January 10, 2012

Women’s Basketball Plays Host to Albany Wednesday (7 p.m.)

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to move above .500 in conference play, facing off against the University at Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Lundholm Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. matchup. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup between UNH and Albany will be the 23rd meeting all-time between the two programs. The two teams split the season series last season, as the Wildcats picked up a 60-46 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium after falling on the road by a 62-56 decision in overtime, and also split during the 2009-10 campaign. In the year prior, the 'Cats swept the season series against the Great Danes. Before the 2008-09 campaign, the Great Danes had won three of the previous four meetings against the 'Cats, including a season sweep in the 2007-08 series. 

SCOUTING ALBANY (9-7, 3-0 AE):

The University at Albany women's basketball team knocked off Stony Brook, 57-32, Sunday afternoon to stay undefeated in conference play … The Great Danes moved to 3-0 and first place in the league standings as one of two undefeated teams in the conference … Ebone Henry scored 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, while also recording six rebounds, five assists and four steals … Lindsey Lowrie added eight points for UAlbany, going 2-for-2 from 3-point range, and recorded two steals … UAlbany shot 54.5-percent (18-33) from the floor, including going 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) from long distance … The Great Danes forced the Seawolves into 23 turnovers, including 15 steals, and outrebounded Stony Brook, 28-20 … Henry ranks second in the conference in scoring (14.6), while Julie Forster is the league's top rebounder with 9.8 boards per contest … Albany leads the league with 11.5 steals per game, paced by Henry with a league-leading 2.6 steals per contest. 

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-6, 1-1 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team downed reigning conference champion Hartford, 64-45, Thursday evening … The Wildcats now stand at 1-1 in the league and 8-6 on the season … Denise Beliveau posted 23 points and seven boards, both game highs, as she shot 9-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, finishing with three assists and two steals … Morgan Frame finished with 15 points and Kelsey Hogan added 13 tallies to round out the double-figure scorers … As a team, the Wildcats shot 44.4 percent (24-54) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-14) from long range … Beliveau leads the league with six double-doubles on the season and ranks in the top-10 in nine statistical categories … She is atop the leaderboard in both free throw percentage (.911) and defensive rebound average (6.3 rpg) and is second in overall rebounding (8.9), fourth in steals (2.2) and fifth in scoring (13.8) … Hogan is the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league, clocking in at 47.8 percent from beyond the arc … UNH leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (36.0) and rebounding defense (34.6). 

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 Katie Abrahamson-Henderson returns for her second season at the helm of the Albany women's basketball team. In her first season, Abrahamson-Henderson led the Great Danes to a 16-13 overall record and a 9-7 mark in conference play. Abrahamson-Henderson, the 10th head coach in the UAlbany program's history, was previously the associate head coach at Indiana University. She also served as Missouri State University's head coach from 2002-07, leading that program to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

BACK-TO-BACK…

For the second time in as many weeks, Denise Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 9. Beliveau averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two league contests last week. She also shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the field and improved her league-leading free-throw shooting with a perfect (10-for-10) performance combined in the two games. The forward added 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc to her weekly resumé. Beliveau recorded her league-leading sixth double-double of the season on Monday at UMBC with 17 points and 16 boards, finishing with three assists. She then led the Wildcats past Hartford with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance, leading all players in both categories. Beliveau hit 3-of-5 three-pointers against the Hawks, and netted eight straight points with a pair of treys midway through the first half to establish an early 13-point UNH advantage. In conference games this year, Beliveau is first in America East in scoring and free-throw percentage, second in rebounds, third in three-point field-goal percentage and fourth in field-goal percentage. She ranks sixth in Division I with a 91.1 percent mark at the charity stripe. 

…TO BACK

Denise Beliveau's most recent America East Player of the Week honor marks the third straight weekly honor for a member of the UNH squad as Morgan Frame earned the title on Dec. 26. Out of the nine Player of the Week honors so far this season, three have gone to a UNH player.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 23 points against Hartford, scoring in double-figures for the fourth straight contest. She now has scored in double-figures in 11 out of 14 games this season. In the America East conference, Beliveau is ranked in the top 10 in nine statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in both free throw percentage (.911) and defensive rebound average (6.3) and is second in overall rebounding at 8.9 per game. Her other top rankings include scoring (fifth, 13.8 ppg) and steals (fourth, 2.2 per game).

ON THE OFFENSIVE

New Hampshire has picked up the offense in conference play this season as the team leads the league in scoring with 64.5 point per game. In America East play, UNH also ranks first in eight other statistical categories, including free throw percentage (83.9), 3-point field goal percentage (43.3.), 3-point field goal percentage defense (20.0) and assists (14.5).

