all-conference recognition as voted on by the league’s nine head coaches and announced at the America East Basketball Tip-Off Event on Thursday, October 14 at the Connecticut State Capitol Building. All seven student-athletes are first-time recipients of this distinction.
The preseason all-conference team, which includes three from the preseason favorite Boston University Terriers, consists of two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors, a stark contrast to last year’s preseason team which was exclusively seniors.
Leading the group as unanimous selections are Binghamton University junior guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell), Boston University sophomore guard Chantell Alford (West Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) and Stony Brook University senior forward Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont). These three earned the maximum eight votes, as head coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Joining this trio are Terrier guards Mo Moran (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) and Alex Young (Hickory, N.C./St. Stephen’s), University of Hartford senior guard Jackie Smith (Westfield, Mass./Holyoke) and University of New Hampshire junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass./Framingham). Seven were named to the team rather than the traditional five due to a tie in the voting.
2010-11 Preseason All-Conference Team
*Andrea Holmes, Binghamton, Jr., G
*Chantell Alford, Boston U., So., G
Mo Moran, Boston U., So., G
Alex Young, Boston U., Jr., G
Jackie Smith, Hartford, Sr., G
Denise Beliveau, New Hampshire, Jr., F
*Kirsten Jeter, Stony Brook, Sr., F
Hartford Hosts 2011 Tourney
The America East Conference has chosen the University of Hartford as host for its 2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Just months removed from the first-ever combined men’s and women’s championship, the conference Athletic Directors chose to build off the momentum created from this past year and once again hold the tournament in Hartford.
The 2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be held on March 3-6, 2011 at The Chase Family Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion on University of Hartford’s campus. The first, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds for both the men and women will be held at the combined tournament, while the title games will again both be held the following weekend at the site of highest seeds remaining.
Newman's Own Signs Title Sponsorship
Newman’s Own, Inc. announced it renewed partnership with the America East Conference as title sponsor of the men’s and women’s basketball championship, March 3-6, 2011, at the University of Hartford. This marks the second sponsorship year for Newman’s Own. The Westport, CT-based company will again engage championship fans in sponsorship-related arena activities along with the promotion of Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust Frozen pizzas.
Elements of the sponsorship that were a priority to Newman’s Own last year will be replicated during the 2011 tournament, including arena signage for Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust Frozen pizzas; product awareness and trial; extensive television exposure with a Newman’s Own 30-second commercial, a new avenue in Newman’s Own marketing; America East website presence; social media engagement; and, a continued growth in the awareness of the company’s philanthropic mission.
Over $100,000 Up For Grabs
Newman's Own Foundation announced the continuation of its Campus Community Service Challenge in partnership with the America East Conference. Launched last year at the Conference's preseason basketball tipoff, this unique program encourages the practice of philanthropy on America East campuses and in surrounding communities. One student group, chosen from each of the America East's nine member universities, will participate on behalf of its nonprofit partner for the top grant of $25,000. In total, over $100,000 will be awarded to nominated nonprofits and other charities. Judges for the challenge will include NBA legend and well-known philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo and ESPN basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo. For more information, visit www.NewmansOwnFoundation.org/Challenge.
ALBANY GREAT DANES (6-3, 0-0 AE)
Albany dropped back-to-back games last week against Syracuse and #5/4 Duke... Junior Felicia Johnson (Newport News, Va./Woodside) led the Great Danes, averaging 14.0 points in the two games... She also handed out eight assists... Sophomore Ebone Henry (San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic) averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while also recording five steals... Junior guard Cassandra Callaway (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne/Daytona State) has become a key component for the Great Danes as of late... Callaway averaged 8.0 points in two starts, while also handing out five assists and averaging a team-high 34 minutes per game... The Great Danes will continue non-conference play on Saturday, Dec. 18, visiting Niagara at 2 p.m.
