October 13, 2010

BELIVEAU NAMED TO AMERICA EAST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program was named to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team by the conference Thursday afternoon.

Beliveau is coming off her first full season of action since 2007-08 when she tabbed as the America East Rookie of the Year and was named to the conference's All-Rookie team. Playing in 28 of 29 contests, Beliveau averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, both top marks among the conference's freshmen.

Rebounding from an ACL injury that sidelined the forward the entire 2008-09 season, Beliveau came back strong last year playing in 27 games, including 25 starts. She finished the season averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, totals that ranked second on the team. She also proved to be deadly from beyond the arc, netting the most 3-pointers on the team, finishing 34-of-110 (.309) for the year.

Her defense didn't lack either, showcasing her skills as one of the team's best defenders, compiling a team-best 44 steals. Tallying multiple steals in 13 games, Beliveau tied her career-high with five steals against Seton Hall (12/3); marking the third time she has reached that mark in her UNH career.

New Hampshire, which was tabbed ninth in the America East preseason poll, will open its season against Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion on Friday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m.
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