November 20, 2011

Women’s Basketball Kicks Off Road Stretch at Cornell (Nov. 22)

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will kick off a three-game road stretch against Cornell University on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Links to live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored seven points and corralled a game-high 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team dropped its home opener to Seton Hall, 61-38, in non-conference action Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. 

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 1-1 on the year, while the Pirates remain unbeaten at 3-0.

Hogan was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, shooting 3-of-7 from the floor, including 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. Junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) also chalked up seven points, hitting 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-3 in three-point attempts.

Seton Hall was led by senior Jasmine Crew, who scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Junior Brittany Morris canned her first four treys en route to 12 points on 4-of-7 long-distance shooting.

Reed scored four early points on a layup and a short jumper to help the Wildcats grab an early 7-5 lead, but Morris buried a pair of 3-pointers to jumpstart a 7-0 Pirates' run for a 12-7 lead they would never relinquish.

Freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) poured in five of her six points in succession for UNH, as the 'Cats trimmed the deficit to 20-17 with just over seven minutes left before the intermission. But Gaston's left-wing, 3-pointer with 7:20 remaining proved to be the final bucket of the first half for the home team, as Seton Hall closed the half on an 8-0 run during that span for a 28-17 advantage.

The Pirates maintained their momentum after intermission, opening the second half on an 11-2 run for a 39-19 lead at the 15:13 mark. Freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) ended the stretch with a short jumper but Seton Hall responded with five unanswered over the next five minutes in limited scoring action by both teams.

After trading layups, sophomore Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) drilled a shot from beyond the arc, sparking a 5-0 run over the next two minutes to trim the deficit to 45-29 with just over eight minutes to play. Seton Hall answered back with back-to-back 3-pointers as the visitors went on to claim the 61-38 victory.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will kick off a three-game road stretch at Cornell, marking the third meeting all-time between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1993-84 season. The Wildcats captured the first two meetings, including a 79-57 road victory on Dec. 4, 1993 in the first-ever matchup. In the most recent matchup, UNH remained unbeaten in the series with a 75-72 win on Nov. 26, 2005 in the opening round of the Wildcat Classic.

CORNELL… EVER HEARD OF IT? (1-2, 0-0 Ivy):

The Cornell University women's basketball team outlasted Colgate, 59-56, at home Tuesday for the team's first victory of the season … Cornell now stands at 1-2 on the season … Junior Kristina Danielak's putback with 29 seconds left turned a 59-56 deficit into a one-point lead and eventual win … As a team, the Big Red corralled 22 offensive rebounds and shot 31 percent from the floor, including 25 percent from beyond the arc … Senior Maka Anyanwu finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, just missing the double-double … Sophomore Allyson DiMagno led the Big Red with 13 points and added eight rebounds … DiMagno is averaging a team-high 12.7 points per game this season and also leads the lineup on the boards with 5.7 rebounds per game … Anyanwu ranks second on the team in scoring with 9.0 points per contest.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-1, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball squad fell to Seton Hall, 61-38 in Wednesday night's home-opener … UNH now stands at 1-1 on the young season … Sophomore Kelsey Hogan notched seven points and recorded a game-high 10 rebounds as the America East Player of the Game … Junior Cari Reed also chalked up seven points, hitting 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-3 in three-point attempts … As a team, the Wildcats shot 31 percent from the floor and won the battle for bench points by an 11-8 margin … In the season-opener, UNH downed Brown, 62-57 on the road … Hogan paced the Wildcats with 17 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and also added nine rebounds … Senior Denise Beliveau chipped in 10 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the double-double … In two games this season, the Wildcats top the conference with a .333 3-point field goal percentage on 11-for-33 from the field.

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 Dayna Smith returns for her 10th season at the helm of the Cornell women's basketball team. She is the winningest coach in program history with a career record of 85-160, including the program's first Ivy League title in 2008. The 2007-08 season was undoubtedly the most successful in program history, as the Big Red closed out the year with a school record for wins (20), as well as setting records for most conference wins (11), points scored (1,889), 3-pointers made (200) and assists (436) in a season.

HOGAN'S HEROES

In UNH's season-opener at Brown, sophomore Kelsey Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season. Hogan was lights out from 3-point land, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown, and also chipped in a career-high nine boards. Her 3-point shooting was the main reason for the team's 40 percent clip from beyond the arc. She went on to grab a career-high 10 rebounds against Seton Hall and currently ranks third in the America East with 9.5 rebounds per contest and first in defensive rebounds (7.5).

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Senior Denise Beliveau dropped in 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener at Brown for the team's first double-double of the season. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

TRAINING DAY

Freshman Ariel Gaston was given the challenge of running the offense as the starting point guard in her first career college game, and she rose to the occasion, helping UNH to a road victory over Brown in the season opener. Gaston had an all-around game, recording six points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action. She was critical down the stretch to hold off Brown's late comeback as she iced four free throws in the final four minutes of the contest. Additionally, she was one of only two players in the game with double-digit rebounds.  

FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomores Sarah-Marie Frankenberger and Kelsey Hogan rank one-two in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, clocking in at 75 and 56 percent, respectively. As a team, the Wildcats top the league in the same category at 33 percent on 11-of-33 shooting from beyond the arc.

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