January 17, 2011

Women's Basketball Rounds out Homestand against Vermont (Jan. 17)

GAME NOTES (PDF)


THE MATCHUP

Monday's matchup between New Hampshire and the University of Vermont marks the 65th meeting between both teams. Vermont leads the all-time series 36-28. The Catamounts have won 11 straight against the Wildcats, including their most recent victory, a 78-64 decision at Patrick Gymnasium on Jan. 31, 2010.

SCOUTING VERMONT (1-16, 1-3 AE):

Last time out the University of Vermont (1-16, 1-3 AE) fell to UMBC, 69-54, at the RAC Arena on Jan. 15 ... Tonya Young led the Catamounts with 25 points, 17 coming in the second half ... She also chipped in five rebounds and played all 40 minutes ... Young reached 20-plus points for the second straight game, earning America East Player of the Game honors in the loss ... Lauren Buschmann added nine points and eight rebounds ... The Catamounts earned their first win of the season against Stony Brook (Jan. 12) in a 57-49 decision at Patrick Gymnasium ... Prior to the win, Vermont had opened the season on a 15-game losing steak ... UVM is allowing just 59.8 points per games to league opponents as opposed to 70.8 mark against non-conference foes ... Vermont has 26 steals in four league games, compared to 26 in 13 non-league match ups ... The Catamounts own a +6.4 rebounding margin against America East foes, compared to a -4.5 margin against non-conference opponents ... Young ranks second in the America East in scoring since the start of conference play with an average of 17.8 points per game ... She is averaging a team-best 10.2 points per game this season ... In UVM's win over SBU, Young and Buschmann combined for 36 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Catamounts to victory ... The win was head coach Lori Gear McBride's first career victory at the helm of the Catamounts ... Young scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half ... She was named America East Player of the Game for UVM ... Vermont extended its win streak to seven games over Stony Brook … The Seawolves' last win at Patrick Gymnasium was on Jan. 24, 2007 (72-71).

20-20 VISION

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tallied 21 and 20 points, respectively, against Stony Brook (Jan. 15) becoming the first pair of 'Cats to score 20-plus points in a game since the 2008-09 campaign. Candace Williams (26) and Amy Simpson (21) last achieved the feat on Jan. 24, 2009 against the Seawolves. Earlier this season, Beliveau (25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), and Reed (21) all scored 20-plus points, becoming the first trio of Wildcats to achieve this milestone in over 10 years.

BOARDING PASS

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled down 10 rebounds against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), giving her 465 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 127 rebounds, averaging 7.9 per game, ranking fourth in the America East. 

TWICE AS NICE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) matched career highs with 21 points and nine boards against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), earning America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire. She rounded out the afternoon with three assists and one steal. She finished 8-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. She last achieved these career bests against Rhode Island on Jan. 1 (21 points) and Binghamton on Jan. 9 (nine rebounds).

A HALF TO REMEMBER

New Hampshire posted a season-best 42 first half points against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), propelling the Wildcats to a 75-68 win over the Seawolves, earning their first conference win of the year. UNH shot 51.7 percent (15-29) from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-14) from three, and an impressive 100 percent (6-6) from the foul line during the stanza.

DOING IT ALL

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) finished with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards against Stony Brook (Jan. 15). It is the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit points. Additionally, her six assists are just two shy of a career high and one short of a season best.

HOT HAND

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), notching her second straight double-double of the season. Beliveau, who earns her fourth double-double in the last six games, finished 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep, and an impressive 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. She has registered 10 double-doubles in her career, including a season-best six this year. Over the course of the last six games, Beliveau is averaging 17.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

THREEFOLD

Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 21), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 20), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 16) all scored in double-figures against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), marking the fourth time this season three 'Cats have scored in double-digits in a game. Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, netting her 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

MAKING HER MARK

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched one steal against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), giving her 118 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 19 steals this season, averaging 1.2 per game. Last season she registered a team-best 44 steals, with an average of 1.6 per game.