DYNAMIC DUO

The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top power combinations in the conference, averaging 36.1 points per game since Frame entered the lineup six games ago which accounts for more than half the team's points (56%) in that span. Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 17.2 rebounds per game in the six-game stretch. The Wildcats are 4-2 since Frame entered the lineup.

SWEET CHARITY

Denise Beliveau went 10-of-10 at the free throw line last week as she now leads the conference and ranks sixth in Division I in free throw percentage, shooting 41-of-45 (91.1) at the charity stripe. As a team, the Wildcats pace the league with a 71.5 percent mark at the free throw line. 

CRASHING THE BOARDS

Denise Beliveau grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds at UMBC, marking the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding with 8.9 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.3). As a team, the Wildcats are 8-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition and currently lead the conference in defensive boards (34.6). 

RISING TO THE (CYCLONE) CHALLENGE

Denise Beliveau enjoyed her trip to Ames, Iowa as the senior averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge. In the consolation game against NJIT, Beliveau poured in a season-high 24 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. The senior was highly efficient from the floor as she shot 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. Her sharpshooting efforts fueled the Wildcats to a victory as she halted a 13-2 NJIT run with eight straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to put UNH back in contention after an early deficit. Beliveau also logged double-digits in the opener against Big-12-foe Iowa State as she chipped in 12 points and added four steals, en route to All-Tournament Team and America East Player of the Week honors.

STARTING STRONG

The UNH starting five accounted for all but two of the team's 79 points in the win over NJIT on Dec. 30. Denise Beliveau led the way with 24 points, while Morgan Frame (20), Kelsey Hogan (13) and Abigail LaRosa (11) also reached double-figures. Cari Reed just missed the mark with nine points and also dished out a career-best seven assists. In all, the team's 79 total points mark the highest scoring output of the season.

SETTING NEW MARKS

Kelley Flynn recorded season highs of 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks at Iowa State in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge (Dec. 29). The double-digit mark was Flynn's highest scoring output since the season-opener at Brown when she notched 8 points.  

FRAMEWORK

Morgan Frame, a junior transfer from St. Anselm's College, erupted for a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds at Wagner in just her second career game as a Wildcat. Frame shot 15-for-26 from the floor to pace the Wildcats and fell just one point shy of matching the school record for points in a game, earning America East Player of the Week honors for her efforts. She also collected three steals in 41 minutes off the bench. Frame was instrumental throughout the contest as she scored nearly half of UNH's points in the first stanza (13-of-27) to keep the Wildcats within reach at halftime. She went on to net 18 in the second half and four points in overtime to seal the victory. Frame notched a double-double in each of her first two games after becoming eligible as a mid-year transfer last season and is now averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 boards per game this season.

LEADING THE LEAGUE

Only two players have netted 30-point performances in the America East this season, and both belong to New Hampshire. Morgan Frame owns the highest single-game effort in the league with a 35-point outing at Wagner, while Cari Reed represents the other member of the club with a 32-point showing against Harvard. Additionally, Frame's 15 field goals and Reed's eight 3-pointers are also single-game league-best efforts this season. 

CARDIAC 'CATS

New Hampshire has played its best basketball in close games this season, as the team is a near-perfect 4-1 in games decided by five points or less. UNH downed Wagner, 73-72, in overtime, thanks to a last-second jumper by Denise Beliveau in extra time. Earlier in the season, Kelsey Hogan tipped in a game-winning buzzer-beater to help UNH beat Cornell. In both those contests, Cari Reed kept the Wildcats in the game with a late 3-pointer, including a timely distance shot at Wagner to send the game into overtime.   

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.

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 tied three others for the second-highest single-game three-point field goals made in America East history.

BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS

Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points 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 list and now sits alone in 10th place with 1,135 career tallies.

FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan and junior Cari Reed rank one-two in the America East for 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the league at 47.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks second at 43.5 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 36.0 percent from behind the arc. 

HOGAN'S HEROES

Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game, netting double-digit numbers in nine games. A proven player in crunch time situations, Hogan posted 15 points at Cornell, including the game-winning basket with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to secure the, 63-62 victory. In UNH's season-opener at Brown, Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown and also added a career-high nine boards. Hogan went on to best that mark with 10 rebounds against Seton Hall.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Denise Beliveau posted 17 points and 16 rebounds at UMBC for her league-leading sixth double-double of the season. The performance marked the second of back-to-back double-doubles after a 24-point, 12-rebound performance against NJIT. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

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