Women's Basketball Set to Host Quinnipiac (Dec. 22)

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THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup marks the fourth meeting all-time between New Hampshire and Quinnipiac. The Bobcats hold a 3-0 record in the series, with their most recent victory coming in a 68-54 decision on Nov. 29, 2009. UNH's first matchup against Quinnipiac came on Dec. 3, 2003, which resulted in a 82-76 Bobcats win.

SCOUTING QUINNIPIAC (3-6, 1-0 NEC):

Last time out Quinnipiac University fell to Yale University, 74-68, on Dec. 20 ... Felicia Barron and Courtney Kaminski each scored 16 points in the game ... Jacinda Dunbar led the Bobcats with a game-high 10 rebounds, while also adding nine points ... Quinnipiac shot 47.2 percent from the floor ... The Bobcats outshot the Bulldogs from the field, 52.2 to 33.3 percent in the first half ... The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Bobcats ... Quinnipiac started the season 0-5 ... The Bobcats are 3-1 at home and 0-4 on the road this season ... Barron leads the team in scoring with an average of 12.6 points per game ... She also leads the team in assists with an average of 4.1 per game ... Brittany McQuain leads the team in rebounding, pulling in 5.9 boards per game ... The Bobcats finished last season with a 12-18 record, including a 7-11 mark in conference play.

THE BIG THREE

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 11), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 10) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 10) all scored in double-figures against CCSU (Dec. 19), marking the first time three Wildcats have reached this milestone this season. The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Binghamton (Feb. 25) last season when Candace Williams (18), Beliveau (11) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 10) all scored in double-digits.

BENCHMARK

Over the course of the last two games the Wildcats have scored a combined 42 points off the bench, marking the best two-game stretch the reserves have had this season. In that span, the 'Cats tallied a season-best 26 points against Harvard (Dec. 10) and 16 points against CCSU (Dec. 19).

CAREER NIGHT

Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tied a career high with 13 points in 25 minutes off the bench against Harvard on Dec. 10. She finished 4-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from downtown. The last time she reached her career high in scoring came on Feb. 1, 2008 against Vermont. Her three trifectas also tied a career high, marking just the second time she has reached that milestone in her career.

MAKING IT COUNT

UNH ranks second in the America East in field goal percentage this season with a .389 shooting clip (157-404). Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the 'Cats with a 42.9 (24-56) shooting percentage, ranking seventh in the conference.

FROM LONG RANGE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) drilled a career-high three trifectas against Manhattan College (Dec. 3), going 3-for-5 from downtown, marking just the second time in her career she has achieved that feat. The last time she reached the mark came last season against Albany (Feb. 21) when she posted 11 points, sinking 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Last season she finished with the second-best 3-point field goal percentage on the team, posting a .358 clip (19-of-53) from deep.

RAZZLE DAZZLE

After coming off the bench much of last season, sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) has stepped up in a big way for UNH this year. Starting in six of eight games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.6 rpg). She has scored in double-digits in four of her last six games. She has tallied double-figures seven times in her career, including five times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in 10 points against CCSU (Dec. 19), marking the fifth straight game she has notched double-digit points. In that span, she reached her season high of 16 points against Holy Cross (Nov. 23) and Harvard (Dec. 10). Her 16 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders earned the forward her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career.

BLOCK PARTY

Junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) and senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and rank fifth (9) and sixth (8) in the America East in blocked shots, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 3.6 per game.

CHARITY DRIVE

UNH ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 80-of-115 shots (.696) from the line. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) leads the 'Cats with a .893 clip (25-28) from the stripe this season, a total that ranks second in the America East.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.2 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. She has led the team in assists in seven of the eight games she has appeared in this season. In total she has tallied 34 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 11.6 per game.

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.

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.

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. 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.) has tallied eight blocks this season, giving her 122 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in each of the last three games. 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

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

Three Wildcats scored in double-digits for the first time this season, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Central Connecticut State University, 61-48, Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) led all UNH scorers with 11 points, adding five boards and five assists. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered 10 points and eight rebounds. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers with 10 points and six boards.

Kerrianne Dugan notched a career-high 26 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Devils.

With the loss the Wildcats fall to 1-7 on the season, while the Blue Devils snap a two-game losing streak, improving to 6-2.

Central Connecticut kicked off the afternoon with five unanswered points, piecing together a 9-2 run, as Kirsten Daamen sank a layup at 15:19 to cap off the stretch, giving the home team the early edge.

New Hampshire battled back trading baskets with CCSU for the next 5:28, until the Wildcats caught fire stringing together an 11-2 run, jumping ahead 22-18 with 6:35 remaining in the first frame.

Hogan put the 'Cats on her back, pouring in seven points during the stretch, including a three pointer from the top of the key that gave UNH its first lead of the contest. On the ensuing possession Reed added a trifecta of her own, pushing New Hampshire's lead to four to cap off the stretch.

Brooke Bailey would help the Blue Devils get back on track when she sank a jumper that set off a 6-1 run, helping the home team take a 24-23 lead with 4:48 remaining in the frame.

UNH would control the pace the rest of the way, outscoring CCSU 13-8 to close out the first half. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) got things started as she banked in a layup to take back the lead and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) added a baseline 3-pointer off a swing pass by Hogan on the ensuing possession to put the visitors up 28-24 at 4:08.

CCSU would come back and score six points in the last 2:38, but Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) helped preserve the lead, receiving an inbound pass under the basket and muscling her way to the hoop for a tough one-handed jumper in the lane with 1:09 remaining. On the ensuing possession she was it again, taking her defender off the dribble and slashing to the middle for a free throw line jumper that gave UNH a 36-32 edge at the break.

Despite being down at the half, the Blue Devils kicked off the second frame with eight unanswered, taking back the lead with a 40-36 advantage with 14:52 left in regulation.

However, New Hampshire came back strong with a 9-3 run, as Beliveau sparked the stretch with a pair of free throws at 14:25. On the ensuing possession, McDonald delivered with a layup and Reed quickly followed with a jumper in the lane off an inbound pass from Hogan that put the 'Cats up 42-41 with 12:25 remaining.

Following UNH's run, the Blue Devils fired back with eight unanswered, part of an 18-3 run by the home team to close out the contest. The Wildcats did not register a field goal for the last 7:35 of the game, as CCSU was able to hold on in the closing moments of the action.
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