February 28, 2011

Women's Basketball to Face Binghamton University at America East Tournament Fri., March 4

DURHAM, N.H. - The sixth-seeded University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will take on third-seeded Binghamton University in the quarterfinals of the 2011 America East Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own at the University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena on Friday, March 4 (2:15 p.m.).

Links to video, audio, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The game will also be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network and will be streaming live video of the game at www.AmericaEast.tv.

Fans can purchase tickets at the UNH will call table at the Chase Family Arena beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $25 for chairback seats and $15 for bleacher seats, with limited availability.

The winner of the UNH/Binghamton quarterfinal matchup will meet the winner of the game between second-seeded Boston University and the seventh-seeded University of Vermont Sunday, March 6 (11:04 a.m.).

THE MATCHUP (BINGHAMTON)

New Hampshire's meeting against Binghamton University on Friday marks the 22nd meeting all-time between the two squads. The Bearcats have swept the season series in each of the last four years and hold a 16-5 lead in the all-time series. Prior to Binghamton's recent nine-game winning streak, UNH had won three of the previous five meetings, all of which came in Lundholm Gymnasium.

SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (18-11, 11-5 AE): 

Last time out, Binghamton University (18-11, 11-5 AE) fell to Stony Brook University, 54-37, on Feb. 26 at Pritchard Gymnasium ... Playing in her final regular-season game, senior guard Jackie Ward scored a team-high 16 points for Binghamton ... Junior forward Viive Rebane finished with seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds ... The Bearcats were playing in their first game without starting point guard Andrea Holmes ... She suffered a season-ending ACL injury to her left knee against Boston University in the previous outing ... The loss was Binghamton's third in the last five games ... The Bearcats are 10-2 at home this season, but have struggled on the road, posting an 8-7 mark away from the Events Center ... Binghamton is also 0-2 in neutral site games this season ... Binghamton currently ranks first in scoring defense (54.4 ppg) and second in defensive field goal percentage (.350; 579-1652) in the America East ... The Bearcats also rank second in rebounding in the conference with an average of 38.1 boards per game ... Rebane ranks first on the team and fourth in the league in rebounding, averaging 8.4 boards per game ... She also ranks 10th in the conference in scoring (11.3 ppg) ... Jasbriell Swain and Kara Elofson rank second and third on the squad in rebounding, averaging 7.9 and 7.6 boards per game, respectively.

THE MATCHUP (BOSTON U.)

Boston University holds a slight lead (35-29) in this long series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The last Wildcat win against the Terriers came at home on Feb. 24, 2007, which resulted in a 74-66 victory. Boston University has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including a sweep of the season series in each of the last four years.

SCOUTING BOSTON U. (15-13, 12-4 AE): 

Last time out, Boston University (15-13, 12-4 AE) earned a 75-52 victory over the University of Vermont on Feb. 26 at Case Gymnasium ... Sophomore Chantell Alford led the Terriers with a career-high 29 points ... Against UVM the Terriers pulled out their second largest victory of the year with the 23-point triumph ... BU went wire-to-wire, shooting .419 (26-of-62) from the field and .400 (8-of-20) from behind the arc ... Additionally, the Terriers shot 15-of-19 from the free-throw line ... Alford was 9-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe to go along with one block and three steals, as she earned America East Player of the Game honors ... Seniors Kat Briggs and Krystyn McIntyre both posted career highs in scoring, finishing with 10 and five points, respectively ... Senior Kerry Cashman was the team's leading rebounder, snaring nine boards ... The win was BU's second in the last three games ... The Terriers are the top scoring offense in the America East, averaging 63.3 points per game ... They were even more impressive in conference action, posting 65.9 points per game ... Alford (1st) and Alex Young (8th) rank in the top 10 in the America East in scoring, averaging 15.0 and 12.6  points per game, respectively ... BU also ranks first in the conference in assists, averaging 13.4 per game ... Mo Moran ranks first in the league in assists with an average of 4.3 per game.

