January 31, 2012

Women’s Basketball Looks for Third Straight Win at Hartford Wednesday (7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team hits the road on Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they look for the season sweep over the University of Hartford in a 7 p.m. matchup at Chase Arena. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP 

Wednesday's matchup between New Hampshire and Hartford will be the 57th meeting all-time between the two programs. UNH snapped an 18-game losing skid to the Hawks earlier this season with a 64-45 win at home on Jan. 5, paced by Denise Beliveau's 23-point effort. Before that, the last New Hampshire victory against the Hawks came during the 2002-03 season when the Wildcats swept the series. In that season, the Wildcats earned a 56-53 road victory before grabbing a 60-50 home win. The Wildcats earned victories in seven of the first eight meetings with the Hawks.

SCOUTING HARTFORD (13-10, 4-5 AE):

Hartford scored a pair of league victories last week, defeating Stony Brook at home 63-44 and Albany on the road 65-57 as the Hawks opened up their second trip through the conference schedule… Against the Seawolves, Ruthanne Doherty led three players in double figures with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting... Joining her was rookie Cherelle Moore who finished with 12 points tying her career high and Daphne Elliott who chipped in 11 points... Elliott would lead all players in the Hawks' win at Albany on Saturday afternoon with 17 points. The junior guard would finish the week shooting better than 50 percent overall (9-of-17) and was 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc... Elliott was one of four Hawks in double figures at Albany as Doherty finished with 13 points and Nikkia Smith and Amber Bepko each added 10 points… Hartford leads the conference in field goal percentage (39.5) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (32.5). 

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (12-9, 5-4 AE):

UNH earned a pair of wins last week, first taking down Maine on the road before topping UMBC at home to avenge a loss to the Retrievers in the conference-opener... Morgan Frame paced the Wildcats past UMBC as she posted a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She went 11-of-17 from the field and has now notched four games with 20-plus points this season. Kelsey Hogan registered 15 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the charity stripe and added three assists. Denise Beliveau chipped in with 10 points and four assists... Beliveau led the way against Maine as she matched a season-high 24 points, including a stretch of 13 straight in the second half, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point range. She netted 18 points in the second stanza and hit all five of her free throws during the contest… UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.5) … Since the start of conference play, Beliveau leads the league in scoring with 15.7 points per game.

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 Jennifer Rizzotti returns for her 13th season at the helm of the Hartford women's basketball team. In 12 years as head coach, Rizzotti has won four regular season championships over the past six years, in addition to five tournament championships appearances in nine years and six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Rizzotti, a three-time America East Coach of the Year, led the 2010-11 Hawks to the program's fifth America East Championship and sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

The outcome of Wednesday's matchup might very well be decided beyond the 3-point line. New Hampshire leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (32.5, 107-329), while Hartford ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.9, 76-283). UNH won the battle in this department in the previous meeting as the Wildcats shot 57.1 percent (8-14) from long range. 

ROAD WARRIORS

New Hampshire has been more than comfortable when away from the friendly confines of Lundholm Gymnasium this season as the Wildcats are 7-4 in road games, marking the most since the 2001-02 campaign. UNH, which had just two road victories last season, is averaging 58.9 points per game in away games.

FRAME NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

For the second time this season, Morgan Frame was named the America East Player of the Week on Jan. 30. She averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 assists per game against Maine and UMBC, while going 12-of-24 from the field and 10-of-15 from the charity stripe. Frame was the driving force behind UNH's win over UMBC, avenging a loss to the Retrievers in the conference opener, recording a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds. In her fourth double-double performance of the season, Frame went 11-of-17 from the floor and added three assists. She scored 14 second-half points, including a tough layup with 44 seconds left to stretch the lead to four and seal the 75-68 win. Midweek in Orono, Frame collected eight rebounds and a season-high four assists while scoring seven points. She finished 5-of-6 from the free-throw line against the Black Bears. Frame is averaging 14.6 ppg in league play, third-best in America East, and tearing down 6.7 rpg. She leads the team with 16.7 ppg overall. 

CONFERENCE 'CAT

While Denise Beliveau has established herself as one of the top players in the America East over the course of the season, she has stepped up her game since the start of league play. In conference play, Beliveau leads all players in scoring (15.7), 3-point field goal percentage (52.2, 12-23) and defensive rebounds (6.3), and is ranked third in overall rebounding (8.9).

TRIFECTA TRIO

Kelsey Hogan, Denise Beliveau and Cari Reed make up one of the most lethal 3-point shooting combinations in the America East as all three are ranked in the top five in 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (45.3), while Beliveau ranks second (38.6) and Reed ranks fourth (35.5). As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 32.5 percent from behind the arc.

BELIVEAU NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS FINALIST

University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Denise Beliveau was recently selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

A former America East Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Second Team selection, Beliveau graduated in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Leadership and Children's Health and Disabilities. Beliveau has earned America East Honor Roll accolades four years, including Commissioner's Honor Roll two years, and was named to the Dean's List six semesters. Beliveau was also named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2011.

DEEP THREAT

Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 45.3 percent, shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc against Binghamton. Her four treys tied a season-high as she also netted four 3-pointers in the season-opener at Brown.

MOVIN' ON UP

With five rebounds against UMBC, Denise Beliveau climbed the charts in the school record books as she now ranks fourth all-time with 767 boards. She also ranks ninth in scoring (1,236), fifth in 3-point field goals made (128) and seventh in steals (181) all-time in program history.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Denise Beliveau posted 16 points and 11 rebounds against Binghamton for her league-leading eighth 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.

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 have reached double-digit wins since the 2005-06 campaign (15-13). It was 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 Jan. 14. 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 seven double-doubles since Frame entered the lineup.

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 8.8 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.3). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-1 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.

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 31.6 points per game since Frame entered the lineup as a mid-year transfer from St. Anselm's College, which accounts for more than half the team's points in the span (51.3 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 15.9 rebounds per game in the 13-game stretch, leading UNH to an 8-5 record. 

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 71.5 percent mark at the free throw line.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT 

Denise Beliveau netted 10 points against UMBC, scoring in double-figures in 10 of the last 11 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 17 of 21 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 (6.1) and is second in overall rebounding at 8.6 boards per game. Her other top rankings include free throw percentage (third, 86.1), steals (third, 2.2 per game) and scoring (fourth, 14.0 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.

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.   

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 1,236 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 10.5 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.

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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