DOUBLE DOWN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, earning her fifth double-double of the season against Hartford (Jan. 12). Beliveau, who notched her ninth career double-double in the contest, took home America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, rounding out the evening with three assists and two steals. She finished the contest 7-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-4 from deep, and a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

MAKE IT RAIN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tallied a pair of 3-pointers against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), giving her 91 3-point field goals in her career. The impressive total ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she has notched 27 3-point field goals on 69 tries, posting a shooting clip of .391

LENDING A HELPING HAND

Junior guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tied a career high with five assists against Binghamton (Jan. 9), marking the second time she has reached that mark in her career. Wells last reached five assists against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 10, 2009. She ranks third on the team with 27 helpers, averaging 1.6 per game.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in free throw percentage (3rd), scoring (3rd), rebounding (4th), 3-point field goal percentage (6th), and field goal percentage (8th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 14.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.9 percent (66-154) from the field, 39.1 percent (27-69) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 81.5 percent (66-81) from the charity stripe.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded season highs of nine points and 10 rebounds against Boston University (Jan. 6). Flynn recorded her previous season high in both categories against Quinnipiac (Dec. 29) when she notched seven points and eight rebounds.

TURNING UP THE HEAT

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) earned her second straight double-double, notching 19 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against Albany (Jan. 4). Beliveau earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, tallying her 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. It is her fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of her career. In the previous contest she scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against URI (Jan. 1).

NOW BOARDING

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds against Albany (Jan. 4), marking the second straight game she had notched double-digit rebounds. She is the first Wildcat to compile 15-plus rebounds in a game since Candace Williams notched 16 boards against Morehead State on Dec. 29, 2008. Her previous career high of 14 came against Harvard on Nov. 24, 2009. In the game prior, she grabbed 10 boards against Rhode Island (Jan. 1).

IN THE CLUTCH

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned an 88-74 win over Rhode Island (Jan. 1), in the first triple-overtime game in program history. The game, which was the team's first overtime contest this season, was also its first win in extended play since defeating Harvard, 78-65, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 24, 2009.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 25 pts, 10 rbs) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22 pts, 12 rbs) both registered double-doubles against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). With their impressive outings, they became the first pair of 'Cats to notch double-doubles in the same game since Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.; 17 pts, 10 rbs) and Candace Williams (19 pts, 11 rbs) did so against UMBC on Feb. 8, 2009.

TRIPLE TROUBLE

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 2nd), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 5th), and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 6th) all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .410 (25-61) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference, while Reed (.392; 31-79) and Beliveau (.391; 27-69) rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

HOT STREAK

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) registered her second straight double-double, establishing a career high with 22 points and 12 boards against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). She reached her impressive point total on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, a total that was also a career best. The mark comes as her third double-double of the season and the fifth of her career.

FOUR OF A KIND

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 21), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 10) all scored in double-digits against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), marking the first time four Wildcats scored in double-figures since Feb. 21, 2010 against Albany. In that outing, McDonald (16), Beliveau (15), Reed (11), and Candace Williams (11) all registered double-digit points.

KNOCKING THE BOTTOM OUT

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) had a stellar outing against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), notching her third double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She reached the mark on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 shooting from deep. She also knocked down a career-best 10-of-14 shots from the charity stripe, marking the third time she has reached that milestone in her career. Additionally, she becomes the first 'Cat to tally 25-plus points in a game since Candace Williams (26) did so against Stony Brook on Jan. 24, 2009.

GET THAT OUTTA HERE

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) notched a season-high five blocks against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). She has registered multiple blocks in seven of the last 12 games. She has tallied multiple blocks seven times this year and leads New Hampshire with 23 swats on the season.

SUPERSIZED EFFORT

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) earned All-Tournament Team honors after a stellar performance at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic (Dec. 28-29). In the two-game stretch she averaged an impressive 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game. She kicked off the tournament tying her career-high with 19 points, while also registering four boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals against St. Joseph's University. She capped off the tournament with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Quinnipiac University.

DIME DROPPER

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied a career-best eight assists against St. Joseph's University on Dec. 28 in the first round of the 20th Annual Hawk Classic. She is the first Wildcat to reach this impressive mark since Amy Simpson did so last season against Maine on Feb. 16. She reached her previous career high of seven assists twice this season.

