Friday's matchup between New Hampshire and Manhattan College will mark the fifth meeting all-time between both teams, with the last matchup coming on Nov. 22, 2002. The Wildcats got the best of the Jaspers in that contest, earning a 47-43 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. Manhattan won the two prior meetings, with its most recent victory coming on Nov. 27, 2001 at Draddy Gymnasium. The Wildcats claimed the first win in the all-time series, earning a 79-61 victory over the Jaspers on March 12, 1983 in an ECAC Tournament matchup at Lundholm Gymnasium.
SCOUTING MANHATTAN (3-2, 0-0 MAAC):
Last time out Manhattan College earned a 62-48 victory over NJIT at Draddy Gymnasium on Dec. 1 ... Maggie Blair finished with a career-high 18 points ... Blair led three Lady Jaspers in double figures, as Abby Wentworth tallied 16 points and Nadia Peters notched 10 points ... Wentworth finished just shy of a double-double, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds to go along with a career-high six assists and three steals ... the Lady Jaspers outrebounded the Highlanders 39-38 ... Peters added seven boards, two blocks and four steals, while Toni-Ann Lawrence contributed eight points and eight rebounds off the bench ... Manhattan shot 32 percent (16-for-50) from the field, 33.3 percent (5-for-15) from three-point land, and 80.6 percent (25-for-31) at the charity stripe ... Manhattan didn't trail in a game for the first time this season ... the Lady Jaspers held their opponent under 50 points for the third time this season ... thirteen of the Lady Jaspers' 16 field goals were assisted ... Wentworth previously had five assists on six separate occasions, including the season-opening victory over St. Francis (NY) on Nov. 12 ... the win was Manhattan's second straight after starting the season 1-2 ... in the game prior, the Lady Jaspers took out Columbia, 65-56, at Draddy Gymnasium on Nov. 23.
Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in 10 points against Syracuse (Nov. 29), marking the second straight game she has notched double-digit points. In the game prior, Beliveau had a breakout game against Holy Cross (Nov. 23), finishing with season-highs in points (16), rebounds (13), assists (4), and steals (3). Her 16 points and 13 rebounds earned the forward her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career. After notching multiple steals in 13 games last year, it was also the first time she tallied multiple steals in a game this season.
Junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) ranks fifth in the America East in blocked shots with an average of 1.2 per game. Flynn notched a season-high three blocks against Syracuse (Nov. 29), giving her a team-best six on the season. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 3.8 per game.
Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks fourth in the America East in field goal percentage, shooting a .516 clip (16-31) from the floor. In her most recent action, she posted 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Syracuse (Nov. 29). She has scored in double-figures twice this season, with her other double-digit outing coming against Dartmouth when she tallied a season-high 15 points.
UNH ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 45-of-61 shots (.738) from the line. Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and freshman guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) rank first (1.000, 8-8) and second (.900, 9-10) in free throw percentage for the Wildcats, respectively. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has knocked down 10-of-12 (.833) from the stripe this season, a total that ranks fifth in the America East.
Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.0 assists per game, ranking third in the America East. In total she has tallied 20 assists on the year, with her most impressive effort coming against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) when she posted a career-high seven assists. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in assists with an average of 13.0 per game.
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 five times in her career, including three times this season.
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.
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.
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. McDonald reached her previous career-high of 10 rebounds during the 2009-10 season on two occasions.
Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has tallied four blocks this season, giving her 118 career blocks, a mark that currently 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.
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. UNH ranks second in the America East in field goal percentage this season with a .408 shooting clip (104-255).
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.
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.
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 Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) recorded 11 points and seven rebounds, and junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) posted 10 points, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team came up short against Syracuse University, 87-46, Monday evening at the Carrier Dome.
New Hampshire kicked off the game with an edge on Syracuse, posting a 9-3 run that gave the 'Cats a 16-11 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first frame. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) ignited the stretch, banging in a 3-pointer from the left wing at 14:31, while Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and McDonald would add trifectas of their own along the way to put UNH on top.
The Orange would strike back pouring in 13 unanswered points over a span of 4:11, capped off with a 3-pointer by Erica Morrow that gave the home team a 24-16 edge with 9:35 remaining in the first frame.
McDonald ended the run for New Hampshire, sinking a leaner in the paint, cutting the score to 24-18 at 8:38. However, the spark wasn't enough to give UNH an edge the rest of the way, as Syracuse posted a 13-5 run to close out the first frame, giving the Orange a 42-23 advantage at the break.
SU would continue to build its lead in the opening moments of the second stanza, stringing together six unanswered, with three different players scoring for the Orange, setting the score at 48-23 with 17:19 to play.
Beliveau would sink a three, halting UNH's scoreless streak, as the two squads would exchange baskets with one another for the next five minutes. After the brief back-and-forth battle, Syracuse responded posting 10 unanswered on its way to putting together a 17-4 run, giving the home team a 76-38 edge with 7:05 remaining.
Hogan followed up draining a trifecta from the top of the key, but the 'Cats would be held scoreless for the next two minutes following the basket, as the Orange dropped in eight points to hold onto the lead in the final minutes of the contest.
Kayla Alexander led Syracuse with 24 points, four boards, four blocks and three steals. She finished the night 9-of-12 from the floor, including 6-for-7 from the free throw line.