November 19, 2012

Game Notes: Women's Basketball Concludes Stretch of Road Games at Boston College (Nov. 20)

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team takes a 2-0 record into its Nov. 20 game against Boston College at Conte Forum. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
    UNH has an 8-13 overall record, including 3-10 on the road, against the BC Eagles.  In the most recent meeting, BC prevailed 85-43 on Dec. 9, 2008 at Conte Forum. Dating back to Dec. 10, 1996, the Eagles have won six consecutive matchups in this series against the Wildcats; five of those games were played on BC's home court. Tuesday's game will mark the fourth consecutive battle held at The Heights.
    New Hampshire's most recent victory occurred Dec. 17, 1995, when the 'Cats were 67-64 victors in the inaugural women's basketball game at UNH's Whittemore Center. UNH won each of the first six meeting spanning the 1975-76 through 1982-83 seasons, but since then Boston College has won 13 of 15. In addition to the aforementioned 1995 victory, UNH won 61-47 on Dec. 10, 1987 on its home court (Lundholm Gym).
    The Wildcats have lost 10 consecutive road games to the Eagles. UNH has not prevailed on BC's home court since Dec. 1, 1982 (69-64 in overtime). That game is the only one of 21 played in this series that has gone into OT.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire tipped off the 2012-13 season Nov. 14 with a 57-51 win at Yale University. It marked the second consecutive season-opening victory for the Wildcats, who prevailed 62-57 last year at Brown University.
    UNH is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when the 'Cats won at Yale (75-59) and home vs. Marist College (62-48). Between that season and this, UNH won season openers three times (2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12) but lost the following game.
    The last time the Wildcats opened a season with three consecutive wins was that 2005-06 season. They defeated Cornell (75-52) at home for the 3-0 start.
    UNH, under the direction of third-year head coach Maureen Magarity,     returns 11 letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's team that recorded 16 victories and advanced to the WBI tournament. At 16-14 overall, it was the Wildcats' first winning season since 2006 and the highest single-season victory total since 2002. And at 9-7 in America East, the fourth-place finish in the league standings marked the best since 2005.
    Statistically, UNH returns three of its top four scorers, two of its top three rebounders, the top two 3-point shooters, two of the top four assist leaders and a player who started all 30 games a year ago.

What Just Happened
    Cari Reed hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to lift UNH to a 68-65 victory at College of the Holy Cross on Saturday, Nov. 17. Reed, the America East Player of the Game, recorded her second career double-double with game highs in both points (18) and rebounds (12); the rebound total matched her personal best, and she was also credited with four assists.
    UNH faced its largest deficit of the season – 11 points (54-43) – at 10:30 of the second half and trailed by 10 one minute later before nine consecutive points by Morgan Frame ignited a 15-0 run that put the 'Cats in front 61-56 at 3:56. HC scored the next five points to tie the score with 2:22 remaining, but then UNH surged back in front, 65-61, with one minute to play. Holy Cross once again responded to tie the game with 27 seconds on the clock, but New Hampshire called a 30-second timeout to set up Reed's game-winning 3-pointer.
    Three other 'Cats scored in double digits – Frame finished with 17 points, three rebounds and three steals; Kelsey Hogan tallied 14 points, five rebounds and matched her career high of nine assists; Kaylee Kilpatrick netted 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting and also had a personal-best three assists.

What Happens Next
    New Hampshire plays its home opener Saturday, Nov. 25 against Cornell Univeristy. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 1 p.m. The Wildats close out the month at Harvard University – the third Ivy League foe in five games – on the 28th at seven o'clock.

New Hampshire Notables
    UNH finished with 22 assists on 29 field goals in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross, and that assist total marked the highest by the Wildcats since Jan. 29, 2003, when New Hampshire tallied 23 assists in a 76-70 loss at Vermont; the last time the 'Cats recorded 20+ assists was Jan. 10, 2009 at UMBC.
    Four UNH Wildcats scored in double digits at Holy Cross. That quartet – Morgan Frame, Kelsey Hogan, Kaylee Kilpatrick and Cari Reed – accounted for 59 of the team's 68 points and shot a combined 25-for-42 (59.5%) from the floor, including 5 of 12 (41.7%) from 3-point range; they also went 4-for-4 from the foul line to account for all of the team's free throw attempts.
    UNH went 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale. The last time the 'Cats did not make a 3-point field goal was Feb. 25, 2009, when they missed all 15 shots from beyond the arc against Stony Brook University at Lundholm Gym (50-49 win).

