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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team (2-1 overall) plays its home opener Sunday, Nov. 25 in a one o'clock matinee against Cornell University (3-2) at Lundholm Gym.
UNH has won all three previous meetings in this series and that includes a 63-62 buzzer-beater victory last November in Ithaca, N.Y. In that game, Kelsey Hogan's putback beat the final horn to lift UNH to victory at Newman Arena on Nov. 22, 2011. The Wildcats had taken a 61-60 lead on Cari Reed's 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play, but the Big Red reclaimed the lead with six seconds remaining.
Cornell led by double digits, 17-7, at 13:15 of the first half and led by as many as 12 before UNH closed within three, 37-34, at halftime. In the second half, there were a number of ties and lead changes as neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way.
Sunday's game will mark the second tipoff at UNH's Lundholm Gym. The teams previously met in Durham, N.H. on Nov. 26, 2005, when the Wildcats prevailed 75-72. The first series meeting resulted in a 79-57 win at Cornell on Dec. 4, 1993.
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.
With a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, UNH started 2-0 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 Wildcats would improve to 3-1 with a victory vs. Cornell, and that would match the team's best start (through four games) the past decade. The 'Cats were 3-1 in 2009-10 and 2005-06.
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
Morgan Frame led three UNH double-digits scorers with 14 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, but the Wildcats were outscored 9-4 in the last four minutes of a 64-59 loss at Boston College on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The teams battled back and forth through the first half as there were five ties and eight lead changes and neither team led by more than four points.
UNH opened the second half with a 10-0 run to transform a 37-33 halftime deficit into a 43-37 lead. BC rallied to tie the score at 44 before the Wildcats responded with five consecutive points to take a 49-44 lead. The Eagles answered with a 9-1run to lead 53-50 and never trailed again, though UNH did tie the score twice (53 and 55).
What Happens Next
New Hampshire closes out the month at Harvard University – the third Ivy League foe in five games – on the 28th at seven o'clock. The Wildcats then travel to compete in the Brown Invitational (Dec. 1-2). UNH's next home game is Dec. 5 against Dartmouth College as part of a women's & men's doubleheader at Lundholm Gym.
New Hampshire Notables
In Tuesday's game at Boston College, the Wildcats shot 59.1% from the floor in the first half and carried that hot shooting touch early into the second half when they shot 50% (4-8) en route to building a 43-37 lead. In the last 16 minutes, however, UNH shot 5 of 21 (23.8%) from the floor as BC rallied to the 64-59 victory.
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).
Five Wildcats tied for the team high of two assists in the 64-59 loss at Boston College on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The 'Cats recorded only two steals vs. the Eagles.
Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger made her first collegiate start at BC; she had come off the bench each of the initial two games of the season. She committed two fouls less than six minutes into the game, however, and spent the rest of the first half on the bench. Belanger played 17 second-half minutes and finished with three points, four rebounds and two assists.
Freshman forward Kendall Martenet, who played four minutes off the bench in the season opener at Yale (Nov. 14) but did not play at Holy Cross, saw four minutes of first-half action Tuesday at BC. She hit 15-foot jumpers on back-to-back possessions to lift the 'Cats into a 33-33 tie late in the half. Those marked her first career points.
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 each of its first three games against Yale (44-36), Holy Cross (31-24) and Boston College (36-31).
Get Outta Here
New Hampshire has recorded just one blocked shot in three games; sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick tallied that swat in the season opener at Yale. The opposition has blocked just two shots – both recorded by Boston College.
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; 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.
UNH shot 5 of 10 from the foul line in the second half at Boston College (Nov. 20) and was 62.5% (10-for-16) at the line overall.
In two of three games this season, neither team has led by more than six points and all three games have been decided by six points or less.
In the opener at Yale, the Bulldogs' largest lead was four points and the 'Cats led by no more than six; that was also the final margin (57-51).
Then against Holy Cross, the Crusaders led by as many as 11 points and UNH by as many as five en route to a three-point victory, 68-65.
Most recently at Boston College, the Wildcats held the largest lead of six points; BC's greatest margin was five points in the five-point win.
UNH has a 24-12 liftetime record in home openers and that inlcudes 1-1 under head coach Maureen Magarity. The Wildcats were defeated 61-38 by Seton Hall University last November and prevailed 65-52 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the Nov. 16, 2010 home opener.