BINGHAMTON BEARCATS (5-4, 0-0 AE)
Binghamton has won two straight games and has taken three out of its last four decisions... Junior point guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.0 steals this past week. She netted a game-high 21 points against Siena on Dec. 7 while adding six rebounds, a season-high seven assists and four steals. She followed up with a 12-point, six assist, four-steal, three-rebound effort against UMass on Dec. 11. Holmes currently leads the America East Conference in scoring (15.4 ppg.), assists (4.3 apg.) and steals (2.9 spg.)... Junior guard Orla O'Reilly (Cork, Ireland/Ursuline School) has led the Bearcats in scoring twice in the past three games. Against UMass on Saturday, she netted a team-best 16 points... For the first time in its Division I history, the Bearcats have five players averaging double figures in scoring. In addition to Holmes and O'Reilly (10.1 ppg.), freshman guard Jasbriell Swain (Memphis, Tenn./Horn Lake) is averaging 11.4 points per game, sophomore forward Kara Elofson (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins) has 11.2 points per contest, while junior forward Viive Rebane (Talinn, Estonia) is averaging 10.7 points per night... Holmes now has 848 career points, which ranks 19th all-time in program history. She needs two points to tie Katrina Roggenbaum (1990-94) for 18th place all time, nine to catch Robyn Lebel (1991-93) for 17th place and 12 to catch Sonny Mehring (1978-82) for 16th place... With her 20-point, 10 rebound performance against Siena on Dec. 7, Rebane now has seven career double-doubles. l Binghamton vs. Siena Highlights l
BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (3-8, 0-0 AE)
The Boston University women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-49 victory over UMass on Wednesday night at Case Gym... The Terriers also had two losses to Northeastern, 67-55, and Marist, 71-55... Sophomore Chantell Alford (West Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) was the team's leading scorer during those three games as she averaged 15.3 ppg, while classmate Mo Moran (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) chipped in 12.0 ppg... Junior Caroline Stewart (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) and senior Kerry Cashman (Newfields, N.H./Exeter) were forces to be reckoned with on the boards as they averaged 9.7 and 8.3 rpg, respectively. Boston U. will now have a 17-day break before reconvening on Dec. 28 at Richmond. l Boston U. vs. UMass Highlights l
HARTFORD HAWKS (2-9, 0-0 AE)
The Hawks finished three games in six days with a 1-2 record with the victory coming convincingly over Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon 74-43... The Hawks opened the three games in six days stretch with a home loss to Marist (40-57) on Tuesday afternoon before falling to Temple (45-63) on the road on Friday night... The Hawks were led on the week by sophomore Nikkia Smith (Montville, Conn./Montville) who finished with back-to-back career-high nights against Temple and Dartmouth... She finished the Temple game with her second collegiate double-figured scoring game with 11 points, while adding a career-high 14 in the win over Dartmouth on Sunday... Joining her in averaging double figures for the week was senior guard Mary Silvia (Reading Mass./Reading) and sophomore guard Daphne Elliott (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) who each averaged 10.0 ppg... Elliott completed her third- and fourth-straight games in double figures with 11 points against Marist and 12 against Temple before adding seven points in the win over Dartmouth... Silvia put up a pair of double-figure games with 12 in the loss to Marist and 13 in the win over Dartmouth, 11 of those 13 points coming in the first half... Elliott also led the team in rebounding last week, averaging 6.3 rebounds-per-game... The Hawks will have the next 10 days to take finals and prepare for their next game at Hofstra on December 22 at 2 p.m.
MAINE BLACK BEARS (1-8, 0-0 AE)
The Maine Black Bears are coming off a pair of losses in the state of Pennsylvania last week... Maine did not score out of the 40s in either game and was led by Amber Smith's 12.5 points per game... The Black Bears used the sixth different lineup of the season, starting Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del./Concord), Tanna Ross (Newburgh, Maine/Hampden Academy), Smith (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich), Katelyn Vanderhoff (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) and Jaymie Druding (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park)... Ross made her first start since March 1, 2009 at Boston U., and Roberts made the first start of her career. Maine played without America East Third-Team selection, Samantha Wheeler (Derry, N.H./Timberlane Regional), for the fourth-straight game... Shareka Maner (Spring Hill, Fla./Nature Coast) made her career debut for the Black Bears and drained the first three-pointer of the game at Penn... She also played against Penn State... Maine will have the week off for finals before traveling to Florida for a pair of games in the Stetson Classic... Maine will play Winthrop on Dec. 20th and Stetson on the 21st.