THE MATCHUP (VERMONT)

A potential matchup between New Hampshire and the University of Vermont would mark the 67th meeting between both teams, as Vermont leads the all-time series 37-29. The Wildcats snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Catamounts with a 63-59-overtime victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 17, 2011.

SCOUTING VERMONT (5-24, 5-11 AE):

Last time out, the University of Vermont (5-24, 5-11 AE) fell to Boston University, 75-52, on Feb. 26 at Case Gymnasium ... Tonya Young and Lauren Bushmann posted double-doubles in the same game for the second time in the last three outings ... Young finished the game with a team-high 20 points and added 13 rebounds ... Buschmann registered 18 points and 13 boards, nine on the offensive glass, for her third consecutive double-double ... The duo combined to score 19 of UVM's 21 first half points ... Kristine Lalonde chipped in with six assists ... The Catamounts outscored Boston University 30-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Terriers 55-42 on the boards, 28-12 on the offensive glass ... Vermont also scored 15 second chance points, but were hindered by 18 turnovers which BU transitioned into 13 points ... The loss marks the program's third in the last four games ... The Catamounts are 3-9 at home and 2-13 on the road this season ... They are also 0-2 in neutral site contests this year ... Young ranks 9th in the America East in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game ... She also ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage with a .485 (129-266) shooting clip ... In conference play she averaged 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game ... Buschmann was just as stellar in conference action, ranking 10th in the league in both scoring (11.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).

HOGAN TABBED 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 fourth time this season by the America East Conference Monday afternoon.

Hogan finished the week averaging 7.0 points, 5.5 as­sists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. She also shot .385 (5-for-13) from the floor and .429 (3-for-7) from beyond the three-point arc.

The red-shirt freshman point guard led New Hampshire to a 57-40 victory over the University of Maine (Feb. 23), dishing out seven assists while also contributing four points, three rebounds and two steals. Later in the week she posted 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field against the University of Hartford (Feb. 26), with all three field goals coming from long-distance. She rounded out the contest with four assists and two rebounds.

Hogan finished the regular season with an average of 8.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game. Her three-point percentage (.429; 42-98) ranks first in the conference, while her assist total (117) ranks second. In total, she has scored in double-figures in nine contests this year, while also leading the team in assists in five straight games.

BELIVEAU NAMED PLAYER OF THE GAME

Junior forward Denise Beliveau was named the 2011 America East Player of the Game, the conference announced Tuesday.

Beliveau, who ranks second in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and seventh in scoring (13.1 ppg) in the league, received the most Player of the Game honors during the season to garner the end-of-year award. She earned the award 10 times this season, including seven of the past eight contests.

The Player of the Game award is determined by tabulating award winners from conference play, as a player was named Player of the Game for each team at the conclusion of every contest.

The league's annual awards, including the all-conference teams, as well as Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year, will be announced at the championship awards banquet on Thursday, March 4 at 12 p.m. in Hartford, site of the 2011 America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Presented By Newman's Own.

ALL ABOARD

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled in a career-high 16 rebounds against Hartford (Feb. 26), as she notched her conference-best 11th double-double of the season. She finished with 14 points and one assist in the contest. She reached her previous career high of 15 boards against Albany (Jan. 4), rounding out the game with 19 points and four assists.

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 five 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.) earned her fourth double-double in the last six games against Hartford (Feb. 26), tallying 14 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. She was named the America East Player of the Game for the 'Cats, earning her conference-best 11th double-double of the season. With the impressive mark, Beliveau becomes the first Wildcat to notch at least 10 double-doubles in a season since Candace Williams posted 10 during the 2008-09 campaign. Beliveau has snared double-digit rebounds in five of the last six games.

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.

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 59.0 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 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Hartford (Feb. 26), giving her 935 points and 578 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 14 points against Hartford (Feb. 26), giving her 935 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 16th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 353 points, averaging 13.1 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 300-of-430 shots (.698) from the line. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) leads the 'Cats with a .820 (91-111) shooting clip from the stripe this season, a total that ranks fifth 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 (121), posted 4.9 boards per game in conference action this season.

