Women’s Basketball Takes On Rhode Island Sunday

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team kicks off a five-game road stretch on Sunday, Dec. 18 when they visit the University of Rhode Island for a 4:30 p.m. matchup at the Ryan Center. Links to live stats and live video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Sunday's matchup between New Hampshire and Rhode Island marks the 26th all-time meeting between the two programs as the Wildcats hold a 16-9 advantage in the series. UNH has earned victories in seven of the previous eight matchups, including an 88-74 win in triple overtime last season at Lundholm Gymnasium. Rhode Island notched a 75-61 win in the first meeting between the two squads during the 1976-77 campaign. After that contest, UNH earned wins in nine of the next 12 meetings, including five straight.  

SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND (1-10, 0-0 A-10):

The Rhode Island women's basketball team fell to Quinnipiac, 72-67, in overtime at home on Dec. 10, dropping to 1-10 on the season … Corinne Coia paced the Rams with a career-high 19 points off the bench, shooting 7-of-14 from the floor …  Sherrie Session posted a team-high seven rebounds, while Ashley Rivera recorded eight assists, a new career high … The Rams shot a season-high 53.1% (26-49), marking the first time this season they shot better than 50-percent from the field … The Rams dished out a season-high 19 assists, but committed 20 turnovers which led directly to 26 of the Bobcats' points … Four different Rams scored in double figures for the first time this season – Coia (19), Rivera (15), Cloutier (11) and Lewis (10) … URI started the season with two straight losses and then topped Providence, 52-43, for its lone victory of the season … The Rams have lost eight straight contests … As a team, Rhode Island ranks second in the Atlantic-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (38.1, 40-105).

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

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team ousted Manhattan, 57-42, on Dec. 9 for the team's first home win of the season … The Wildcats now stand even at 4-4 heading into a five-game road stretch … Denise Beliveau paced all players with 17 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season … She shot 6-of-8 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line … Kelsey Hogan added 14 points, including 6-of-6 from the line … As a team, the Wildcats shot 48.8 percent from the field and limited the Jaspers to just 26.6 percent shooting from the floor … UNH was perfect from the charity stripe, hitting all 13 free throw shots … On the season, Beliveau ranks first in the America East in free throw percentage (95.5) and second in rebounding (9.1) … Hogan and Cari Reed rank second and third, respectively, in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.8 and 44.7 percent … As a team, the Wildcats lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage (33.8) and rebounding offense (34.6) … UNH is 3-1 on the road this season.

MODEL OF EFFICIENCY

New Hampshire shot a season-best 48.8 percent from the field in the team's win over Manhattan on Dec. 9, hitting 20-of-41 from the floor. Denise Beliveau paced the team with a game-high 17 points, shooting a season-best 75 percent from the floor (6-8).  Additionally, the Wildcats were a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, marking the best single-game effort in the conference this season. Kelsey Hogan paced the lineup as she hit all six of her free throws down stretch to ice the victory.

CRASHING THE BOARDS

Denise Beliveau grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds against Manhattan, marking the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding with 9.1 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.8). As a team, the Wildcats are 4-0 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition and currently lead the conference in defensive boards (34.6). 

CARI THE LOAD

Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard. 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 ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goals made (2.4), third in 3-point field goal percentage (44.7, 17-38) and sixth in field goal percentage (44.3, 27-61).

FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan and junior Cari Reed both rank inside the top-five in the America East for 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan ranks second the league at 44.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks third in the conference at 44.7 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 33.8 percent from behind the arc.

TRIPLE THREAT

The Wildcats boast three players averaging double-digits is scoring though eight games this season. Denise Beliveau leads the lineup with 12.5 points per game, while Cari Reed and Kelsey Hogan clock in at 10.7 and 10.5, respectively.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Senior Denise Beliveau has already logged four double-doubles in just eight games this season, with three coming on the road against Ivy League teams. She dropped in 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener at Brown, and posted 18 points and 10 boards at Cornell, leading all players in both categories. After recording 15 points and 13 rebounds at Dartmouth, she led all players with 17 points and 14 rebounds against Manhattan. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

SWEET CHARITY

Denise Beliveau tops the conference in free throw shooting percentage this season with a near perfect 21-of-22 (95.5) at the charity stripe. As a team, the Wildcats rank second in the league at 71.3 percent, trailing only UMBC (75.0).

CARI THE LOAD

Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard. 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 ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goals made (2.4), third in 3-point field goal percentage (44.7, 17-38) and sixth in field goal percentage (44.3, 27-61).

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