Women’s Basketball Set to Open 2011-12 Season at Brown Friday Night

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team opens up the 2011-12 season Friday night at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The game will take place at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 7:30 p.m. in the 18th meeting between the two programs. The Wildcats posted a 9-20 record last season (6-10 America East Conference), while the Bears went 10-18 on the season and 6-8 in the Ivy League.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will open the 2011-12 season at Brown, marking the 18th meeting between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1985-86 season. Though the Wildcats own a 10-7 advantage in the series, the Bears have captured the last three matchups, including a 66-54 victory last season. Then-sophomore Cari Reed paced the Wildcats with 14 points, but the Bears claimed the road win behind 45.5 percent shooting from the floor. The most recent UNH win came during the 2000-01 season when the Wildcats downed Brown at home, 67-57. 

SCOUTING BROWN (0-0, 0-0 IVY):

This season, Brown returns all five starters from last year's team that went 10-18 overall and 6-8 in the Ivy League. Head coach Jean Maire Burr, now in her 24th season at the helm, welcomes four freshman to a young roster that features ten underclassmen. Junior guard Sheila Dixon led the team in both scoring (11.0) and rebounding (6.3) last winter in 26 games played, while senior Hannah Passafuime started all 28 contests and finished second on the team with 9.4 points per game.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (0-0, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball squad returns nine letterwinners from last year's team that finished at 9-20 on the season and 6-10 in the America East Conference. Head coach Maureen Magarity, now in her second season, welcomes the addition of four freshmen and one transfer to form a balanced roster of seven underclassmen and seven upperclassmen. Senior forward Denise Beliveau paced the lineup in both scoring (12.9) and rebounding (8.9) last season, while sophomore Kelsey Hogan dished out a conference-best 118 assists.

THE COACHES

Head Coach Maureen Magarity is back for her second season as head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team. Last season, Magarity led UNH to a 6-10 conference record - twice as many wins as the year before - and a trip to the America East tournament before the Wildcats fell to Binghamton in the quarterfinals. Magarity was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program on May 18, 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.

Head Coach Jean Marie Burr enters her 24th year at the helm of the Brown women's basketball program. The winningest coach in Brown basketball history (men's and women's), Burr has compiled 15 winning Ivy League seasons, including three consecutive League Titles from 1991-94.

UNH IN SEASON OPENERS

Historically, the UNH women's basketball program has been strong in season openers, putting together a 21-16 record in 37 tip-off games since the program's inception in 1975. Last season, the Wildcats dropped the season-opener at Notre Dame, 99-48, while the program's last road tip-off win came during the 2005-06 campaign in a 79-59 victory at Yale.

2011-12 CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

University of New Hampshire women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff recently announced that senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) have been named team captains for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

"Denise and Kelsey are both the faces of this program," said Magarity. "They are tremendous leaders who have played through a great deal of adversity during their careers and have been able to move forward with energy and enthusiasm. I think it's very fitting and well deserved for both of them. They will do an outstanding job with their leadership roles." 

Beliveau, who will serve as a co-captain for the second straight season, will look to cap off an impressive career with another strong campaign this winter. Playing in 28 games, Beliveau led the team in both scoring (12.9) and rebounding (8.9) last season and was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team for her efforts. Beliveau proved to be one of the top players in the conference as she racked-up a league-best 11 double-doubles and finished the 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.

Hogan fought back from consecutive injury-plagued seasons for her first full campaign in 2010-11 and certainly made the most of her time on the court. One of only four Wildcat players to appear in all 29 games, Hogan finished the year averaging 8.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. Hogan, who was named to the America East All-Conference Rookie Team, finished the season with a team-best 118 assists and also led the conference in assists per game (4.1) and 3-point percentage (.429; 42-98).

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