CASHING IN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ranked first in rebounds (10.1 rpg) and eighth in scoring (13.1 ppg) in conference play this season. Over the course of the last six games she is averaging 11.2 points and 11.3 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 a career-high 16 rebounds against Hartford (Feb. 26), giving her 578 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 11th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 240 rebounds, averaging 8.9 per game, ranking second 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 15 double-doubles in her career, including a season-best 11 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 two 3-pointers against Hartford (Feb. 26), giving her 106 3-point field goals in her career. The impressive total ranks 8th all-time in program history. This season she has notched 44 3-point field goals on 127 tries, posting a shooting clip of .346.

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 39 helpers, averaging 1.4 per game.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in rebounding (2nd), free throw percentage (5th), 3-point field goals made (7th), scoring (7th) and 3-point field goal percentage (7th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 38.4 percent (109-284) from the field, 34.6 percent (44-127) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 82.0 percent (91-111) 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 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.

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.; 7th) all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .429 (42-98) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking first in the conference, while Reed (.373; 57-153) and Beliveau (.346; 44-127) and rank fourth and seventh, 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 12 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 (.353), knocking down 202-of-572 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 57 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 44 and 42, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .429 (42-98) 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 (.382) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.353) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 575-of-1505 attempts from the floor and have netted 202-of-572 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 25 of 28 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.3 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 19 of her last 25 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Hartford (Feb. 26) 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 third 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 3.5 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 117 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 10 of her 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.

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

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched 14 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University of Hartford, 62-52, Saturday afternoon at Chase Arena.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 9-19 and 6-10 in America East play, while Hartford improves to 14-15 and 11-5 in conference action.

Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for the 'Cats, earning her conference-best 11th double-double of the season. She has earned a double-double in four of the last six games and has snared double-digit rebounds in five of the last six games.

Ruthanne Doherty was selected as the player of the game for Hartford, tallying a game-high 16 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in with 10 points, four assists and two boards.

Hartford opened up the contest with an 8-5 advantage, but the Wildcats followed up scoring on two straight possessions, kicking off a 12-4 run that gave the visitors a 17-12 edge with 12:57 remaining in the first frame.

Beliveau ignited the stretch, sinking a triple and tallying three points the old-fashioned-way on back-to-back possessions to start the stretch with six unanswered points. After a pair of Doherty layups briefly reclaimed the lead, Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and Beliveau drilled trifectas on two straight trips up the floor to give UNH the five-point advantage.

After exchanging baskets, the Hawks responded with 12 unanswered points to take back the lead, 27-19, with just over six minutes remaining in the frame. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) ended UNH's scoreless streak when she knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the shot clock expired at 4:34, cutting the deficit down to five.

Despite Wells' bucket, the 'Cats would be held without a field goal the rest of the half, scoring three points in the final minutes of the stanza, as Hartford claimed a 31-25 edge at the intermission.

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) helped get the 'Cats back on track, sinking a 10-foot jumper in the lane, setting off a 10-2 run that lasted about two minutes, cutting the score to 37-35 at 14:31. The scoring spurt was capped off with a baseline trey from Wells and a McDonald layup on a pick-and-roll, as she finished the play with a layup off the glass from the right side.

After a brief scoring lull by both teams, Ilicia Mathis sank a layup to set up an 11-1 run that built Hartford's lead to its largest margin of the contest, pushing ahead, 48-36, with 9:43 on the clock.

Both teams remained scoreless for about four minutes, until Bridgette McKnight (Norristown, Pa.) drilled a jumper just inside in the 3-point line and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) sank a trifecta from the top of the key on consecutive possessions, setting up a 6-2 run that cut the score to 50-42 at 2:57.

The next two minutes of the action featured both squads exchanging baskets, until the 'Cats made one last effort to take back the lead, posting an 8-3 scoring stretch in a 20-second span on the back of a pair of Hogan 3-pointers that cut the score to 57-52 with 35 seconds remaining. However, the scoring spurt wasn't enough, as the Hawks finished out the contest with five unanswered points to preserve the victory.



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