DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team wraps up its regular season with a matchup against Binghamton University on Saturday, Feb. 25 (2 p.m.) at the Events Center. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.
Saturday's matchup between New Hampshire and Binghamton will be the 24th meeting all-time between the two programs. The Bearcats have swept the season series in each of the last four years and hold a 16-5 lead in the all-time series. The teams last met on Jan. 22 as the Bearcats earned a 64-55 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium behind a balanced scoring attack with five double-digit scorers. Prior to Binghamton's recent 11-game winning streak, UNH had won three of the previous five meetings, all of which came in Lundholm Gymnasium.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON (12-16, 6-9 AE):
The Binghamton University women's basketball team fell at Albany, 69-37, on Wednesday… The Bearcats have dropped three in a row, all road games… Senior guards Orla O'Reilly and Andrea Holmes each had a team high eight points… With the loss, the Bearcats are now entrenched as the No. 6 seed entering next week's America East Tournament despite still having one regular season game left to play… The last time Binghamton entered as lower than a No. 5 seed came in 2003, when it was seeded No. 7… Holmes ranks second in the conference in scoring with 14.4 points per game, while Viive Rebane ranks sixth in rebounding (8.4)… As a team, Binghamton leads the league in defensive rebounding percentage (67.9), but rank last in offensive rebounds (11.5).
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (14-12, 7-7 AE):
New Hampshire downed rival Maine, 65-53, in the team's senior night and home finale on Wednesday… The Wildcats have won back-to-back contests, sweeping the season series against both Stony Brook and Maine… The Wildcats guaranteed their first winning season since 2005-06 by improving to 15-12 on the season… UNH, which will earn either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed in the upcoming America East Championship tournament, knows it will oppose UMBC in the quarterfinals… Beliveau led the way against Maine with 16 points and seven rebounds… Morgan Frame finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Kelley Flynn added a season-high 11 points. Cari Reed rounded out the quartet of double-digit scorers with 10 points, including three 3-pointers… Beliveau leads the league in defensive rebounds per game (6.1), while the Wildcats lead the league in both free throw percentage (70.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.8).
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 Nicole Scholl returns for her fourth season at the helm of the Binghamton women's basketball team. Binghamton went 19-12 during the 2010-11 season, tying its Division I era record for victories in a season. In addition, the Bearcats went 11-5 in conference play and defeated all eight opponents at least once during the regular season. In Scholl's three seasons as the head coach, Binghamton has had the America East Rookie of the Year twice (Andrea Holmes in 2009 and Jasbreill Swain in 2011), six all-conference picks and three all-rookie selections.
After Wednesday's win over Maine, UNH knows it will face off against UMBC in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament, with official seeding yet to be determined. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds will play on Friday, March 2 at 2:15 p.m. UNH and UMBC split the season series as each team held serve at home.
UNH had four players score in double-figures against Maine, marking the first time the team accomplished the feat since Dec. 30 in a win over NJIT. Denise Beliveau led the attack with a game-high 16 points, followed by Morgan Frame (13), Kelley Flynn (11) and Cari Reed (10).
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FROM MAINE
Morgan Frame has been solid over the last three games, averaging 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. She also added a double-double against Boston U, giving her seven on the season.
RETURN TO FORM
After hitting just six 3-pointers in the previous eight contests, Cari Reed returned to her sharpshooting ways against Stony Brook on Saturday as she went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. She followed it up with a 3-of-4 performance against Maine for a 7-of-11 (63.6) clip from long range over the past two games.
A McKNIGHT'S TALE
Bridgette McKnight provided a strong offensive presence off the bench against Stony Brook as she tied season-highs of 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
UNH downed Vermont by a 58-48 decision at home on Feb. 11, completing the season sweep over the Catamounts for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. The Wildcats have also swept past Stony Brook and Maine this season.
Teammates Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame both posted double-double performances at Albany on Feb. 8 and the duo now leads the conference with a combined 16 double-doubles on the season. Beliveau leads the league with nine, followed by Frame tied for second with seven.
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 ranks second in scoring (14.7), second in 3-point percentage (42.6) and fourth in rebounding (8.5).
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.
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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-5 in 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (43.4), while Beliveau ranks third (37.5) and Reed ranks fourth (36.7). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.8 percent from behind the arc.
Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 43.4 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
After posting 16 points against Maine, Denise Beliveau continues to climb the charts in the school record books as she now ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 1,316 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (814), fourth in 3-point field goals made (139) and third in steals (193) all-time in program history.
Denise Beliveau posted 19 points and 14 rebounds at Albany for her league-leading ninth double-double of the season. The senior has notched seven 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.
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 fifth in the America East in rebounding with 8.5 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.1). As a team, the Wildcats are 10-3 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 30.5 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 (50.6 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 15.8 rebounds per game in the 18-game stretch, leading UNH to a 10-8 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 a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line against Manhattan. The Wildcats pace the league with a 70.2 percent mark at the free throw line.
Denise Beliveau netted 16 points against Maine, scoring in double-figures in 15 of the last 17 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 22 of 27 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 fourth in scoring at 13.9 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (third, 37.5), rebounding (fifth, 8.5) and steals (fifth, 2.1).
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.
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 seventh place with 1,316 career tallies.
Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.0 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.