BREAKOUT

Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) tallied a season-best 11 points against Quinnipiac University in the second round of the 20th Annual Hawk Classic on Dec. 29. She reached the mark on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc. It was the second time she has notched double-digit points this season, with her other double-figure outing coming against Brown on Nov. 20 when she finished with 10 points.

DOING WELLS

Making her first start of the season, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) made the most of the opportunity, notching a career-high 18 points against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22). Her impressive outing came on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 from deep. Her four 3-point field goals were also a career best. She tied her previous career high of 13 points this season against Harvard on Dec. 10, a mark she has reached twice in her career.

THREE PARTY

New Hampshire hit a season-best 50 percent from beyond the arc against Quinnipiac University on Dec. 22, reaching the mark hitting 12 three-point field goals on 24 tries. The 'Cats surpassed their season high with 13 three-point field goals on 28 attempts (.464) against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). The impressive total was just one short of the program record, as Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 5), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 3), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 3), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 2) all tallied multiple threes in the contest.

FROM LONG RANGE

UNH ranks first in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage (.368), knocking down 121-of-329 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 31 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 27 and 25, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .410 (25-61) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference.

DOUBLING UP

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered 19 points and pulled in 12 rebounds, earning her second double-double of the season against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22). Her first double-double came against Holy Cross (Nov. 23) when she tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders.

THREE'S COMPANY

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 19), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 18) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 14) all scored in double-figures against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22); marking the second straight game three Wildcats have reached this milestone. In the previous outing, Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 11), Beliveau (10) and Reed (10) scored in double-digits against CCSU (Dec. 19), marking the first time the 'Cats have achieved this feat on the season. It is also the first time three-plus Wildcats have scored in double-figures in back-to-back games this year.

BENCHMARK

The Wildcats scored a combined 42 points off the bench in back-to-back efforts against Harvard (Dec. 10) and CCSU (Dec. 19). The stretch marked the best two-game stretch the reserves have had this season. In that span, the 'Cats tallied a season-best 26 points against the Crimson and 16 points against the Blue Devils.

MAKING IT COUNT

UNH ranks third in the America East in field goal percentage (.385) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.368) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 354-of-919 attempts from the floor and have netted 121-of-329 attempts from beyond the arc.

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 15 of 17 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.2 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 11 times in her career, including nine times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 13 of her last 14 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Stony Brook (Jan. 15) when she tallied 20 points. During the streak she notched a career-best 25 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), while also reaching the 19-point mark three times.

BLOCK PARTY

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) rank third and sixth in the America East in blocked shots with 23 and 14 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks third in the conference in swats, averaging 3.5 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.6 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. In total she has tallied 78 assists on the year, with her most impressive efforts coming against St. Joe's (Dec. 28) when she posted a career-best eight assists and a pair of seven-assist outings against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 22).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

UNH head coach Maureen Magarity 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 was McDonald's first double-double of the season and the third 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 23 blocks this season, giving her 137 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in seven of the last 12 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.

BELIVEAU NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a junior forward on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career by the America East Conference on Monday, Dec. 27.

Beliveau takes home the award after earning her second double-double of the season and leading the Wildcats to a convincing, 75-63, victory over Quinnipiac University (Dec. 22) to snap a six-game skid. 

The junior registered a season-best 19 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in the win. She reached the mark on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. She also tallied two assists, one steal and one block.

The impressive outing marked the sixth straight game Beliveau had scored in double-digits. She finished the week ranking in the top-10 in the America East in scoring (6th), rebounding (10th), free throw percentage (4th) and three-point field-goal percentage (3rd).

Despite this being the first time she has been honored as the America East Player of the Week, the forward won five conference Rookie of the Week awards in 2007-08 on her way to being named the 2008 Rookie of the Year.

HOGAN EARNS AE ROOKIE HONORS

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), a freshman guard on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Rookie of the Week for the second time in her career by the America East Conference on Monday, Jan. 3.

