Women's Basketball Hits the Road for Jan. 23 tilt against UMBC

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THE MATCHUP

Sunday's matchup between the Retrievers and Wildcats marks the 14th meeting all-time between both squads. New Hampshire won four of the first six meetings against UMBC, however, the two squads have split the season series in each of the past three years. UMBC claimed the most recent victory, defeating UNH, 54-40, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 13, 2010.

SCOUTING UMBC (10-9, 4-2 AE):

Last time out the University of Maryland Baltimore County (10-9, 4-2 AE) earned a 67-60 double-overtime victory versus the University of Hartford at the RAC Arena on Jan. 20 ... Junior center Topé Obajolu was named the America East Player of the Game for UMBC posting a career-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks ... Junior guard Michelle Kurowski finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds … She also added three assists and three steals ... Senior forward Meghan Colabella finished with 11 points, six boards, four blocks and three helpers ... The win is UMBC's first in extended play this season ... It is also the program's third victory in the last four games, as the Retrievers also picked up home wins over Binghamton (Jan. 12) and Vermont (Jan. 15) ... UMBC tipped off the season with a 1-5 record, earning its lone win against Coppin State (Nov. 16) ... Since the tough start, the Retrievers have rebounded winning nine of their last 13 games ... UMBC ranks second in the America East in defensive field goal percentage, allowing teams to shoot just 36.3 percent from the floor ... The Retrievers are also only surrendering 58.1 points per game, a total that ranks third in the conference ... Obajolu has been a key component defensively, registering 1.8 blocks per game, a mark that stands at the top of the conference ... Kurowski has chipped in with 2.0 steals per game on the defensive end ...  UMBC has been just as efficient offensively, ranking third in the America East in field goal percentage with a .389 shooting clip from the field ... Kurowski leads the charge on the offensive end, posting 16.3 points per game, ranking first in the conference.

SEALING THE DEAL

New Hampshire took down Vermont, 63-59, in overtime on Jan. 17 at Lundholm Gymnasium, marking the program's second win in extended play this season. On the season UNH stands 2-1 in overtime, with its first victory coming in an 88-74 triple-overtime decision against Rhode Island (Jan. 1) at Lundholm Gymnasium. Since 2002-03, the Wildcats are a stellar 9-3 in extended play, winning three of their last five contests.

BOARD GAMES

Two days after tying her previous career high of nine rebounds against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) pulled down a career-best 12 boards versus Vermont (Jan. 17). She had reached her previous career high twice this season. Over the course of the last four games she has been a huge presence on the glass for UNH, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game. Reed, who leads all New Hampshire guards in rebounds (83), has been on a tear since the start of conference play averaging 6.7 boards per game, ranking 11th in the America East.

CASHING IN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ranks first in rebounds (9.3 rpg) and third in scoring (16.5 ppg) since the start of conference play. In the last three games alone she has been even more impressive, registering 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. During that streak she posted back-to-back doubles against Hartford (19 pts, 10 rbs) and Stony Brook (20 pts, 11 rbs).

HOGAN TABBED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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 this season by the America East Conference Monday, Jan. 17.

Hogan earns the honor after averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game, leading the Wildcats to their first conference win of the season over Stony Brook on Jan. 15. Additionally, she finished the week with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, while shooting an impressive 64.3 percent (9-14) from the floor, 50 percent (3-6) from three, and 100 percent (4-4) from the free throw line.

In UNH's win over the Seawolves, the redshirt-freshman finished with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards. It is the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit points and her six assists were just two shy of a career high and one short of a season best. Earlier in the week against Hartford (Jan. 12), she tallied nine points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and shot an impressive 80 percent (4-5) from the floor.

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 seven rebounds against Vermont (Jan. 17), giving her 472 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 18th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 134 rebounds, averaging 7.9 per game, ranking fourth in the America East.

TWICE AS NICE

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

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 seven 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.

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 Vermont (Jan. 17), giving her 119 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 20 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 three 3-pointers against Vermont (Jan. 17), giving her 92 3-point field goals in her career. The impressive total ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she has notched 30 3-point field goals on 77 tries, posting a shooting clip of .390.

