February 26, 2011

Women's Basketball Closes out Regular Season against Hartford (Feb. 26)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire's matchup against Hartford marks the 55th meeting all-time between the two squads. New Hampshire is looking to snap a 17-game drought against Hartford, the longest stretch without a win against any Wildcat opponent. The last New Hampshire victory against the Hawks came during the 2002-03 season when the Wildcats swept the series. In that season, the Wildcats earned a 56-53-road victory before grabbing a 60-50 home win. The Wildcats earned victories in seven of the first eight meetings with the Hawks.

SCOUTING HARTFORD (13-15, 10-5 AE):

Last time out, the University of Hartford (13-15, 10-5 AE) defeated Stony Brook University, 67-63, at Pritchard Gymnasium on Feb. 23 ... Nikkia Smith led the squad with 13 points off the bench ... Smith led four players in double figures for the Hawks, who rebounded from 25 percent (6-of-24) shooting in the first half to shoot 58 percent (14-of-24) in the second frame ... Daphne Elliott finished with 12 points, while Mary Silvia added 11 and Jackie Smith chipped in 10 points ... The Hawks' second half shooting included 75 percent (6-of-8) from beyond the three point arc, while they were also 14-of-17 at the free throw line (82.4 percent) ... Smith was named the America East Player of the Game for the Hawks, leading the team with five assists, while Elliott contributed three steals ... Smith ranks third in the conference with an average of 3.5 assists per game ... Since the start of conference play she ranks first in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .435 (20-46) ... Hartford ranks second in scoring offense (59.7) and scoring margin (+6.5) since the start of conference play ... The Hawks have been scoring at an effective rate in that time frame, ranking first in 3-point field goal percentage (.366; 97-265) and second in field goal percentage (.403; 321-796).

DEFENSIVE STAND

New Hampshire defeated Maine, 56-40, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 23, sweeping the season series and notching its third straight victory over the Black Bears. The Wildcats kept the Black Bears at bay, holding them to opponent season lows in points, field goals made (15) and field goal percentage (.283; 15-53) in the contest. UNH shot 38.1 percent (24-63) from the floor, posting a .536 shooting clip (15-28) in the second half, outscoring the Black Bears 37-24 in the final frame of the action.

SOLID STRETCH

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games, most recently against Maine (Feb. 23) when she dropped in 10 points. During the stretch she also netted 20 points to lead the Wildcats to a 72-58-road victory over Stony Brook (Feb. 9). She has scored in double-digits 13 times this season.

DOUBLE DOSAGE

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded her third straight double-double, notching 14 points and 10 rebounds against UMBC (Feb. 13). Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the contest with two steals and one assist. She has posted the most double-doubles of any player in the America East with a career-best 10 on the season. She is the first Wildcat to notch 10 double-doubles in a season since Candace Williams reached the mark during the 2008-09 campaign.

BEYOND THE ARC

Junior guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tallied 17 points, three assists and two steals against Stony Brook (Feb. 9). She finished the night 6-for-10 from the floor, matching a career high with four treys on five attempts. The last time she notched four trifectas came this season against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22).

DIME DROPPER

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied a career-best nine assists against Stony Brook (Feb. 9), leading the Wildcats to a 72-58 road win. She is the first Wildcat to reach this impressive mark since Colleen Mullen did so during the 2002-03 campaign against Northeastern on Feb. 8. She reached her previous career high of eight against St. Joseph's University on Dec. 28 in the first round of the 20th Annual Hawk Classic.

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES

New Hampshire shot a season-best 57.1 percent (24-42) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-14) from deep against Stony Brook (Feb. 9) The Wildcats were most impressive in the second frame, shooting 60 percent (12-20) from the field, while limiting the Seawolves to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting.

CLEANING THE GLASS

Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) tallied a season-best nine rebounds, one short of her career high, against Binghamton (Feb. 6). She rounded out her afternoon against the Bearcats with seven points and one steal. The center has been impressive on the glass for the Wildcats over the last six games, tallying 4.8 boards per game during the stretch.

DEEP THREAT

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) has notched five-plus 3-pointers in three games this season. She most recently reached this milestone when she sank five trifectas against Albany (Feb. 3), finishing the contest 5-for-10 from deep. Her most impressive outing this season came against Maine (Jan. 26) when she drained a career-high six trifectas, tying a single-game program record. The first time Reed notched five shots from beyond the arc came against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), marking the first time a Wildcat has tallied five-plus trifectas in a game since Amy Simpson sank six against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008.

OFFENSIVE ASSAULT

New Hampshire currently ranks third in the America East in scoring offense with an average of 59.3 points per game. UNH has tallied 60-plus points in 14 contests this season and has notched over 70 points in four games.