'Cat Clips
    Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan matched her career high of nine assists Nov. 17 at Holy Cross. She established that personal benchmark Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Binghamton University. In the opener at Yale, Hogan made all eight free throw attempts; the eight foul shots was a career high.
    Senior guard Cari Reed recorded her second career double-double Nov. 17 at Holy Cross with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 rebounds matched her personal best previously accomplished Jan. 17, 2010 vs. Vermont.
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a career-high eight rebounds in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale. Kilpatrick followed that with a 10-point effort at Holy Cross in which she shot 5-for-6 from the floor and also had a personal-best three assists.
    Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger made her collegiate debut off the bench in the season opener at Yale. She finished with eight points, three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

Hitting the Boards
    UNH recorded the rebound advantage in each of its first two games against Yale (44-36) and Holy Cross (31-24).

Nothing's Free
    The Wildcats attempted just four free throws – and made all four  – in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross (Nov. 17). It marked the lowest number of free throw attempts since Feb. 23, 2011, when UNH was 3 of 4 at the foul line in a 57-40 win vs. Maine; it was the lowest total of free throws made since the 'Cats went 4-for-9 from the foul line Dec. 3, 2011 against Holy Cross; they were 3-10 vs. Seton Hall on Nov. 16, 2011.

Marked Improvement
    New Hampshire improved its win total seven games from the 2010-11 (nine victories) to 2011-12 seasons (16 victories) to tie the second-highest margin of improvement in program history. UNH also saw a seven-game improvement from 1998 (12) to 1999 (19), while the highest mark of eight games was from 1991 (10) to 1992 (18).

On The Road
    New Hampshire opens the 2012-13 season with three consecutive road games to match the program's longest stretch of road games at the outset of a season. The road began Wednesday, Nov. 14 with a 57-51 win at Yale University and continued Saturday, Nov. 17 with a 68-65 victory at College of the Holy Cross.
    The only other time it happened was in 1990-91 (Holy Cross, 93-65 loss; Brown, 78-73 loss; UMass, 75-54 win). Between then and now, the 'Cats did open three consecutive seasons – 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95 – with three consecutive games away from home; in all three years, a road game was followed by two tourney games.

Road Warriors
    Last season, UNH played 18 of its 30 games away from Lundholm Gym with a 9-7 road record and 1-1 ledger in neutral-site games. The Wildcats were particularly strong on the road in the opening month (5-1 record) with victories at Brown (62-57), Cornell (63-62), Dartmouth (58-53), Rhode Island (52-33) and Wagner (73-72, overtime); the only loss was at Central Connecticut State.
    The past two Novembers, UNH has a 5-1 record in away games. In addtion to the 2-0 start this season, the Wildcats won three of four road games last November.

This Date In History
    In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 3-1 record on Nov. 20 – all at home. Most recently, they lost 66-54 vs. Brown in 2010. The 'Cats won in 2009 (58-57, UMass), 2001 (70-60, Marist) and 1982 (Army, 72-52).

Captain of the 'Cats
    Junior guard Kelsey Hogan is captain of the 2012-13 UNH Wildcats; last year, she was a co-captain alongside Denise Beliveau and started all 30 games. Hogan is a mulitple threat in the backcourt – as the quarterback of the offense, she is strong on the dribble and an excellent passer; she is also an accurate jumpshooter who led not only the team but the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41-for-92).
    Hogan also led New Hampshire in assists, ranked second in both 3-point field goals made and minutes (33.9 mpg) as well as third in scoring(10.2 ppg), field goals made and attempted, field goal percentage (.386) and free throws made and attempted.
    With those statistics, Hogan's other conference rankings included fifth in FT percentage (.896), seventh in minutes, 11th in both scoring and assists and 12th in field goal percentage.
    Other stats illustrate Hogan is a multi-dimensional overall player. In addition to her offensive prowess, she also tied for second on the squad in steals and was third in rebounding (3.8 rpg).
    Through two games this season, Hogan leads the team in assists (6.5 per game) and ranks second in both points (14.0 ppg) and minutes (34.5 mpg) as well as third in third in both rebounding (4.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (56.3%). Hogan is also perfect from the foul line with a team-high eight free throws.

