SPRINGFIELD, MASS.Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman forward for the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Year for her impressive performances this season for the Wildcats. The award was given out at the 2008 America East women’s basketball banquet held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

        With the honor, Beliveau becomes only the third player in UNH history to win Rookie of the Year and the first since 1990. In addition, she was also named to the America East All-Rookie team, making her the second Wildcat to do so in as many years, as Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) made the team last season.

        Over the course of the season, the freshman sensation garnered a total of five America East Rookie of the Week awards on the year. With that milestone, Beliveau joins exclusive company as only 14 players in the history of America East have won more Rookie of the Week honors.

        On the season, Beliveau averaged 10.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, which tops the America East freshmen class. In addition, her rebound total (169) and assist total (54) rank second on the team. However, Beliveau has been just as productive on the defensive end as she has collected a team-high 54 steals on the year. She recorded a career-high 22 points en route to her first collegiate double-double (22p, 10r) at Northeastern (Dec. 15). The forward tallied 18 points against three different America East opponents, including a double-double (18p, 11r) at Binghamton (Jan. 19)

        Beliveau and her teammates will begin the America East tournament on Friday, Mar. 14 when they play No. 2-seeded Vermont. Tip off at Hartford’s Chase Arena is at noon. 


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