Vermont junior Lauren Buschmann is averaging a double-double against league opponents this year.
Vermont junior Lauren Buschmann is averaging a double-double against league opponents this year.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Buschmann & Chase Win Weekly Awards

Release: 01/16/2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--University of Vermont junior forward Lauren Buschmann (St. Catherines, Ontario/Governor Simcoe) posted two double-doubles in as many games last week to capture her second Player of the Week award, and UMBC freshman point guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is the Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time overall this season. Both awards were for the week ending January 15.

Buschmann averaged 18.5 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists per game in a 1-1 week for the Catamounts. She scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while adding a career-high five assists and three steals in a victory over Binghamton on Wednesday. Buschmann shot 7-for-12 from the field.

In Saturday's overtime loss to New Hampshire, Buschmann scored a game-high 19 points. She also collected 12 rebounds and a career-high four steals. Twelve of her points, nine of her rebounds and two of her steals came in the second half, including six straight points in the final five minutes to help Vermont mount a comeback and force the overtime session.

Buschmann is averaging a double-double in league play, ranking second in scoring (16.0 ppg) as well as in rebounding (10.8 ppg). She also ranks fourth with 2.4 steals per game.

In the Retrievers' only game of the week, Chase compiled 13 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in a win over Stony Brook. Entering the locker room at halftime with the score tied, Chase dished out all nine of her assists in the second half to help the Retrievers outscore the Seawolves 49-23 over the final 20 points. She finished shooting 4-of-9 from the field. 

Chase is averaging 6.5 assists per game in conference games to lead America East. She also leads the league with 3.0 steals per game against America East teams.

Monday, Jan. 16

*Hartford at UMBC, 2 p.m.
*Vermont at Maine, 6 p.m. l Live stats l Live video l Vermont audio l Maine audio l
*Boston U. at Albany, 7 p.m. l Live stats l Live video l Boston U. audio l
*Stony Brook at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. l Live stats l Live video l SBU audio l UNH audio l

Progress Report
The conference finished off the non-conference schedule with a 53-64 (.453) mark. The latest RPI Report from ranks America East 15th out of 33 conferences. Hartford remains the top-ranked team in America East in the 83rd slot. Albany (101) and Boston U. (111) sit just outside the top-100.

Conference Rankings         America East Teams
1.    Big 12                           83. Hartford (10-8)
2.    Big East                       101. Albany (11-7)
3.    SEC                            111. Boston U. (11-6)
4.    Big Ten                       143. UMBC (9-8)
5.    Pac-12                        187. New Hampshire (9-7)
6.    ACC                            235. Vermont (8-10)
7.    Colonial                       237. Binghamton (8-10)
8.   West Coast                   259. Stony Brook (4-14)
9.   Atlantic 10                   326. Maine (3-14)
10. Missouri Valley
11. Conference USA
12. Ivy
13. Horizon
14. Mid-American
15. America East

Something's Gotta Give
Albany and Boston U. have used different styles of play to win games so far during league play, but both have led them to unblemished marks. Boston U. has scored a league-high 66.2 points per game en route to a 4-0 mark, while Albany has limited opponents to 40.4 points per game and tops the league with a 5-0 mark. The Terriers and Great Danes meet Monday night in Albany and only one team will remain undefeated on Tuesday.

Anyone's Game
Home courts tend to lend an advantage to teams, but America East road teams have really bucked the trend. Visitors are 12-8 (.600) during conference play thus far to take away that home court advantage.

It Takes Two
Look around the league and you'll find a lot of veteran duos, upperclassmen who carry a lot of the load for their teams. The highest-scoring tandem belongs to New Hampshire as senior Denise Beliveau and junior Morgan Frame together average 31.8 points per game, more than half of the team's average output. UMBC seniors Erin Brown and Michelle Kurowski also combine to score the majority of the Retrievers' points, checking in at 27.7 ppg. Check out some of the other prominent pairs of upperclassmen in America East.

Denise Beliveau/Morgan Frame, UNH    31.8 ppg
Erin Brown/Michelle Kurowski, UMBC    27.7 ppg
Andrea Holmes/Orla O'Reilly, Binghamton    26.5 ppg
Chantell Alford/Alex Young, BU*    23.3 ppg
Ebone Henry/Julie Forster, Albany    23.3 ppg
Ruthanne Doherty/Daphne Elliott, UH    23.3 ppg

* Alex Young and Mo Moran both average 10.8 ppg

TV Guide
There are two televised contests this week, both on Sunday. New Hampshire will host Binghamton at 1p on Jan. 22 in Durham and fans can catch the action on WBIN-TV in the Manchester and Boston areas. Meanwhile, at the same time, Vermont and UMBC will meet up in Burlington live on WCAXtra.

As of the NCAA's Jan. 16 statistics report, five America East teams rank among the top 100 teams in Division I for scoring defense. Albany's league-leading 53.1 points allowed per game ranks 25th and Stony Brook's 54.9 sits 38th. Boston U. (55.6; 48th) Hartford (56.6; 57th) and UMBC (58.4; 96th) also rank in that group.

