November 20, 2010

Women's Hoop Tips Off Wildcat Double Header Against Brown (Nov. 20)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will take on Brown at home, marking the 17th meeting between the two squads, in a series that dates back to the 1985-86 season. Despite Brown winning the first game of the all-time series, the Wildcats hold a 10-6 edge over the Bears, including a 6-1 mark at home. Brown has won the last two head-to-heads in the series, but prior to that streak, UNH had earned victories in the previous five contests. UNH's last win against Brown came in a 67-57 decision at Lundholm Gymnasim on Nov. 17 during the 2000-01 campaign.

SCOUTING BROWN (0-2, 0-0 IVY):

Brown University fell to Central Connecticut State, 52-44, at Detrick Gymnasium on Nov. 17 ... the loss dropped the Bears to 0-2 on the year ... sophomore Sheila Dixon earned her first collegiate double-double, tallying 10 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, and five steals in the loss ... Brown opened up the season with a 64-54 loss to Albany at the SEFCU Arena on Nov. 12 ... junior captain Aileen Daniels led the offensive attack with 15 points, while freshman Sophie Beutel cleaned up the boards bringing down a team-high 13 rebounds ... Brown finished the 2009-10 season 8-20 overall and 5-9 in conference play, rounding out the year with a sixth place finish in the Ivy League ... Brown returns seven letterwinners to the lineup, including two starters in junior Hannah Passafuime and sophomore Lindsay Nickel ... Passafuime currently leads the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and was named an All-Ivy League Honorable Mention coming into the season ... last year she led the team in scoring with 9.3 points per game, starting in 27 of 28 games ... Daniels ranked third on the team in scoring with 7.1 ppg, seeing action in all 28 games for the Bears.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-1, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team tallied its first win of the season, earning a 65-52 victory over Dartmouth College on Nov. 16 at Lundholm Gymnasium ... the win comes as the first of head coach Maureen Magarity's career ... it also snaps Dartmouth's five-game winning streak against the 'Cats, as UNH now holds a 17-15 mark all-time against the Big Green ... senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied a season-high 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the win ... McDonald was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, earning her third career double-double, finishing the night on 7-of-11 shooting ... she rounded out the contest with a pair of blocks, moving up to third all-time on UNH's career block list with 116 ... Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) finished the night with 15 points and a career-high seven assists ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists ... the Wildcats finished with a .519 (27-52 ) shooting clip on the night, marking the second straight game UNH has shot over 50 percent ... the 'Cats held the Big Green to 37.3 (19-51 ) percent shooting ... New Hampshire also outrebounded Dartmouth 38-28 ... in the game prior, UNH dropped a 99-48 decision to then 12th-ranked Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion ... New Hampshire finished the game with a .514 (19-37) shooting clip from the floor ... despite scoring just 12 points in the first half, the Wildcats picked up the pace in the second stanza, scoring 36 points on 70 percent shooting (14-20) ... sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in a team-best 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting ... Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) finished the game with eight points, four boards and two steals ... Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) also added eight points, along with three rebounds and three steals.

HOGAN KNOWS BEST

After sitting out the last two years due to injury, freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) stepped up in a big way for the Wildcats, tallying 15 points and a career-high seven assists against Dartmouth on Nov. 16. With her assist total, she becomes the first Wildcat to reach that mark since Amy Simpson did so last year against Stony Brook on Feb. 3. She currently leads the team with 10.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. 

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Maureen Magarity, who is the youngest Division I head coach in the country, achieved her first career win as a bench boss against Dartmouth on Nov. 16. In six years as an assistant with Army, Fairfield and Marist, she compiled a 106-73 (.592) record. In her most recent coaching stop at West Point, Magarity helped lead the Knights to a record of 72-48, including a program-best 24-win campaign during the 2006-07 season. In her first three years on the job, Army averaged 20 wins a season, the best three-year span in program history.

I'M LOVIN' IT

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) had a career night against Dartmouth on Nov. 16, posting 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The outing comes as McDonald's third double-double of her career, becoming the first player to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding since Candace Williams tallied 13 points and six rebounds against Hartford last season (Mar. 5). Additionally, it is the first time a Wildcat has pulled in 13 boards since Williams also did so last season against UMBC on Feb. 13. McDonald reached her previous career-high of 10 rebounds during the 2009-10 season on two occasions.

MOVIN' ON UP

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied two blocks against Dartmouth on Nov. 16, giving her 116 career blocks, a mark that ranks third all-time in program history. Last season she set UNH's single-season block record with 58, while also tying the program's single-game block record with seven. She finished the 2009-10 campaign with an average of 2.0 blocks per game, closing out the year notching a block in 22 of the last 24 games.

TORCHING THE NETS

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team shot 51.4 percent (19-37) against then 12th-ranked Notre Dame (Nov. 12) and 51.9 percent (27-52) against Dartmouth (Nov. 16), marking the first time the Wildcats have shot over 50 percent in back-to-back games since 2000. The last time UNH achieved the feat came against Holy Cross (Nov. 21) and Dartmouth (Nov. 25), posting shooting clips of .556 and .550, respectively.

