DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team heads back out on the road when it travels to the University of Vermont on Jan. 14 for a 3 p.m. matchup at Patrick Gymnasium. The game will be aired locally on WCAXtra. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.
Saturday's matchup between New Hampshire and the University of Vermont will be the 67th meeting between the two programs. Vermont leads the all-time series 33-29. The Wildcats snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Catamounts last season with a 63-59-overtime victory at Lundholm Gymnasium, but then fell, 58-47, in Burlington to split the season series.
SCOUTING VERMONT (8-9, 2-2 AE):
The University of Vermont women's basketball team picked up its second straight win on Wednesday with a 69-48 victory over Binghamton at home … The Catamounts also downed Hartford and now stand at 2-2 in the conference … Lauren Buschmann posted her sixth double-double of the season with game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds against the Bearcats … Tierra Shumpert came off the bench to record a career-best 17 points … Buschmann reached double figures for 14th time in 17 games and seventh straight contest … Annie Wheeler has hit for double digits in the scoring column in three straight games … Vermont has scored 128 second half points in the last three games, an average of 42.6 in the second stanza … Buschmann ranks second in the conference with 14.8 points per game and fifth with 8.4 rebounds per game … Vermont leads the league in scoring, averaging 60.5 points per contest, and is tied for first in assists (12.9) … The Catamounts opened the season with a 6-1 record, but then dropped eight straight games before notching back-to-back conference wins.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (8-7, 1-2 AE):
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Albany, 60-44, at home Wednesday night … The Wildcats stand at 1-2 in league play and 2-4 at home this season … Freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick came off the bench to net a career-high 14 points … Kilpatrick shot 4-of-6 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in 14 minutes of action … The Wildcats shot a combined 92.9 percent (13-14) from the charity stripe … Denise Beliveau paced the lineup with five rebounds … The Wildcats shot 26.4 percent from the floor, but scored 20 points off 19 Albany turnovers … Beliveau is tied for first in the league with six double-doubles on the season and ranks first in free throw percentage (91.1), third in rebounding (8.6), third in steals (2.1) and fifth in scoring (13.) … Hogan is the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league, clocking in at 46.8 percent from beyond the arc … UNH leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (35.9) and rebounding defense (34.9).
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 Lori Gear McBride returns for her second season at the helm of the Vermont women's basketball team. In her first season, Gear McBride led the Catamounts to a 5-25 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference play. Gear McBride, who won an NCAA National Championship as a member of the University of North Carolina squad in 1994, comes to Vermont after spending the past five seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Colby College.
Kaylee Kilpatrick posted career numbers in UNH's home loss to Albany as she came off the bench and scored a team-high 14 points. She shot 4-of-6 from the field and went 7-of-8 at the free throw line, adding a pair of blocks. Her previous game-high was a six-point performance at Central Connecticut.
SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Saturday's matchup will feature two lineups used to dominating the rebounding department, although in opposite fashions. Vermont leads the America East in rebounding offense (40.4), while UNH ranks first in the league in rebounding defense (34.9).
MAKING IT COUNT
Despite the loss, UNH edged Albany in points-off-turnovers Wednesday night, as the Wildcats scored 20 points off 19 Great Dane miscues.
New Hampshire went 13-of-14 at the free throw line against Albany as the Wildcats pace the league with a 72.7 percent mark at the free throw line. Individually, Denise Beliveau leads the conference and ranks sixth in Division I in free throw percentage, shooting 41-of-45 (91.1) at the charity stripe this season.
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.
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.
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 46.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks second at 43.8 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 35.9 percent from behind the arc.
Denise Beliveau netted 23 points against Hartford, scoring in double-figures for the fourth straight contest. She has scored in double-figures in 11 out of 15 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 (6.1) and is third in overall rebounding at 8.6 per game. Her other top rankings include scoring (fifth, 13.1 ppg) and steals (third, 2.3 per game).
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Denise Beliveau grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds at UMBC, marking the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks third in the America East in rebounding with 8.6 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.1). As a team, the Wildcats are 8-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition and currently rank second in the conference in defensive rebound percentage (67.9).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1,139 career tallies.
Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.5 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.
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.