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 29 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), 3-point field goal percentage (3rd), rebounding (4th), 3-point field goals made (6th), and field goal percentage (8th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.1 percent (72-167) from the field, 39.0 percent (30-77) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 81.9 percent (68-83) 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 was 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.; 1st), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 3rd), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 4th), and all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .415 (27-65) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking first in the conference, while Beliveau (.390; 30-77) and Reed (.378; 34-90) rank third and fourth, 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.; 17), Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 12), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 11), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 11) all scored in double-digits against Vermont (Jan. 17), marking the second time this season four Wildcats scored in double-figures. The last time four 'Cats reached this milestone came against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), when Beliveau (25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), Reed (21), and Hogan (10) 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 eight of the last 13 games. She has tallied multiple blocks eight times this year and leads New Hampshire with 26 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 (.363), knocking down 131-of-361 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 34 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 30 and 27, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .415 (27-65) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking first 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 fourth in the America East in field goal percentage (.380) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.363) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 372-of-980 attempts from the floor and have netted 131-of-361 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 16 of 18 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.6 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 12 times in her career, including 10 times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in seven straight games, including 14 of her last 15, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Vermont (Jan. 17) when she tallied 17 points. During the streak she notched a career-best 25 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), tallied 20 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), and also reached 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 26 and 15 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in swats, averaging 3.6 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.3 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 26 blocks this season, giving her 140 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in eight of the last 13 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

Junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led four Wildcats in double-figures, registering 17 points and seven rebounds, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 63-59-overtime victory against the University of Vermont Monday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, who notch their second straight win, improve to 5-13 overall and 2-4 in America East play. Meanwhile, Vermont drops to 1-17 overall and 1-4 in conference action with the loss.

Beliveau earns America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing the contest shooting 6-for-13 from the floor, 3-for-8 from deep, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She also added two assists and one steal. It is the seventh straight game she has scored in double-figures.

Lauren Buschmann was named the America East Player of the Game for Vermont, tallying a team-best 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

Rounding out UNH's double-digit scorers were Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 12), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 11), and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 11). Reed finished with career highs in rebounds (12) and blocks (2), while also adding two assists. It is just the second time this season four 'Cats have scored in double-figures in a game.

A late second half scoring surge by New Hampshire knotted the game at 48-48, as Hogan iced an 11-2 Wildcat run that lasted over five minutes with a step-back 15-foot jumper from the left side with 1:45 remaining.

Following Hogan's jumper, the Catamounts posted four unanswered points as Buschmann banked in a layup and Kristine Lalonde knocked down a pair of free throws about a minute later, giving UVM the 52-48 edge with just 19 seconds remaining.

The next trip up the floor Wells pushed the ball across half court and pulled up from the right wing with no hesitation and drilled a 3-pointer that cut the deficit down to one with 14 seconds to play. With a quick foul, UNH sent Lauren Wheeler to the line for a pair of free throws, but she was only able to knock down the first of two attempts, giving the visitors just a two-point cushion.

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tracked down the rebound following the missed free throw and sent the ball up the floor to Beliveau who drove right side and launched a jumper from about 10 feet away with two defenders draped all over her and banked it in with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime with the score, 53-53, at the end of regulation.

The Wildcats tipped off overtime with a 6-3 run, as Reed delivered a trifecta from the top of the key on a feed from McDonald, giving the home team a 59-56 advantage with 3:18 remaining. UVM struck back with a Wheeler free throw and a Tonya Young layup on back-to-back possessions, knotting the score at 59-59 with 1:46 remaining.

On the ensuing possession Hogan took the ball hard to the rack, drawing contact and getting to the foul line where she drained a pair of free throws to reclaim the lead. On the possession that followed New Hampshire locked down on defense, forcing Vermont to miss two shots and turn the ball over with nine seconds to play. UVM fouled quickly, sending Wells to the foul line where she secured the win, knocking down a pair of free throws that pushed UNH's lead to four with six seconds remaining.

The first frame was a see-saw battle, with no team holding more than a four-point edge, until the Wildcats caught fire with a 9-0 run, dropping in a trio of 3-pointers over a span of 2:07. Beliveau hit the first and last 3-pointer on the stretch, while Hogan supplied the trifecta in between, giving UNH its largest lead of the contest with a 26-20 advantage with 2:36 remaining.

However, a pair of jumpers by Lalonde and Wheeler cut the lead down to two points, with New Hampshire holding a 26-24 edge at halftime.

The first 11 minutes of the second stanza featured a back-and-forth battle between both squads, until the Catamounts pieced together a 12-3 run that lasted 4:18, giving the visitors their largest lead of the contest with the score, 46-37, with just over seven minutes to play in regulation.
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