REED IT AND WEEP

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in a team-best 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting against No. 12 Notre Dame on Nov. 12, reaching double-figure scoring for the third time in her career. The last time she scored in double-figures came against Albany (2/21/10) when she notched 11 points against the Great Danes.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS SPOTO TO FOLD WITH EARLY SIGNING

Head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff recently announced that Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program and attend the school next fall.

"We are excited about the addition of Stephanie for next season," said Magarity. "She is a tremendous athlete, a tough defender and a slasher on offense.  She will bring great energy and has significant upside."

Spoto, who is currently a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, was recently named to the All-Greater Rochester Second Team after a solid junior campaign for the Knights. She is also coming off a two-year stint in which she played AAU with the Crystal City Stars Girls National Basketball club team.

The 5-foot-11-inch wing ranked just outside of the top-50 in scoring for her division with 132 points during her sophomore year, leading Pittsford Sutherland to a 14-7 record, including a 9-2 mark in league play. She finished the year with 6.3 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game. As a freshman she was equally productive, posting 4.9 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

2010-11 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

University of New Hampshire women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff recently announced that senior Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

 "We are very proud of Jill and Denise and think they are both deserving of the title of captain this season," said Magarity. "We expect they will bring consistent leadership both on and off the court."

McDonald is fresh off her most impressive season in blue and white and looks ready to anchor the Wildcats in the paint this year. Playing in 29 games last season, she made the most her time on the floor, showing great strides of improvement from her sophomore campaign. McDonald set the UNH record for most blocks in a single-season with 58, while also ranking third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg).

Beliveau is coming off her first full season of action since 2007-08. After sitting out the 2008-09 season due to injury, she came back strong playing in 27 games, including 25 starts last year. She finished the year averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, totals that both ranked second on the team. Her defense didn't lack either, showcasing her skills as one of the team's best defenders, compiling a team-best 44 steals.

 

BELIVEAU NAMED TO AE PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

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

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.

LAST TIME OUT

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied a season-high 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, leading the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 65-52 victory over Dartmouth College Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the win the Wildcats improve to 1-1 on the young season, while the Big Green drop to 0-2. The win snaps Dartmouth's five-game winning streak against the 'Cats, as UNH now holds a 17-15 mark all-time against the Big Green. The win also comes as the first of head coach Maureen Magarity's career.

McDonald was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, earning her third double-double of her career, finishing the night on 7-of-11 shooting. She rounded out the contest with a pair of blocks, moving up to third all-time on UNH's career block list with 116.

The Wildcats opened up things up scoring the first two baskets of the game with Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) each dropping in a layup to jump ahead 4-0 in the opening moments of the contest.

Faziah Steen snapped the scoreless streak for Dartmouth with a jumper at 18:06, but UNH responded piling on the points, as four Wildcats scored over a span of five minutes, posting a 14-8 lead on the Big Green with 13:45 remaining in the first frame.

Dartmouth was able to cut the score down to two points in the next minute, but New Hampshire built its lead up to 11 points, posting a 15-6 run, with Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) notching a pair of jumpers to cap off the streak, putting the 'Cats up 29-18 with 5:38 remaining in the first half.

The Big Green came back with a 6-2 run, cutting the score to 31-24 in favor of the home team, but the 'Cats were able to close out the first frame with a 6-3 run, as McDonald put the team on her back burying a pair of jumpers to give New Hampshire a 37-27 lead at the break.

The two squads would trade blows in the early going of the second stanza, but the Wildcats picked up the pace midway through the half, firing off a 10-2 run, capped with a 3-pointer by Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) that gave the home team its biggest lead of the night with a 59-40 advantage with 9:06 remaining.

Dartmouth responded stringing off seven unanswered points over 3:18, but it was too late for the Big Green, as New Hampshire was able to hold onto the victory in the closing moments of the contest.

Hogan finished the night with 15 points, a career-high seven assists, and four boards. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Steen led the visitors with a game-high 17 points, two assists and two steals.

2010-11 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

University of New Hampshire women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff recently announced that senior Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

 "We are very proud of Jill and Denise and think they are both deserving of the title of captain this season," said Magarity. "We expect they will bring consistent leadership both on and off the court."

McDonald is fresh off her most impressive season in blue and white and looks ready to anchor the Wildcats in the paint this year. Playing in 29 games last season, she made the most her time on the floor, showing great strides of improvement from her sophomore campaign. McDonald set the UNH record for most blocks in a single-season with 58, while also ranking third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg).

Beliveau is coming off her first full season of action since 2007-08. After sitting out the 2008-09 season due to injury, she came back strong playing in 27 games, including 25 starts last year. She finished the year averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, totals that both ranked second on the team. Her defense didn't lack either, showcasing her skills as one of the team's best defenders, compiling a team-best 44 steals.