ELITE COMPANY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tallied nine points and 12 rebounds against Maine (Feb. 23), giving her 921 points and 562 boards in her career. With those impressive totals she becomes just the 12th Wildcat all-time to tally over 900 points and 500 rebounds. Candace Williams was the last 'Cat to achieve the feat, reaching the mark last season, as she finished her career with 1,277 points and 699 rebounds. 

MAKE IT SEVEN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) earned her seventh double-double of the season, registering a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds against Boston University (Jan. 29). Beliveau was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, scoring 23 of her 24 points in the second half on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, 4-of-6 shooting from three and 6-of-7 shooting from the line.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) notched a career-high 27 points, four rebounds and one assist against Maine (Jan. 26), earning America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire. It is the highest single-game point total of any Wildcat this season. She is also the first 'Cat to notch 10 field goals in a game since Candace Williams did so against Boston University on Jan. 17, 2009. She finished the evening 10-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Her six 3-point field goals are a career best and tie a UNH single-game record.

THE EARLY SHOW

Senior center Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) tallied a season-high 11 points, one short of her career best, propelling the Wildcats to a 67-47 victory against Maine (Jan. 26).  She also pulled down five rebounds and notched one steal. Early scored all 11 of her points during a 20-4 run, guiding the 'Cats to a 22-point advantage, giving them a lead they would not relinquish in the closing minutes of the contest.

DOING THE DISHES

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) matched a career high with six assists against Maine (Jan. 26), finishing the contest with 13 rebounds and six points. The last time she reached the six-assist mark came against Binghamton on March 1, 2008. She has led the team in assists in seven contests this season.

POURING IT ON

New Hampshire posted its fifth highest scoring total of the season against Maine (Jan. 26) notching 67 points, while limiting the Black Bears to just 47 points. The point differential is the largest margin of victory the Wildcats have posted since they defeated Colgate, 89-61, on Dec. 5, 2008. The 'Cats reached the mark on a superb second half, outscoring Maine 41-23 on 48.1 (13-27) percent shooting from the floor and 38.5 (5-13) percent shooting from deep.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

New Hampshire held Albany to just 46 points on 32.0 (16-50) percent shooting from the field on Feb. 3. It was the second lowest point total posted by any Wildcat opponent this season. UNH also held Albany to just 16 field goals, marking the second lowest number of baskets made by any opponent this year.

POINT TAKEN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched nine points against Maine (Feb. 23), giving her 921 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 17th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 339 points, averaging 13.0 per game this year. Last season she scored in double-digits 17 times and led the team in scoring in six games, posting 303 points. 

CHARITY DRIVE

UNH ranks third in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 294-of-421 shots (.698) from the line. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) leads the 'Cats with a .824 (89-108) shooting clip from the stripe this season, a total that ranks fourth in the America East.

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. Reed, who leads all New Hampshire guards in rebounds (119), has been on a tear since the start of conference play averaging 5.1 boards per game.

CASHING IN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ranks first in rebounds (9.7 rpg) and eighth in scoring (13.1 ppg) in the America East since the start of conference play. Over the course of the last five games she is averaging 10.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

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 12 rebounds against Maine (Feb. 23), giving her 562 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 13th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 224 rebounds, averaging 8.6 per game, ranking third in the America East.

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.) notched a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards against Stony Brook (Jan. 15). She finished 5-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe in the contest. It was the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit points. 

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 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 14 double-doubles in her career, including a season-best 10 this year.

THREEFOLD

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 14), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 12) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 12) all scored in double-figures against UMBC (Feb. 13), marking the seventh time this season three 'Cats have scored in double-digits in a game. Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, registering her third straight double-double in the loss. She rounded out the contest with 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

MAKING HER MARK

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched one steal against Maine (Feb. 23), giving her 133 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 15th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 34 steals this season, averaging 1.3 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 one 3-pointer against Maine (Feb. 23), giving her 104 3-point field goals in her career. The impressive total ranks 8th all-time in program history. This season she has notched 42 3-point field goals on 123 tries, posting a shooting clip of .341.

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 fourth on the team with 38 helpers, averaging 1.4 per game.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in rebounding (3rd), free throw percentage (4th), 3-point field goals made (7th), scoring (7th) and 3-point field goal percentage (10th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 13.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 38.2 percent (104-272) from the field, 34.1 percent (42-123) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 82.4 percent (89-108) 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), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 4th) and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 10th) all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .419 (39-93) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking first in the conference, while Reed (.379; 55-145) and Beliveau (.341; 42-123) and rank fourth and tenth, 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 six of the last 11 games. She has tallied multiple blocks 12 times this year and leads New Hampshire with 39 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.