Hogan took home the honor after leading New Hampshire to a thrilling, 88-74, triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island (Jan. 1) at the tail end of a three-game week that also featured a pair of contests at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic.

She averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game during the three-game span, while also posting an impressive .556 (5-9) shooting clip from beyond the arc. Moreover, the redshirt-freshman point guard protected the rock, turning the ball over just eight times while dishing out 17 assists for a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio during the stretch.

Hogan posted 10 points, six assists, and five rebounds in 52 minutes of action against the Rams in UNH's first-ever triple-overtime game. It was the third time this season she has tallied double digit points.

Earlier in the week she put together a pair of solid outings at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic (Dec. 28-29), hosted by St. Joseph's University, at Hagan Gymnasium. She kicked off the tournament tallying a career-best eight assists paired with nine points and four boards against St. Joseph's University. In the second game of the tournament against Quinnipiac University she was just as productive, posting nine points, three assists and two rebounds.

With her impressive eight assist outing against the Hawks, Hogan becomes the first Wildcat to reach this mark since Amy Simpson did so last season against Maine on Feb. 16. She reached her previous career high of seven assists twice this season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS SPOTO TO THE 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

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) matched career highs with 21 points and nine boards, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 75-68 victory over Stony Brook University Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats (4-13, 1-4 America East) earned their first conference victory of the season while handing the Seawolves (3-12, 0-4 AE) their 10th straight defeat. SBU's 0-4 mark in America East play is its worse start in conference play since posting the same record during the 2008-09 campaign.

Reed earned America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, rounding out the afternoon with three assists and one steal. She finished 8-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Kirsten Jeter took home player of the game honors for Stony Brook, registering a game-high 27 points, five rebounds, and four steals.

Beliveau, who earns her 10th career double-double in the win, finished 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep, and an impressive 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. It is her second straight double-double and her fourth in the last six games. She has registered six double-doubles this season, a mark that stands as a career best.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) also scored in double-digits for UNH, finishing with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards. It is the fourth time this season that three Wildcats have scored in double-figures in a game.

After holding a 10-point advantage with just over four minutes remaining in the contest, Stony Brook stormed back with an 8-1 run that lasted 2:17, set off by an Amanda Corona jumper that cut the score to 69-66 with 1:28 on the clock.

In an effort to complete their comeback, the Seawolves sent the 'Cats to the line four times in the last 1:03 and UNH made the most of the opportunity, netting 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe to close out the contest and seal the victory. Hogan led the way for the Wildcats, knocking down both sets of free throws on two separate trips to the line.

New Hampshire scored the first 12 points of the game, with Beliveau and Reed tallying five points apiece during a stretch that saw the Seawolves held without a field goal for over four minutes.

The Wildcats led by as many as 14 points in the half, but the 'Wolves trimmed the deficit down to eight points at the break, 42-34. The 42 points represented a first-half season high for UNH.

Stony Brook notched the first bucket of the second half, a lay-up from Destiny Jacobs, to climb within six, 42-36.  But Hogan delivered back-to-back assists on lay-ins from Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Beliveau, bumping the lead back up to double digits, 46-36, with 17:13 left in the game.

Both teams would exchange baskets for over four minutes, as Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) knocked down a jumper and McDonald hit one of two free throw attempts from the foul line, giving UNH its largest lead of the second frame with the score, 53-42, at 13:16.

After a change of possession, Juanita Cochran banked in a layup that set off a 9-0 run by the visitors, cutting the deficit down to just two points with 10:15 remaining.

The Wildcats answered right back with a scoring run of their own, firing off eight unanswered points, with Reed and Hogan banging in threes on back-to-back possessions to close out the stretch, building their lead up to 10 with just under seven minutes to play.

A Kirsten Jeter layup would snap the scoreless streak for the Seawolves, but New Hampshire kept up the pace, adding seven points to its run, finishing with a 15-7 edge over SBU during a span of 4:42. Hogan fueled the 'Cats on the stretch with five points, including a trifecta that capped off the run and extended their lead to 10 with 4:09 to play.
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