DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team closed out the 2010-11 season with its annual awards banquet Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. The team awards were handed out and a highlight video was debuted as school administrators, family members, alumni and the coaching staff joined the Wildcat players to celebrate the most recent campaign.
New Hampshire's coaching staff recognized seniors Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) for their years of dedication and commitment to the women's basketball program. First-year head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff also handed out a trio of individual awards.
Junior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the squad in both scoring (12.9) and rebounding (8.9) during the course of the season. Beliveau, who was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team, posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles this season. The team co-captain proved to be a force in the conference landscape as she finished the regular season ranked 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.
Redshirt-freshman Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), who fought back from back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, took home the Coaches Award. One of only four Wildcats to appear in all 29 games, Hogan garnered America East Rookie of the Week honors four times over the course of the season and was named to the league's All-Rookie Team for her efforts. She finished the season with a team-best 118 assists, good enough for second in the America East, and also led the conference in assists per game (4.1) and 3-point percentage (.429; 42-98).
In addition to being recognized as a senior, Early was presented with the Most Improved Player Award after an impactful season during her final go-around in a UNH uniform. The New York native was a key defensive player for the Wildcats this season, appearing in 28 games and averaging 3.5 points per contest.
McDonald capped off an outstanding career with an impressive senior campaign, leading the team with 39 blocks and ranking second in rebounding (5.6) and third in scoring (9.5). The team co-captain left her mark in the UNH record books as she ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 153 career rejections.
As a team, New Hampshire ended the season 9-20 overall and 6-10 in conference play, reaching the quarterfinals of the America East Conference Tournament.
|Denise Beliveau||Kelsey Hogan||Kate Early||Jill McDonald|