DURHAM, N.H. – The fourth-seeded University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will take on fifth-seeded UMBC in the quarterfinals of the 2012 America East Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own at the University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena on Friday, March 2 (2:15 p.m.).
Links to video, audio, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The game will also be broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network and will be streaming live at www.AmericaEast.com.
Single-session tickets for the 2012 America East Basketball Championship will go on sale Monday, February 27, while all-session packages are currently available. For more information on how to purchase tickets and the championship, visit Championship Central.
The winner of the UNH/UMBC quarterfinal matchup will meet the winner of the game between top-seeded Boston University and No. 9 Stony Brook/No. 8 Maine on Sunday, March 4 (11:04 a.m.).
THE MATCHUP (UMBC)
Friday's matchup between New Hampshire and UMBC will be the 18th meeting all-time between the two programs. New Hampshire won four of the first six meetings against UMBC, but the Retrievers swept the season series last year after the two squads split the season series the previous three years. UMBC leads the close series (9-8) with its most recent victory coming earlier this season as the Retrievers stormed back for a 67-65 victory at the RAC Arena. UNH avenged the loss on Jan. 28 with a 75-68 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium.
SCOUTING UMBC (15-14, 9-7 AE):
Last time out, UMBC beat the University of Vermont, 72-60, on Feb. 25 at RAC Arena to close out the regular season … Four different players reached double-digit points in the win … Senior guard Michelle Kurowski scored a game-high 21 points for the Retrievers in the final regular season game of her career … Senior Erin Brown added 11 points and seven rebounds … Center Topé Obajolu recorded nine points, five rebounds, five blocked shots, and four assists … With the home win, the Retrievers ended conference play with a 6-2 record at home … Brown ranks second in the America East in scoring with 14.4 points per game … Kurowski also appears in the top-five in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game for fifth in the league … Kurowski's 89.1 free-throw percentage places her first in the league … As a team, the Retrievers hold the second highest scoring total in the league, averaging 59.8 points per game … Opposing teams averaged 58.7 points per game against the Retrievers, which ranked sixth in the league … Freshman Lauren Chase ranks first in the America East in assists, posting 4.6 helpers per game.
THE MATCHUP (BOSTON U.)
A potential matchup between UNH and Boston University would be the 67th meeting all-time between the two programs. Boston U. holds a slight lead (37-29) 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 nine of the last 10 meetings, including a sweep of the season series in each of the last four years.
SCOUTING BOSTON (22-7, 15-1 AE):
Boston University ended the regular season with a win over the University of Hartford, 56-51, to secure the regular season title … Junior Mo Moran scored a season-high 20 points and added six rebounds to pace the Terriers … Rashidat Agboola added 12 points and eight rebounds … BU ended conference play with an 8-0 record on the road … Moran ranks first on the team in assists, with 4.2 per game, and minutes, with 36.3 per game … Her 4.2 assists per game finished second in the America East … Agboola ranked second in the league in rebounds (8.6) and total blocked shots (38) … Three Terriers averaged more than 10 points per game, made up by Moran, Agboola, and junior Chantell Alford … The Terriers ranked first in the America East in scoring offense (59.9), scoring margin (+6.8), field goal percentage defense (.347), and blocked shots (4.0).
THE MATCHUP (MAINE)
A potential matchup between New Hampshire and Maine would mark the 72nd meeting all-time between the two rivals. Maine leads the all-time series (45-26), however, the Wildcats have earned victories in nine of the last 12 meetings. The Black Bears earned wins in both regular season meetings during the 2009-10 season, but the Wildcats have claimed wins in five straight contests, including a series sweep the last two seasons.
SCOUTING MAINE (7-22, 4-12 AE):
The University of Maine finished the regular season with a win over Stony Brook, 45-40, at Alfond Arena to earn the No. 8 seed… Senior guard Brittany Williams registered 12 points and seven rebounds in the win … Senior forward Samantha Baranowski added nine points and nine rebounds … Baranowski led the Black Bears with 9.8 points per game on the season … She also led the America East in field goal percentage, shooting .488 from the floor … Freshman guard Courtney Anderson started 23 games for Maine and led the team with 2.8 assists per game … Williams ranked second on the team in points per game with 8.4, highlighted by a 19-point output against Rhode Island on Nov. 13 … Maine will be looking for its first win in the tournament since defeating Albany 73-56 on March 9, 2006.