UMBC RETRIEVERS (4-6, 0-0 AE)
UMBC split a pair of games last week, defeating cross-town rival Towson, 56-48, on Tuesday, before falling at No. 23 Maryland, 71-45, on Friday… The win over Towson was the third straight for the Retrievers, marking their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2009… UMBC’s three juniors – guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) combined for all but eight of the Retrievers’ points against the Tigers… Kurowski tallied 17 points and seven boards, while Obajolu netted 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Brown recorded 15 points and five boards… The Retrievers shot a season-high 50.0 percent from the floor… UMBC fell behind Maryland, 15-0, and made just five of 18 attempts in the opening period but started the second half much stronger, knocking down eight of its first nine shots and shooting 50 percent overall… Brown scored all of her team-high 14 points in the second half, including eight in the first seven minutes… She tied her career high with four three-pointers… Obajolu was the only other Retriever in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting… Kurowski is just 63 points away from becoming the 17th member of UMBC’s 1,000-point club, while senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) is 24 rebounds shy of becoming the 14th Retriever ever to reach 500 in her career… UMBC’s trio of juniors has accounted for 68.7 percent of the team’s scoring this season, and all three rank among the top 15 scorers in the America East… The Retrievers have a week off for finals before visiting their second straight ACC opponent in Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 18. l UMBC vs. Towson Highlights l
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-6, 0-0 AE)
Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Harvard University, 96-63, at Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 10… Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) led the ‘Cats, tying a season-high with 16 points, including 14 in the second half… Beliveau finished the night 4-of-8 from the floor, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe… She also pulled in three rebounds and added one assist… Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, tying a career-high with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown while coming off the bench for UNH… The Wildcats totaled 26 points off the bench… Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H./Nashua) totaled a team-best five assists for the ‘Cats, marking the third-straight game she has led the team in helpers… Harvard outshot New Hampshire 51.4 percent (36-70) to 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field… The Wildcats shot a season-best 56.3 percent from three-point land, knocking down 9-of-16 attempts… The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 19 (1 p.m.) when they take on Central Connecticut State at Detrick Gymnasium.
STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES (3-6, 0-0 AE)
The Seawolves dropped the first two games of a five-game road trip last week, falling to George Mason and George Washington... The game against George Mason was the Seawolves first true road game of the season... Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) scored a game-high 15 points against George Washington and has scored in double-figures five times this season, including three of her last four games... She scored in double-figures in four games all of last season... Junior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) posted her second double-double of the season (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Saturday against George Washington... It was her second-straight game with double-digit rebounds.. She has 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over her last six games... Stony Brook scored 22 points off 19 GW turnovers... The Seawolves have forced their opponents into 20 or more turnovers in six of their nine games this season... SBU will now be off until December 19 when it travels to take on LIU.
VERMONT CATAMOUNTS (0-8, 0-0 AE)
Vermont dropped to 0-8 with a pair of losses to Marquette (68-19) and Northeastern (55-46) last week... Marquette started the game with an 18-0 run and never looked back to post a 68-19 victory over Vermont... Senior Tonya Young (Canaan, N.H./Mascoma Valley Regional) led UVM in scoring against Northeastern, scoring 14 points... The Huskies went 8-for-8 from the foul line over the final 1:15 of the game and forced UVM into 31 turnovers to earn the win over the Catamounts... UVM has 10 days off for final exams and returns to action on Dec. 19 at Kent State and will also play at No. 15 Michigan State on Dec. 21... Vermont closes out 2010 with four straight road games. l Vermont vs. Northeastern Highlights l