In this century (the 2000-01 through 2011-12 seasons), the 'Cats have won 10 of 12 home openers and that included eight straight from 2000-01 through 2007-08.
Nov. 25 marks the latest home opener in the calendar year since 2003-04, when New Hampshire tipped off against St. Bonaventure in its home and season opener on Nov. 25, 2003 and recorded an 86-85 victory.
Last year's 38 points vs. Seton Hall marked the team's lowest point total in a home opener. At the other end of the spectrum, UNH has scored 90+ points twice in a home opener – Dec. 12, 1978 (92-87 win vs. Maine) and Nov. 10, 1983 (90-37 win vs. Southern Maine).
Only one home opener has gone into overtime and that ended in a 75-73 win against Dartmouth on Nov. 19, 2004.
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 opened 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, continued Saturday, Nov. 17 with a 68-65 victory at College of the Holy Cross and ended Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Boston College (64-59 loss).
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.
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 5-2 record in away games. In addtion to the 2-1 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 3-2 record on Nov. 25 and that includes 2-0 at Lundholm Gym. Each of the last three games have been wins – 2003 vs. St. Bonaventure (86-85), 2000 vs. Dartmouth (81-58) and 1998 at Navy (68-64).
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 three games this season, Hogan leads the team in assists (5.0 per game) and minutes (35.7 per game), and she ranks second in points (13.7 ppg) as well as third in field goal percentage (48.3%) fourth in rebounding (3.7 rpg). Hogan is also perfect from the foul line with a team-high nine 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 three games this season, Frame leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and field goals (18), and she ranks second in both field goals attempted (30) and field goal percentage (60.0%).
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).
Through three games this season, Reed is third on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and is averaging a team-best 10.3 rebounds per game as well as 35.0 minutes per game, which ranks second. She is atop the leaderboard in 3-pointers (five) and is second in assists (seven).
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. She nearly tallied a double-double in the other two games with eight points, 11 rebounds at Yale and 12 points, eight rebounds at Boston College.
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 started each of the first two games of the 2012-13 season and is averaging 22.0 minutes per game.
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).
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).
Entering this weekend's action, UNH ranks second in field goal percentage (44.2%), free throw percentage (74.4%) and rebounding margin (+6.7) as well as third in both scoring (62.8 ppg) and assists (13.3 apg).
On the individual leaderboards, three 'Cats rank among the top 10 in scoring with senior forward Morgan Frame at No. 4 (14.7 ppg), junior point guard Kelsey Hogan at No. 5 (13.7) and senior shooting guard Cari Reed at No. 6 (12.7). Reed is second in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and Hogan is No. 2 in assists (5.0 apg).
The Wildcats are 1-2 in field goal percentage led by sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick at 61.1% (11-18). She is followed by Frame (60.0%; 18-30) and Hogan is ninth at 48.3% (14-29).
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 tied at No. 6 with 126 3-pointers while junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 90. Hogan is also tied at No. 14 in career assists with 218.
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. Click here to listen online. 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
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.
For Openers (the Beginning)
New Hampshire has a 23-15 overall record in season openers, and that includes 7-9 on the road as well as 8-1 against Ivy League schools following the Nov. 14 win at Yale University by a score of 57-51. Wednesday's game marked the third consecutive year UNH opened on the road; last year, the Wildcats were 62-57 victors at Brown and in November 2010 the 'Cats lost at Notre Dame.
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 Big Red
Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) enters Sunday's game at UNH with a 3-2 overall record that includes 2-0 on the road. Most recently, the Big Red defeated Manhattan College, 70-60, at home on Tuesday, Nov. 20. They have alternated wins and losses through five games.
Cornell is 1-0 against America East teams this season with a 60-56 win at Binghamton University on Nov. 14.
Taylor Flynn matched her personal best of 26 points – she made 5 of 7 3-pointers – and Allyson DiMagno recorded her third double-double of the season with 13 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Big Red to victory vs. Manhattan.
DiMagno leads the team in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (12.4 rpg), as well as field goal percentage (48.1%), minutes (36.8 per game), steals (10), free throws made (14) and attempted (21).
Clare Fitzpatrick is second in scoring at 9.6 ppg and blocks (five). Stephanie Long is the team's top long-range shooter; she has a team-best 10 3-pointers and is shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc. In other stats, Long is atop the assist leaderboard (12) and is second in rebounding at 5.2 per game.
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Plays Home Opener vs. Cornell (Nov. 25)
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