DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team heads back out on the road on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for a conference matchup against the University at Albany at noon. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.
Wednesday's matchup between UNH and Albany will be the 24th 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. Most recently, Albany earned a 60-44 win on Jan. 11 behind Lindsay Lowrie's 23-point effort at Lundholm Gymnasium.
SCOUTING ALBANY (15-9, 9-2 AE):
The University at Albany women's basketball team downed Stony Brook, 57-47, on Saturday … The Great Danes enter Wednesday's game second in the conference standings with a 9-2 league record … Ebone Henry led three players in double-figures with a game-high 16 points … Keyana Williams finished with a season-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Cassandra Callaway was the third player in double-digit scoring with 11 points. Callaway also handed out seven assists in 37 minutes of action. Julie Forster continued to be a force on the boards, grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds, while just missing out on a double-double with nine points. UAlbany outrebounded Stony Brook, 46-24, for the game … Albany leads the league in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 53.0 points per game, including a 47.1 mark in conference play … Albany also leads the league in both rebounding defense (34.4) and steals (10.4) … Forster is the top rebounder in a conference with 9.6 boards per game, while Henry ranks fifth in scoring at 13.7 points per game.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (12-10, 5-5 AE):
New Hampshire dropped its lone contest last week as the Wildcats fell to Hartford on the road 64-46, splitting the season series with the Hawks... Morgan Frame netted 13 points and 12 rebounds for her second-straight double-double... Denise Beliveau posted 11 points, while Kelsey Hogan chipped in with seven points and three assists... The Wildcats shot 31 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Hawks by a 43-39 margin, but committed 22 turnovers... The Hawks scored 24 points off the 22 Wildcat miscues... Beliveau has recorded double-digit scoring performances in seven-straight contests... The Wildcats have three players averaging double-digit scoring, led by Frame with 16.4 points per contest... Beliveau leads the league in scoring since the start of conference play with 15.2 points per game… UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.9) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.4).
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.
Morgan Frame logged 13 points and 12 rebounds at Hartford on Feb. 1 for her second straight double-double and fifth overall this season. Joined with teammate Denise Beliveau's league-leading eight double-doubles, the duo is tied for first in the conference with a combined 13 on the season, sharing the top honor with Albany (Forster-7, Henry-6).
GET TO THE LINE
Wednesday's matchup will feature the best and worst free throw shooting teams in the conference, as UNH leads the league with a 71.9 percent mark at the charity stripe, while Albany is ranked last with a 61.2 free throw percentage.
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 (15.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (41.8, 13-27), and is ranked second in defensive rebounds (6.1).
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 six in 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (44.8), while Beliveau ranks fourth (37.7) and Reed ranks sixth (36.2). As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 32.4 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.
Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 44.8 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 at Hartford, Denise Beliveau climbed the charts in the school record books as she now ranks fourth all-time with 772 boards. She also ranks ninth in scoring (1,247), fifth in 3-point field goals made (129) and sixth in steals (182) all-time in program history.
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.
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 eight double-doubles since Frame entered the lineup.
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 8.5 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.0). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-2 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.
The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top scoring combinations in the conference, averaging 31.1 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 16.0 rebounds per game in the 14-game stretch, leading UNH to an 8-6 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.
New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 71.9 percent mark at the free throw line.
Denise Beliveau netted 11 points at Hartford, scoring in double-figures in 11 of the last 12 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 18 of 22 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 (6.0) and fourth in scoring at 13.9 points per game. Her other top rankings include steals (fourth, 2.1), 3-point field goal percentage (37.7) and rebounding (fifth, 8.5).
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.
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.
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 1,247 career tallies.
Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.4 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.