BELIVEAU NAMED TO AE PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

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

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.

WOMEN'S HOOP SETS SIGHTS HIGH HEADING INTO 2010-11

It's all about new beginnings for head coach Maureen Magarity and the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program.

Entering her first year at the helm, Magarity kicks off the 2010-11 campaign with a wealth of talent and the chance for the team to make its mark. With a number of experienced players returning from last year's squad, as well as the addition of high-impact newcomers, the Wildcats are primed to make a run at a wide-open America East conference.

Despite losing a number of key players from last year's senior class, the Wildcats are led by a pair of experienced veterans in center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and forward Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.), both of whom are ready to pave the way for UNH's young squad.

McDonald is fresh off her most impressive season in blue and white and looks ready to anchor the Wildcats in the paint this year. Playing in 29 games last season, she made the most of her time on the floor, showing great strides of improvement from her sophomore campaign. McDonald set the UNH record for most blocks in a single-season with 58, while also ranking third on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg).

Early should also give New Hampshire a solid post presence after serving as a valued role player last season. Playing in 15 games off the bench, Early scored in six games, while chipping in 3.4 minutes per contest.

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) adds to UNH's firepower coming off her first full season of action since 2007-08. After sitting out the 2008-09 season due to injury, Beliveau came back strong playing in 27 games, including 25 starts last year. She finished the year averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, totals that both ranked second on the team. Her defense didn't lack either, showcasing her skills as one of the team's best defenders, compiling a team-best 44 steals.

Junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) should also bolster the frontcourt after seeing action in 19 games last year. She finished the season averaging 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 points per game. Proving to be a solid presence in the paint, Flynn set UNH's single-game block record with seven swats against Stony Brook (2/3). She also set career-highs in points (16) and rebounds (13) on the year against Albany (1/22) and Dartmouth (1/19), respectively.

UNH will also lean on newcomer Bridgette McKnight (East, Norriton, Pa.) for production down low. McKnight comes to UNH after posting more than 600 points and 700 rebounds at the Peddie School, where she played in 103 of 105 games for her career as a four-year starter for the Falcons. In her stint at Peddie, McKnight was named both Second Team and Third Team All-Prep, twice. She helped lead the Falcons to an 88-17 record, on their way to winning four NJIAA Prep A State Championships and four Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles. The Falcons were also nationally ranked three out of her four years and were ranked in the Top 25 by ESPN and USA Today during her senior season.

The 'Cats will also draw strength from an experienced group of guards, as they bolster an immense amount of talent and depth in the backcourt.

Junior Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) is expected to anchor the load, as she looks ready to assume the role of a go-to option on offense after starting in all 31 games last year. Ranking fourth on the team in scoring, Wells finished the 2009-10 campaign with an average of 6.7 points per game. She emerged as a 3-point assassin, knocking down the second-most trifectas on the squad, while also ranking 10th in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.323).

Also competing for playing time at the guard spot is sophomore Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) who saw action in 17 games last year. Seeing limited playing time as a freshman, Friel made the most of her opportunities, notching a career-high nine points on 3-of-4 shooting against Boston University (1/28) in extensive action. The impressive performance marked just the second time in her career she tallied three 3-pointers in a game.

After missing the entire 2009-10 season, sophomore Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) returns to the hardwood looking to make the same type of impact she had as the team's starting point guard as a freshman.

During that season she started in all 31 games, posting an average of 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and a team-best 3.0 assists per game. The combo-guard didn't fall short defensively either, as she led the team in steals with 35 and chipped in with six blocks.

Sophomore Jackie Lyons (Reading, Mass.) should also help provide some stability at the point guard position after playing in 11 games off the bench last season. Backing up 1,000-point scorer Amy Simpson, Lyons saw limited action, but put together a solid effort against Binghamton (1/24) tallying two points, one rebound, one assist, and one steal.

Sophomore Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y) also figures to compete for a good chunk of minutes in the backcourt. The outside gunner saw action in 27 games, including two starts, leading all Wildcat freshmen with 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Additionally, she finished with the second-best 3-point field goal percentage on the team, posting a .358 clip (19-of-53) from deep.

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) should also provide stability within the rotation, after sitting out the last two years with season-ending injuries. Starting in the three games she appeared in as a true freshman, she averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. The freshman's best game came against Bryant (11/14) when she notched a career-high 20 points and eight rebounds against the Bulldogs.

Freshman Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) will also be in the mix to see some action after playing in the European Basketball College Exposure Camp earlier this year in Bonn, Germany. Last season she played for the German National U20/21 Team, averaging 6.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest in nine games, while posting a 58.3 percent shooting clip from the floor. She has played with the European Championship squad each of the last three years, posting 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in that span. She helped lead the national team to a 13th-place finish in the European Championships last season.

With a solid group of core players, increased depth and a load of young talent, the Wildcats have set themselves up not only for a successful campaign in 2010-11 but to become a top contender in the America East for many years to come.

 
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