Board Games
Six America East players are averaging at least 8.0 rebounds per game led by Albany junior Julie Forster with 9.8 rpg which ranks 33rd in the country. The conference hasn't had six players finish with season averages of 8.0 rpg or higher since the 1999-2000 season. 

On Top At The End
The America East Women's Basketball Champion has been either the one or two seed in the conference tournament 20 times in 27 years. Additionally, in 24 out of the 27 years of the tournament, the champion has been one of the top three seeds, making regular-season play crucial for championship hopes. Providing even further motivation, the highest seeded team remaining will host the America East Championship final in 2012 for the third straight year.

You've Been 'Frame'd
One of America East's highest scorers and rebounders won't show up in the league's overall stats since she hasn't played in 75 percent of her team's games yet, but she is somebody that other teams will need to plan for. New Hampshire junior Morgan Frame, a 6-foot-1 forward, was a midseason transfer last winter from St. Anselm College and was not eligible for the Wildcats until their Dec. 18 game against Rhode Island. In the eight games since, Frame has become UNH's leading scorer with 18.5 ppg and second-leading rebounder with 8.4 rpg. The Wildcats are 5-3 since Frame has become eligible after going 4-4 in the first eight games without Frame.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (11-7, 5-0 AE) won two games in conference play to extend the Great Danes' win streak to five straight... Albany defeated New Hampshire 60-44 and Maine 60-48 both on the road... The Great Danes were led by junior guard Lindsey Lowrie (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay), who averaged 21.0 points on .500 shooting (16-32) in the two games. Lowrie went 8-of-18 from long range, including hitting five three-pointers at New Hampshire. She also recorded seven steals and five assists on the week... Junior forward Julie Forster (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) averaged a double-double in the two games, racking up 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two games... Junior guard Ebone Henry (San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic) became the ninth player in program history - and just the second at the Division I level - to reach the 1,000-point plateau, as she scored 12 points at New Hampshire... Albany will return to action on Monday, hosting Boston U. for first place in the league standings... The Great Danes will also host Vermont on Thursday.

Binghamton (8-10, 2-3 AE) senior forward Viive Rebane (Talinn, Estonia/Audantes) became the third player in program history to reach the 800-rebound mark in the Bearcats' game against Hartford on Saturday. She needs 37 more rebounds to tie Alicia Brennan (1986-90) for second place all time in program history. Rebane leads the Bearcats with 8.1 rebounds per game this season... In scoring, Rebane has 1,053 points, which continues to rank 12th all time. In 11th place is Laura Sario (2004-08), with 1,088 points... Senior point guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn.) moved into third place all-time in scoring this past week. She currently has 1,364 points. Against Hartford on Wednesday, she passed current assistant coach Leah Truncale, who posted 1,341 points from 1998-02... Holmes also has 418 career assists, which ranks fifth all-time in program history. In fourth place is Kate Townley (2000-04) with 443 assists. Marlo Foley (1990-93) is in third place and Bess Greenberg (1997-01) is in second place.

Boston U. (11-6, 4-0 AE) defeated Maine 75-34 for its largest margin of victory since the 2008 season... The Terriers' 75 points matched Boston U.'s season high... Nine different players scored for the Terriers against Maine, with senior Alex Young (Hickory, N.C./St. Stephen's) leading the way with 22, including six made three-pointers... Maine's 34 points was the lowest point total Boston U. has held an opponent to this season... The Terriers shot 43.8 percent and 47.6 from beyond the arc while out-rebounding the Black Bears 40-33... Boston U. posted a season-best 20 assists against Maine and season-high 15 steals... Everyone on the active roster saw playing time against the Black Bears... Boston U. also defeated Stony Brook 69-34 and held its second-straight opponent to 34 points...The Terriers have now held three out of four America East opponents to under 50 points and are 5-0 when opponents score less than 50 points... Nine players scored again for the Terriers with Young leading the way with 15 points, all from beyond the arc...Everyone on the active roster played for second-straight game... The Terriers shot a season-high 51.8 percent and 50.0 percent from three-point range.

Hartford (10-8, 1-3 AE) rebounded from an 0-3 start in league play with a 22-point, 63-41, victory on the road at Binghamton in its only game last week... The Hawks' junior class was a major contributing force as it provided 46 of the Hawks' 63 total points. Nikkia Smith (Montville, Conn./Montville) led all players with 16 points, while Ruthanne Doherty (Richmond, Va./L.C. Bird) added 12 and Daphne Elliott (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) added 11 points... Smith also led the Hawks with eight rebounds... As a team, the Hawks finished with a 47.3 percent shooting performance (26-of-55), while committing just eight turnovers in the game, a season low... Defensively, the Hawks forced Binghamton into 16 turnovers, scoring 19 points off those miscues... Doherty led the team with four steals, while the team finished with 10 total... The Hawks will play three games in the week ahead, beginning with the second game in 48 hours as the Hawks take on the coaches' preseason favorite to win a conference championship, UMBC on Monday at 2:00 p.m... The Hawks will then host Maine on Thursday night (7 p.m.) before heading to Boston University for a Sunday (3 p.m.) match-up that will be a replay of last year's America East Championship game.