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 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 and 35th in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (.350), knocking down 192-of-549 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 55 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 42 and 39, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .419 (39-93) 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 was 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 (.383) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.350) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 557-of-1455 attempts from the floor and have netted 192-of-549 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 24 of 27 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.4 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 15 times in her career, including 13 times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 18 of her last 24 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against UMBC (Feb. 13) when she tallied 14 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 second and eighth in the America East in blocked shots with 39 and 17 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks fourth 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 4.2 assists per game, ranking second in the America East. In total she has tallied 113 assists on the year, with her most impressive effort coming against Stony Brook (Feb. 9) when she tallied a career-best nine assists.

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 39 blocks this season, giving her 153 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks second all-time in program history. She has notched a swat in seven straight games, including 10 of her last 11. 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.

HOGAN FETED AE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Rookie of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks by the America East Conference Monday, Jan. 31

Hogan, who takes home the honor for the third time this season, finished the week averaging 11.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in a pair of games that the Wildcats split. She shot .353 (6-for-17) from the floor, .444 (4-for-9) from beyond the arc, and .750 (6-for-8) from the charity stripe.

The redshirt-freshman point guard led New Hampshire to a convincing, 67-47, road victory over Maine (Jan. 26), registering 15 points, two boards, two assists and one steal. She finished the contest 4-for-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from deep. Later in the week she tallied seven points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block against Boston University (Jan. 29).

Hogan is averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game this season. Her assist total (84) and three-point percentage (.413; 31-75) both rank second in the conference. Additionally, she has scored in double-figures in three of the last five games. In total she has finished in double-figure points in six contests this year.

WOMEN'S HOOP BRINGS FRAME INTO THE FOLD

Head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff announced Wednesday that Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) will join the women's basketball program and attend the University of New Hampshire this spring after transferring from Saint Anselm College. She will sit out the rest of this season and the first half of the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will be a sophomore when she begins playing in 2011-12.

"We are excited about Morgan joining our team and feel she will be a great fit in our program. Her athleticism, size and mobility will bring us depth at the post position," said Magarity. "Morgan's work ethic and competitiveness will bring a new level to practice immediately."

Last season Frame played in 20 games including three starts for the Hawks as a freshman, averaging 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She finished the 2009-10 campaign shooting a solid 46.3 percent (50-108) from the floor, while leading the team in scoring in two games and leading the team in rebounds in three contests. In addition, she also tallied 18 assists, six blocks, and seven steals.

Prior to her arrival at Saint Anselm, Frame was a 1,000-point scorer at Waterville Senior High School where she was a four-sport athlete playing basketball, soccer, cross-country and track and field. She was named the Gatorade Player of The Year in Maine and was also tabbed Miss Maine Basketball as a senior.

Frame, who earned high honors all four years at Waterville Senior, was named the Portland Herald Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons. Additionally, she was a Bangor Daily Tournament MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior.

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.

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

Seniors Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) combined for 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting in their final collegiate home game, leading the UNH women's basketball team to a wire-to-wire, 57-40, triumph over the University of Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium Wednesday night.

The victory ups New Hampshire's record to 9-18 and 6-9 in the America East, while Maine dips to 4-23 and 2-13 in conference action.

McDonald shot 5-for-9 from the floor, notching a team-high 10 points, adding three rebounds, while Early buried 4-of-9 field goal attempts, tallying nine points and six rebounds.

The Wildcats' balanced offense included 10 points from Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-7 from 3-point range, and a near double-double from Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), who tallied nine points and ripped down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for the Wildcats, rounding out the evening with three assists and one steal.

Katelyn Vanderhoff was selected as the player of the game for the Black Bears, notching 12 points, four boards and three steals.

The Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the game, powered by the low-post duo of McDonald, who scored six points in the paint, and Early, who tacked on four from under the basket during the spurt. The Black Bears, who here held off the scoreboard for the first 6:50, responded with an 8-0 run to trim UNH's lead to 10-8 with 9:26 remaining in the first frame.

A Wells putback snapped the Maine run, and Beliveau and Wells closed out the half with back-to-back made 3-pointers after UNH started the game 0-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats, who never trailed in the half, went to the break with a 20-16 lead.

UNH kicked off the second half with a 12-2 run, opening the lead to 32-18 on a Wells 3-pointer. After Maine pieced together a modest 9-4 run to close the gap to 36-27, Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.; 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) ignited a 9-0 'Cats run with a 3-pointer, and back-to-back outlet-pass assists to Wells and Early for a 45-27 advantage at 7:34.

Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 8 points, 6 rebounds), who had set a career high with 27 points in the teams' first encounter Jan. 26, hit back-to-back 3-pointers and put back a layup for a personal 8-0 run that increased New Hampshire's advantage to its largest margin of the contest, pushing ahead 55-31 with 3:28 left.

UNH registered just one field goal the rest of the way, as Maine closed out the contest on a 10-2 run, but it was too little too late for the visitors, as the 'Cats would not relinquish the lead.
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