Framework For Success
    Senior forward Morgan Frame was selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team at the league's Media Day on Oct. 23.
    In her first year as a UNH Wildcat in 2012, Morgan 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 the team 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 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.
    Through two games this season, Frame leads the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and field goals (13), and she ranks second in both field goals attempted (20) and field goal percentage (65.0%) despite averaging just 21.5 minutes per game.

Going Back To The Wells Again
    Another player who returns with starting experience is senior guard Lauren Wells, who utilizes her quickness and athleticism to drive past defenders – and be a disruptive force at the other end of the court as a defender – but she can also hit the mid-range jumper.
    Wells missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, but she started 21 of 29 games in 2011 as a junior and was in the starting lineup all 31 games in '10. In her junior season, Wells ranked third on the team in steals, fourth in assists and fifth in scoring; she also led the team in free throw percentage and ranked ninth in America East in 3-point field goal percentage.
    Wells has started both games of the 2012-13 season and is averaging 26.0 minutes per game.

Deep Threat
    Senior shooting guard Cari Reed is a third returning starter from last year's lineup. She played in 28 of 30 games with 22 starts a year ago, when the 6-footer led the team in 3-point field goals made (44) and attempted (123). Reed also ranked second among all 'Cats in 3-point field goal percentage (.358) and blocks.
    The sharpshooter rewrote the UNH record book with eight 3-pointers in a game against Harvard at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 6, 2011; she had shared the previous benchmark of six 3-pointers in a game with six others. Reed finished that game vs. Harvard with a career-high 32 points.
    In other statistics, Reed ranked fourth in scoring average (7.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.383) and minutes (25.8 per game).
    In two games this season, Reed is third on the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is averaging a team-best 11.5 rebounds per game as well as a team-leading 35.5 minutes per game. She is atop the leaderboard in 3-pointers (three) and is second in assists (five).
    Reed recorded her second career double-double with 18 points and  12 rebounds at Holy Cross (Nov. 17). Both totals led all players and the  12 rebounds matched her personal best.

A Lot To Lose
    One of the starters and statistical leaders lost to graduation is forward Denise Beliveau, who is one of the top all-around players in program history. She led the 2012 team in points (423), rebounds (8.6 per game), field goals made (145) and attempted (352), free throws made (98), steals (66) and minutes (35.1 per game) en route to garnering America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team; in addition, Beliveau ranked second in both field goal percentage (.412) and free throw percentage (.838) as well as third in 3-point FG percentage (.337) and assists (46).
    In the America East conference rankings, Beliveau was in the top 5 in five statistical categories and among the top 10 in two other stats.
    On the program's career leaderboard, she ranks sixth in scoring (1,365 points), fourth in both rebounds (843) and 3-pointers (141), third in steals (202) and 18th in assists (202).

Conference Call
    The 2011-12 Wildcats led the America East conference in both free throw percentage (.709; 375-529) and 3-point field goal percentage (.324; 152-469). On the individual leaderboards, Kelsey Hogan ranked first in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41-92) and Denise Beliveau was tops in defensive rebounds (6.2 per game).
    Through two weeks of the 2012-13 season, UNH once again leads the league in free throw percentage at 82.6% (19 of 23) and is also tops in assists (14.5 apg). The Wildcats also rank second in both field goal percentage (44.6%) and rebound margin (+7.5) as well as third in offense (62.5 ppg).
    On the individual leaderboards, three 'Cats rank among the top 10 in scoring with senior forward Morgan Frame at No. 3 (15.0 ppg),  junior point guard Kelsey Hogan at No. 6 (14.0) and senior shooting guard Cari Reed at No. 8 (13.0). Reed is second in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and Hogan is No. 2 in assists (6.5 apg).
    The Wildcats are 1-2-3 in field goal percentage led by sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick at 66.7% (8-12). She is followed by Frame (65.0%; 13-20) and Hogan (56.3%; 9-16).