THE MATCHUP (STONY BROOK)
A potential matchup between New Hampshire and Stony Brook would be the 26th meeting all-time between the two programs. UNH leads the all-time series 17-8 and has won eight of the last 10 games against the Seawolves. The two teams split the season series during the 2009-10 campaign, with each claiming a win at home, before the Wildcats swept the season series each of the last two seasons.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK (4-25, 1-15 AE):
The Seawolves dropped their final two games of the regular season, falling at home to Hartford and on the road to Maine ... Senior Tamiel Murray finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists... Stony Brook held Maine to 29 percent shooting ... The Seawolves trailed 44-35 with 3:27 left but then scored seven straight points, cutting the Hartford lead to two on a lay-up from junior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 35 seconds left... Davis led the Seawolves with 12 points against the Hawks... Stony Brook will face Maine in the opening round of the 2012 America East Tournament for the second straight season.
FRAMING THE RETRIEVERS
Morgan Frame has put up some big numbers against UMBC, averaging 25 points in two games against the Retrievers this season. She scored 23 points in a losing effort on Jan. 2 followed by a 27-point burst in the Jan. 28 win at Lundholm Gymnasium. Frame's 25 points per game against the Retrievers is her highest scoring average against any conference opponent.
Denise Beliveau has appeared in four playoff games in her UNH career, marking the most by any member of the Wildcats. Beliveau enters Friday's matchup averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in the playoffs. In the first round of the 2010 America East Tournament, Beliveau's 11-point, 8-rebound effort led the Wildcats to a 65-60 win over Maine.
The 'Cats enter the playoffs on a three-game winning streak, including four wins in their last five games, and highlighted by 65-53 victory against Maine on senior night. Denise Beliveau has led the way for UNH, averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds in that span.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Abigail LaRosa saved her best game for the regular season finale as she recorded a season-high 12 points the team's overtime win at Binghamton. LaRosa tied a career-high with four 3-pointers in the contest while her 12 points marked the second game she has recorded double-digit points this season. She previously registered 11 points in a win against NJIT on Dec. 30.
FANTASTIC FOUR WILL SCORE
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).
JUST KEEP IT CLOSE…
New Hampshire is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season and 3-0 in overtime … UNH has outscored the opposition by a 43-29 margin in overtime periods … The Wildcats have shot 57.1 percent (12-21) from the floor in two overtime contests.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FROM MAINE
Morgan Frame has been solid over the last four games, averaging 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest, while shooting 42.9 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 Feb. 18 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 two-game span.
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 17 double-doubles on the season. Beliveau paced the league with 10, 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 action, Beliveau finished the regular season ranked second in scoring (14.7), third in 3-point percentage (39.1) and fifth in rebounding (8.7).
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 (42.4), while Reed ranks third (36.7) and Beliveau ranks fourth (35.5). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.6 percent from behind the arc.
Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 42.4 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 14 points at Binghamton, Denise Beliveau continues to climb the charts in the school record books as she now ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 1,330 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (826), fourth in 3-point field goals made (139) and third in steals (193) all-time in program history.
Denise Beliveau posted 14 points and 12 rebounds at Binghamton for her league-best 10th double-double of the season. The senior has notched eight 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 third in the America East in rebounding with 8.6 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.2). As a team, the Wildcats are 11-3 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.
The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is 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 16.0 rebounds per game in the 20-game stretch, leading UNH to a 12-8 record.
New Hampshire went a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line against Manhattan. The Wildcats pace the league with a 70.9 percent mark at the free throw line.
Denise Beliveau netted 14 points at Binghamton, scoring in double-figures in 16 of the last 18 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 23 of 28 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 (6.2) and is fourth in scoring at 13.9 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (fourth, 35.5), rebounding (third, 8.6) 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.
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 seventh place with 1,330 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.