January 18, 2012

Women’s Basketball Looks For Third Straight Win at Boston U. Thursday (7 p.m.)

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks for its third straight win on Thursday, Jan. 19, traveling to take on first-place Boston University for a 7 p.m. matchup at Case Gymnasium. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Thursday's matchup between New Hampshire and Boston University will be the 65th meeting all-time between the two programs. Boston U. holds a slight lead (35-29) in this longstanding series. The last Wildcat win against the Terriers came at home on Feb. 24, 2007, which resulted in a 74-66 victory. Boston University has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a sweep of the season series in each of the last three years.

SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY (12-6, 5-0 AE):

The Boston University women's basketball team topped Albany, 58-54, to remain undefeated in league play and move into first-place in the standings … The Terriers are 6-0 at home this season … Junior Mo Moran led the Terriers with 17 points while adding five assists and three rebounds … Senior Alex Young tallied 13 points for BU while classmate Caroline Stewart came just shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points … The Terriers shot 34.8 percent (16-of-46) on the night but converted 21-of-30 opportunities from the charity stripe for a 70.0 percent mark … Stewart ranks third in the league in overall rebounding (8.7), while Chantell Alford ranks second in free throw percentage (90.2) and third in steals (2.2) … The Terriers lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (35.9), blocked shots (4.3) and 3-pointers made (5.8).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (10-7, 3-2 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team downed Stony Brook, 63-53, Monday night … The Wildcats are looking for their third straight win and have recorded double-digit wins for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign … Senior Denise Beliveau logged a game-high 19 points against Stony Brook, as she shot 6-of-8 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range, adding three steals … Junior Morgan Frame turned in 11 points and six boards, while junior Cari Reed finished with 10 points … As a team, the Wildcats shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the field, including 50 percent in the first half … On the season, Beliveau ranks second in the conference in rebounding (9.0), second in steals (2.3), third in free throw percentage (85.9), and fifth in scoring (13.6) … Hogan is the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league, clocking in at 45.8 percent from beyond the arc … UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (73.1), 3-point field goal percentage (34.6) and rebounding defense (35.5).

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 Kelly Greenberg returns for her eighth season at the helm of the Boston University women's basketball team. Greenberg has led BU to the America East championship game five times since 2005 and the Terriers have earned at least 15 victories in each of her seven seasons as head coach. The Terriers advanced to the WNIT twice under Greenberg's guidance (2009, 2010) and picked up the program's first-ever postseason win in their first appearance in 2009.

MOVIN' ON UP

Denise Beliveau continues to climb the charts this season, etching her name in the school record books in several statistical categories. She ranks ninth in scoring (1,173), sixth in rebounding (739), seventh in 3-point field goals made (122) and ninth in steals (174) all-time in program history.

PERFECT 10

New Hampshire logged its 10th victory of the season on Jan. 16 in a 63-53 victory over Stony Brook, marking the first time the Wildcats reached double-digit wins since the 2005-06 campaign (15-13). This is also the earliest UNH has reached the 10-win mark since the 1998-99 season (19-8), when the Wildcats picked up their 10th win on Jan. 11.

PAIR OF TWOS

Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame each notched double-double performances in the team's overtime win at Vermont on Saturday. Beliveau posted 15 points and a career-best 17 boards for her league-leading seventh double-double of the season, while Frame added a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds for her third of the season. The duo has combined for six double-doubles since Frame entered the lineup nine games ago. 

BOARD GAMES 

New Hampshire posted 55 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 14, marking the most by any team in the conference this season. Individually, Denise Beliveau grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds, the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks second in the America East in rebounding with 9.0 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.5). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition and currently lead conference in rebounding defense (35.5).

DYNAMIC DUO

The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top scoring combinations in the conference, averaging 32.2 points per game since Frame entered the lineup nine games ago as a mid-year transfer from St. Anselm's College, which accounts for more than half the team's points in the span (51.2 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 17.0 rebounds per game in the nine-game stretch.

JUST KEEP IT CLOSE…

New Hampshire is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season and 2-0 in overtime … UNH has outscored the opposition by a 28-21 margin in overtime periods … The Wildcats have shot 52.9 percent (9-17) from the floor in two overtime contests.

SWEET CHARITY

New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 73.1 percent mark at the free throw line.

OH, CANADA

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.

MAKING IT COUNT

Despite the loss, UNH edged Albany in points-off-turnovers on Jan. 11, as the Wildcats scored 20 points off 19 Great Dane miscues. 

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 45.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks second at 41.3 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 34.6 percent from behind the arc.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 19 points against Stony Brook, scoring in double-figures in six of the last seven contests. She has scored in double-figures in 12 out of 16 games this season. In the America East conference, Beliveau is ranked in the top 10 in eight statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in defensive rebound average (6.5) and is second in overall rebounding at 9.0 per game. Her other top rankings include free throw percentage (third, 85.9), steals (second, 2.3 per game) and scoring (fifth, 13.6 ppg).

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.

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 9th place with 1,173 career tallies.

HOGAN'S HEROES

Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.2 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 15 points and 17 rebounds at Vermont for her league-leading seventh double-double of the season. The senior has notched six of her double-doubles on the road this season, including one on a neutral site against NJIT. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season. 

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.

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