Milestone Watch
    One current 'Cat is already in the Top 10 on UNH's career leaderboard for 3-point field goals made and another will approach that list during the 2012-13 season. Senior shooting guard Cari Reed is currently No. 7 with 124 3-pointers while junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 88. Hogan is also at No. 15 in career assists with 216.

Wildcats on the Air
    The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 12 UNH women's basketball games during the 2012-13 season. All 11 home games as well as the Nov. 28 road game at Harvard will be on the air. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network affiliates include:
   WGIR-AM 610 (flagship station) – Manchester
   WPKX-AM 930 (flagship station) – Rochester    
   WQSO-FM 96.7 (flagship station) – Portsmouth
   WNTK-FM 99.7 – New London
    A total of four games will be televised, including home games vs. Central Connecticut State University and Boston University. Here is the complete schedule.
Dec. 9    Central Conn State    WBIN and FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 16    at Albany    ESPN3
Jan. 19    Boston U.    WBIN and FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 26    at Binghamton    Time Warner Cable
    Another option for fans to follow live action of the UNH women's basketball home games is online videostreaming at unhwildcats.tv

Incoming
    The UNH women's basketball program welcomes four newcomers to the 2012-13 squad and that includes sophomore center Corinne Coia, who transferred following her freshman year (2011-12) at the University of Rhode Island; she is ineligible to play for the Wildcats this season.
    Kendall Martenet is the other new addition to the frontcourt. The 6-2 forward was a three-time captain at Mukwonago High School, where she led the team in rebounding as a junior and senior.
    Elizabeth Belanger and Victoria Duffey join the Wildcat backcourt. Belanger garnered ESPN Boston All-State Team and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, Lowell Sun Player of the Year and Dual County League MVP accolades at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
    Duffey comes to UNH from Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes after lettering at Walled Lake Central High School for three years. She was a three-year starting point guard and two-time captain at Walled Lake Central, where she earned three All-Conference and two Academic All-State accolades.

Leader of the 'Cat Pack
    The 2012-13 season marks the third as UNH Wildcats head coach for Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), who became the sixth head coach in program history in May 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.
    Magarity has quickly made a positive impact on the program with a 25-34 record in two seasons; in comparison, UNH was a combined 33-87 the four years prior to her arrival.
    And in just her second year at the helm in Durham, Magarity guided the Wildcats to their second postseason appearance (beyond conference postseason play) in the program's 37-year history when UNH advanced to the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational. New Hampshire finished the year with a 16-14 overall record to mark the team's first winning season since 2006 and most wins since 2002.
    In her first season, Magarity led the Wildcats to a 9-20 overall record and they doubled their conference wins from the previous season.

America East Preseason Prognostications
    UNH tied for fourth in the 2012-13 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released in late October. The Wildcats received 37 points to tie with the University of Vermont behind 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.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team. She was an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2012.

Scouting the Eagles
    Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) enters the week with a 2-1 overall record that includes 1-0 at home and a two-game winning streak following a 62-56 victory against Brigham Young University at Conte Forum on Nov. 15. The Eagles opened the season with a 52-46 loss at Boston University (Nov. 9), then recorded a 71-52 win at Holy Cross (Nov. 13).
    All five BC starters are averaging at least 31.3 minutes per game, but no more than 34.3 mpg.
    Junior center Katie Zenevitch leads the team in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg) as well as field goal percentage (56.8%).  Freshman guard Nicole Boudreau is second in scoring (13.0 ppg) and leads BC in both 3-pointers (seven) and steals (five). Junior guard Kristen Doherty ranks third in scoring (10.7ppg) and second in  both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and assists (eight); she is shooting 54.5% (6-for-11) from 3-point range. Redshirt junior guard Tessah Holt is also averaging double digits in points (10.0) nad has a team-high nine assists.
    BC, led by first-year head coach Erik Johnson was picked 12th in the 12-team ACC. The Eagles return seven letterwinners, including four starters, from last year's squad that finished 7-23 overall (2-14 ACC).

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