November 23, 2010

Women's Hoop Kicks Off Road Stretch Against Holy Cross (Nov. 23)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

Tuesday's matchup marks the 20th meeting all-time between New Hampshire and Holy Cross. The Crusaders hold a 12-7 record in the series, with their most recent victory coming in a 87-60 decision on Nov. 21, 2000 at the Hart Center. UNH's first matchup against Holy Cross came on Feb. 15, 1983, which resulted in a 69-57 Wildcat victory. In the last six meetings between the two squads, Holy Cross has a 4-2 record against New Hampshire. However, the Wildcats controlled the series in the first five meetings, posting a 4-1 record, including four straight wins.

SCOUTING HOLY CROSS (1-3, 0-0 PATRIOT):

Last time out Holy Cross dropped a 67-36 decision to Fordham University at the Rose Hill Gym on Nov. 20 ... with the loss the Crusaders dropped to 1-3 on the season ... junior captain Meredith Ward led all scorers with 10 points, going 5-for-8 from the floor ... Christine Ganser grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the loss ... Holy Cross shot 27.8 percent (15-for-54), while Fordham shot 42.9 percent (24-for-56) ... the Rams also held a 45-29 edge in rebounding ... sophomore forward Amy Lepley has recorded two double-doubles this season, including an 18-point, 11-rebound outing against Yale and a 13-point, 12-rebound effort against Quinnipiac ... her 12 rebounds against Quinnipiac were a career-high ... senior forward Whitney Fremeau poured in a career-high 20 points in the team's 72-60 win over Quinnipiac on Nov. 17 ... She is shooting 38.1 percent from the floor (16-for-42), paired with an average of four assists per game, totals that both rank eighth in the Patriot League ... Holy Cross was picked to finish fifth in the 2010-2011 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 42 votes ... the Crusaders finished last year with a 10-21 record, including a 5-9 mark in conference play.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-2, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team finished its second week of action 1-1, with a win over Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and a loss to Brown (Nov. 20) … the Wildcats tallied their first win of the season, earning a 65-52 victory over Dartmouth College 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 7-of-11 from the floor ... 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 ... in the game prior, UNH dropped a 66-54 decision to Brown University at Lundholm Gymnasium ... sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, including 11 in the second half … the Wildcats drop just their second game all-time to the Bears on their home court, as they are now 6-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium against Brown … Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds … Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) chipped in with 10 points, three boards and three assists.

REED IT AND WEEP

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, scoring 11 in the second half against Brown on Nov. 20. Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds. Reed delivered her 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers along the way. She has scored in double-figures four times in her career, including twice this season. In her other double-digit outing this year, she dropped in a team-best 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting against then 12th-ranked Notre Dame on Nov. 12. Prior to that, the last time she scored in double-figures came against Albany (2/21/10) when she notched 11 points against the Great Danes.

WELL DONE

Starting in every game this season, freshman Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) has emerged as one of the top newcomers for UNH, posting 8.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. Her point total ranks third on the squad, notching a season-high of 10 against Brown on Nov. 20. She rounded out the contest with three boards and three assists. She also had a solid outing against then 12th-ranked Notre Dame (Nov. 12) tallying eight points and four boards. In addition, she has been stellar from the charity stripe, ranking second in the America East conference in free throw percentage with a .900 shooting clip (9-10) from the line.

NOW BOARDING

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) is off to a fast start cleaning the glass for New Hampshire this season, ranking fifth in the America East conference with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game. Tallying no less than five rebounds in any contest this season, she had her most impressive outing against Dartmouth (Nov. 16), ripping down a career-high 13 boards. Last season, McDonald finished with an average of 4.6 rebounds, reaching double-digit boards twice.

EFFICIENT 'CATS

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) are currently tied for fourth in the America East conference in field goal percentage, shooting 50 percent from the floor. McDonald is 9-for-18 from the field, while Reed is 11-for-22, including 3-for-9 (.333) from beyond the arc. Last season, McDonald led the 'Cats with a .488 (117-240) shooting clip, while Reed had the highest field goal percentage amongst Wildcat freshmen, finishing with a .375 shooting clip (33-of-88), including a team-best 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from deep.

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 (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 9.7 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.0 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 Wildcat to pull in 13 boards since Candace Williams also did so last season against UMBC (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.

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.

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

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, scoring 11 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to propel the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to victory, falling to Brown University, 66-54, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire falls to 1-2 on the season, while Brown improves to 1-2. The Wildcats drop just their second game all-time to the Bears on their home court, as they are now 6-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium against Brown.

Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds. Reed delivered her 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers along the way.

Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) chipped in with 10 points, three boards and three assists. Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) added nine points, four assists and three rebounds.

Brown outshot UNH 45.5 percent (25-55) to 34 percent (18-53) in the contest. The Bears were just as hot from beyond the arc, posting a .571 shooting clip (8-14), while the Wildcats finished with a .238 shooting clip (5-21) from deep.

Holy Cross kicked off the game with a 22-7 run that lasted 11 minutes, capped off with a 3-pointer by Lindsay Steele, with four different Wildcats scoring along the way. Steele dropped in seven points on the run for the visitors.

New Hampshire responded with an 8-4 run of its own, with Reed and Hogan both knocking down 3-pointers to cut Brown's lead to 11, setting the score at 26-15 with 4:38 remaining in the first frame.

The Bears came back with a pair of trifectas, as Hannah Passafuime and Lindsay Nickel each tallied a trey just over a minute apart, building their lead up to its largest margin of the contest, with a 32-15 advantage with 3:37 left in the first stanza. Brown carried its lead into the second half, holding a 35-24 edge at the break.

Reed helped UNH get back on track at the start of the second frame, dropping in a layup and a trifecta to cut Brown's advantage down to six points. The two squads would trade buckets for the next 8:22, until Brown strung off an 8-2 run, giving the Bears a 54-40 edge with 7:19 remaining.

Hogan gave the Wildcats hope of a comeback, sparking an 8-4 scoring stretch, knocking down one-of-two free throws from the stripe at 7:00. Hogan canned four points on the run, while two other Wildcats scored along the way.

However, hope of a comeback was short lived, as Passafuime dropped in a pair of free throws, sparking a streak of seven unanswered points in just over a minute, sealing the victory for Brown.

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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