Maine (3-14, 0-4 AE) dropped a pair of conference games over the weekend, running its losing streak to 11 games as it has lost its last seven league games dating back to Feb. 23... Samantha Baranowski (Stanhope, N.J.) tallied her 500th career point on a first-half free-throw against Boston University. Baranowski reached the plateau in her 97th career game... Baranowski has netted double-figures in three out of four conference games as the senior tri-captain is averaging 10.8 points per game in league action, good for 13th in the conference... Brittany Williams (Rochester, N.Y.) is also netting double-figures in league play, averaging 10.0 points per game... Kelsey Mattice (Cicero, N.Y.) notched 10 points in the loss against Albany on Saturday, a career-high for the freshman and the first time she has scored in double-figures. With Mattice's 10 points, Maine has now had 11 different players lead them in scoring for at least one game, tops in the nation. The Black Bears also used their ninth different starting lineup on Saturday, tied for third in the nation in that stat... Williams has raised her minutes per game averaging to 30.1 as she has played the full 40 minutes in two of her last three games... The Black Bears begin a three-game week with a match-up with Vermont on Monday before traveling to battle Hartford on Thursday and Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon.

In their lone game of the week, the Retrievers (9-8, 3-1 AE) beat visiting Stony Brook 73-47 last Thursday at the RAC Arena… UMBC had five players score in double digits, led by senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) who netted a game-high 20 points… Junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) registered her first career double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds… Freshman point guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) just missed her second career double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine assists on the night… Senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and junior Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) added 14 points and 11 points, respectively… With her block in the second half against Stony Brook, senior Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) tied UMBC’s school record with her 132nd career block… Brown continues to lead the America East in scoring, putting in 15.9 points per game overall, and in conference play… Chase leads the conference, averaging 4.3 assists per game for the season, and 6.5 assists per league game… The Retrievers begin their busy three-game week with a Monday matinée contest, hosting Hartford at the RAC… Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.… UMBC then travels to Binghamton on Thursday, before heading to Vermont for a Sunday afternoon game.

UNH (9-7, 2-2 AE) split a pair of games last week, first falling to Albany 60-44 at home before picking up a 69-63 overtime road win over Vermont... Down by two against Vermont with the game on the line, senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) drained a pair of free throws with six seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Wildcats then opened overtime with 10 straight points, paving the way to victory. Beliveau finished with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) posted a team-high 16 points and added 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She shot 7-of-18 from the floor and added three blocks. Junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) also reached double-digits with 13 points in the contest. UNH grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds, the most by any team in the conference this season. As a team, the Wildcats shot 34.9 percent (22-63) from the floor and 82.2 percent (24-29) from the free throw line... Freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) was the lone bright spot in the team's loss to Albany as she scored a career-high 14 points... The Wildcats are 4-1 in games decided by five points or less and 2-0 in overtime this season... UNH plays three games next week, travelling to Boston U. (Jan. 19) in between home games against Stony Brook (Jan. 16) and Binghamton (Jan. 22).

The Seawolves (4-14, 1-4 AE) dropped games to UMBC and Boston University this week... The Seawolves have now lost four straight games after their three-game winning streak... Stony Brook jumped to a 24-14 lead against the Retrievers... SBU hit 10 of its first 15 shots... Junior Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) hit four threes in the game opening run. She finished with 17 points, one off a career high and tied a career high with five made threes... Stony Brook held UMBC to 26.9 percent shooting in the first half but the Retrievers shot 58 percent in the second half... Junior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y) had a career-high 12 rebounds on Saturday against Boston University. It was ninth time this season she has led the Seawolves in rebounding. It was also the second time this season she has reached double-figures in rebounding... Stony Brook travels to take on New Hampshire on Monday before hosting Maine on Saturday.

Vermont (8-10, 2-3 AE) went 1-1 on the week... The Catamounts defeated Binghamton 69-48 at Patrick Gymnasium... Lauren Buschmann (St. Catherines, Ontario/Governor Simcoe) scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and freshman Tierra Shumpert (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch) added a career-high 17 points off the bench... UVM suffered a 69-63 overtime loss to New Hampshire in the final game of the week... Buschmann posted her second straight double-double with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds... Shumpert came off the bench again and matched her career high with 17 points. She finished the week shooting 43.8 percent (7-for-16) from three-point range... Buschmann closed out the week averaging 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent from the field... Junior Shanai Heber (Patterson, N.J./Patterson Kennedy) grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and added seven assists against UNH... The last Catamount to grab 15 or more rebounds in a game was Courtnay Pilypaitis versus Albany on Jan. 10, 2010... Vermont plays three games this week, beginning Monday (Jan. 16, 6 p.m.) at Maine... UVM then travels to Albany on Thursday (Jan. 19, 7 p.m.) and hosts UMBC on Sunday (Jan. 22, 1 p.m.).