WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team received America East All-Conference honors, the conference announced Thursday afternoon at its annual awards banquet.
Beliveau was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team, becoming just the 11th player in program history to be named to the second team. Hogan was named to the America East All-Rookie Team, as she is also the 11th player in UNH history to receive the honor and the first since Beliveau was selected to the team in 2008.
Beliveau, who was recently named the 2011 America East Player of the Game, finished out the regular season ranking 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.
The team captain has registered four double-doubles in the last six games on her way to posting a conference-best 11 double-doubles this season. With the mark, she becomes the first 'Cat to notch more than 10 double-doubles in a season since Candace Williams posted 10 during the 2008-09 campaign.
Additionally, Beliveau earns All-Academic status for the first time in her career, posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.56. The Kinesiology: Exercise Science major was selected as a member of the 2008 and 2009 America East Academic Honor Roll, while also claiming conference Commissioner's Honor Roll status in 2010.
As for Hogan, she earns a spot on the All-Rookie team after earning America East Rookie of the Week honors four times this season. She 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.
The sixth-seeded Wildcats 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.).