ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, under the guidance of third-year head coach Maureen Magarity, tied for fourth place in the 2012-13 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released at Tuesday's America East Men's and Women's Basketball Media Day, which was held at SEFCU Arena. Senior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
UNH received 37 points to tie with the University of Vermont behind the University at Albany (61 points; five first-place votes), Boston University (56; two) and University of Hartford (54; two). UMBC (34), University of Maine (17), Binghamton University (16) and Stony Brook University (12) complete the nine-team poll.
The Wildcats return 11 letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's team that went 9-7 in America East to finish fourth in the conference standings, which marked the team's highest finish since the 2005 team placed third, and 16-14 overall after advancing to the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational.
In her first year as a UNH Wildcat in 2012, Frame led the team in scoring (16.0 points per game) and ranked second in rebounds (7.5 per game) to garner America East All-Conference Second Team recognition. She would have led the league in scoring and ranked No. 8 in rebounding if she met the minimum requirement of 75% games played (Frame played in 22 of 30 games – 73.3%).
Frame led New Hampshire in field goal percentage (.443), and she also attempted the most free throws despite missing eight games (due to NCAA transfer regulations).
The 6-foot-1 forward, a two-time America East Player of the Week honoree who was named UNH's America East Player of the Game five times, ranked second among Wildcats in field goals attempted and made as well as made free throws.
Frame was UNH's top scorer 12 times (in 22 games) and the top rebounder nine times; she led the squad in both statistics seven times and tallied seven double-doubles, including a 35-point, 12-rebound effort against Wagner in just her second game as a Wildcat. The 35 points marked the highest single-game output by any America East player last year.
Frame is joined on the Preseason All-Conference Team by Chantel Alford (BU), Ruthanne Doherty (Hartford), Julie Forster (Albany), Ebony Henry (Albany) and Mo Moran (BU).
New Hampshire opens the 2012-13 season Nov. 14 (7 p.m.) at Yale University. The Wildcats' home opener is Nov. 25 (1 p.m.) against Cornell University.