Women’s Basketball Hosts Manhattan Friday Night

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team caps off a three-game home stretch on Friday, Dec. 9 when they welcome Manhattan College to Lundholm Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and live video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT

DURHAM, N.H.Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) erupted for a career-high 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team came up on the short end of a 69-62 loss to Harvard on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Reed notched 27 second-half points, connecting on her first seven 3s of the stanza, to help UNH rally from 14 points down to take a 52-50 lead, but the Crimson responded with a 9-0 run and withstood Reed's heroic effort down the stretch to escape with the win.

Reed, the America East Player of the Game, shot 11-for-17 from the floor and 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, finishing four tallies shy of the school record for points scored. Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded 11 points and added six rebounds and two steals. Senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) posted nine points with six rebounds and a game-high six assists.  

As a team, the Wildcats connected for 12 treys, shooting at a 52.2 percent clip from downtown. Victoria Lippert led Harvard offensively with 17 points, while Christine Clark and Brogan Berry notched 16 and 15 points, respectively.

New Hampshire fell to 3-4 on the season and Harvard improved to 3-4 by defeating the 'Cats for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings between the non-conference rivals.

Harvard raced out to a 15-2 lead, courtesy of a 12-0 run, but UNH responded with seven straight points as Reed scored on a putback, LaRosa registered a steal, a layup and a free throw to complete a conventional three-point play, and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) finished from under the basket to trim the Crimson lead to 15-9. 

While the Wildcats held the Crimson to 35.7 percent shooting (10-for-28) in the half, Harvard buried 6 of 13 from 3-point land and 7 of 10 from the free throw line to nab a 33-21 halftime lead. Clark produced 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.

Reed began to heat up right after intermission as she dropped her first two shots from 3-point land, but the Crimson kept pace with the Wildcats and held a 43-30 advantage at the 16:33 mark. After the first media timeout, Reed and Lippert swapped trifectas, but Reed followed with back-to-back treys to pull the 'Cats within six, 45-39.

After Lippert answered with another 3-pointer, the Wildcats countered with 10 unanswered points as Reed knocked down a short fade-away jumper to push the home side on top, 49-48, with 8:30 left to play. Harvard quickly took back the lead on a jumper by Lippert, but the Wildcats answered once again with Reed as the junior drilled her seventh 3-pointer of the night for the 52-50 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.

The Crimson responded with a 9-0 stretch for the 59-52 lead with 3:30 left in the game, a lead they would not relinquish for the duration, but the Wildcats made it interesting down the stretch. After Beliveau connected for a basket in the paint and with a missed layup on the other end, Reed hit her eighth 3-pointer to pull the 'Cats within one point with 48 seconds left to play, but the Crimson hit all the necessary free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

The 'Cats shot 46.4 percent from the floor in the second half and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc in the stanza.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will take on non-conference opponent Manhattan at home, marking the sixth meeting all-time between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 season. The last matchup came on Dec. 3 of last season when the Jaspers picked up a 68-51 victory in Riverdale, N.Y. to gain a 3-2 edge in the series. Before that, the Wildcats got the best of the Jaspers on Nov. 22, 2002, earning a 47-43 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats claimed the first win in the all-time series, earning a 79-61 victory over the Jaspers on March 12, 1983. 

SCOUTING MANHATTAN (2-5, 0-0 MAAC):

The Manhattan College women's basketball team fell to Lafayette, 48-43, on the road on Saturday afternoon … The Jaspers stormed back from 14 points down to take a one-point lead, but could not secure the victory … Lindsey Loutsenhizer finished just shy of her second double-double in three games … She tallied a game-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds … Schyanne Halfkenny added nine points, while Nadia Peters collected a team-best 10 boards to go along with four steals and two blocks … Blair dished out three assists … It was a rough shooting day for the Jaspers, as Manhattan shot just 27.4 percent (17-of-62) from the field, 20 percent (5-of-25) from downtown, and 36.4 percent (4-of-11) at the free throw line … On the season, Loutsenhizer ranks fifth in the MAAC with 14.0 points per game and third in rebounding with 7.0 boards per contest … The Jaspers ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 38.5 percent from the floor.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-4, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Harvard University, 69-62, at home Tuesday night, marking the first loss of the season against an Ivy League opponent … The Wildcats are 3-1 on the season against the Ancient Eight, picking up road wins over Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth … Cari Reed netted a career-high 32 points in the contest, including a school-record eight 3-pointers … Reed shot 11-for-17 from the floor and 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, finishing four tallies shy of the school record for points scored … Denise Beliveau notched double figures with 11 points, while Abigail LaRosa provided an all-around game with nine points, six rebounds and six assists … Reed now leads the America East in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0, 16-32) and 3-pointers made (2.7) … Reed's efforts also propelled UNH to a league-leading 31.5 field goal percentage from long range … Beliveau and Reed both rank inside the top-15 in the league in scoring with 11.9 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.

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 John Olenowski returns for his third season at the helm of the Manhattan women's basketball team. In just two seasons, the 20-year coaching veteran has already left his mark.  Olenowski led the Jaspers to a school-record 24 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) during the 2010-11 season. While at Manhattan, he has compiled a 39-25 record, and his .609 winning percentage is the highest in program history.

CARI THE LOAD

Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard on Tuesday night. The previous school record was six 3-pointers, a mark shared by eight different Wildcats including Reed, while her 32 points are the most in the America East this season and the most by a Wildcat since Maren Matthias dropped 30 points on Dec. 13, 2002. Reed's eight treys rank second all-time in America East play and helped boost her numbers across the board this season. She now leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (50.0, 16-32) and 3-pointers made (2.7) and ranks fourth in field goal percentage (46.2, 24-52).

BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS

Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points in Saturday's game against Holy Cross, becoming the 16th player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She entered the contest at 999 and achieved the feat with her first basket of the game on a layup at the 18:18 mark of the first half. On that same basket, Beliveau also passed Heidi Plencner on the all-time scoring and now sits alone in 15th place with 1,014 career tallies. 

FROM DOWNTOWN

Junior Cari Reed and sophomore Kelsey Hogan both rank inside the top-five in the America East for 3-point field goal percentage. Reed leads the league at 50.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Hogan ranks third in the conference at 44.0 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 35.1 percent from behind the arc. 

TRIPLE THREAT

The Wildcats boast three players averaging double-digits is scoring though seven games this season. Denise Beliveau leads the lineup with 11.9 points per game, while Cari Reed and Kelsey Hogan clock in at 11.3 and 10.0, respectively.

SWEET CHARITY

Denise Beliveau tops the conference in free throw shooting percentage this season with a near perfect 16-of-17 (94.1) at the charity stripe. As a team, the Wildcats rank third in the league at 67.6 percent, trailing only UMBC (77.3) and Stony Brook (71.4).

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