December 13, 2012

Game Notes: Women's Basketball Ends Three-Game Homestand vs. Wagner (Dec. 17)

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team concludes its stretch of three consecutive home games Dec. 17 against Wagner College. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
    UNH has a 5-1 lifetime record, including last year's 73-72 overtime win on the road, against Wagner College. The Wildcats have won each of the last four meetings dating back to a Dec. 3, 1995 win (79-67) at the Sheraton Big Apple Classic (Manhattan College was the host school). UNH also prevailed 74-52 at Wagner in December 2005 and again in November 2006 at home by a score of 80-70 – that is the only previous matchup played at UNH.
    The Seahawks' lone win in this series was Dec. 3, 1988 at the Warner Classic (Fairfield University); the final was 75-58.
    New Hampshire won the inaugural meeting, 65-53, at the 1986 Wagner Christmas Classic.

Countdown To 1,000
    UNH will play the 1,000th game in program history  Jan. 5, 2013 at home against Stony Brook University. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 4 p.m.

The State Of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire enters Monday's home game against Wagner College with a 4-5 overall record that includes a 2-1 mark at home. Due to finals week (Dec. 10-15), the team has been idle since its 43-32 loss to Central Connecticut State University at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 9.
    The Wildcats have lost four of their last five games since starting the season 3-1.
    UNH has a 2-1 home record against non-conference opponents this season; last year, the 'Cats went 1-3 in non-conference home games.
    UNH played six of its first seven games of the season away from home, but on Dec. 17 the Wildcats close a three-game homestand that started Dec. 5 vs. Dartmouth and continued Dec. 9 against CCSU.

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    The last @UNHWildcats home event of December is @UNHHoops vs Wagner on Dec. 17 (7pm) at Lundholm Gym
     Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a career-high 10 rebs vs CCSU to help @UNHHoops to a 43-36 edge on the glass
    @UNHHoops has not surrendered more than 50 points any of the last three games. The opposition is averaging 43.7 ppg in that span
    @UNHHoops Cari Reed is the only @AmericaEast player ranked in the Top 5 in both scoring (3rd/12.8ppg) and rebounding (5th/7.4rpg)
    @UNHHoops Kaylee Kilpatrick leads @AmericaEast in field goal percentage at 59.6%

UNH vs. NEC
    New Hampshire has an 0-2 record against teams from the Northeast Conference – Wagner was picked 12th in the 12-team NEC Preseason Poll. The Wildcats were defeated 60-53 by Quinnipiac University in a nuetral-site game at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic on Dec. 1 and the 'Cats also lost 43-32 to Central Connecticut State University at home on Dec. 9.

Scoring Struggles
    UNH is averaging 52.1 points per game and has eclipsed 60 points once in nine games – that was a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17 (the second game of the season). The Wildcats have scored less than 45 points two of the last three games with 43 at Brown (Dec. 2; 50-43 loss) and 32 against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9; 43-32 loss).
    The 32 points marked UNH's lowest point total since a 59-32 loss to the University of Hartford on Feb. 4, 2009 and stands as the Wildcats' third-lowest scoring output – New Hampshire was held to a program-low 30 points Jan. 31, 1985 at Northeastern University and 31 points at the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 28, 1993.

What just happened
    Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded 11 points and seven rebounds but UNH was defeated 43-32 by Central Connecticut State University at Lundholm Gym on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Wildcats, who never led the in the game, pulled within 36-32 on Frame's layup with 7:11 remaining, but the 'Cats did not score the rest of the way.
    New Hampshire recorded season lows in points (32) and field goal percentage (23.5%; 12 of 51) – as well as assists (four) – while committing a season-high 27 turnovers.
    UNH went 0-for-17 from 3-point range as both Cari Reed and Lauren Wells both attempted six 3-pointers and Kelsey Hogan fired up four 3s.

What Happens next
    The Wildcats close the month of December with road games against Cleveland State (Dec. 22) and Colgate (Dec. 29).

New Hampshire Notables
    UNH was at opposite ends of the spectrum in consecutive games with a season-low 10 turnovers against Darmouth College (Dec. 5) and season-high 27 turnovers vs. CCSU (Dec. 9).
    If you're wondering when the last time the Wildcats had a lower field goal percentage than the 23.5% (12-for-51) they recorded Dec. 9 against CCSU, you only have to look back at last season when UNH shot 21.8% (12 of 55) from the floor at Boston University on Jan. 19.
    The 43 points scored by CCSU marked the fewest allowed in a UNH loss. The previous low scored by the opposition in a New Hampshire loss was 46 by Dartmouth College on Dec. 30, 1993 (46-42 at Dartmouth).
    Including those two losses, UNH has a 114-5 lifetime record when holding the opponent below 50 points.
    Through seven games, UNH's largest lead was 10 points. The Wildcats doubled that with a 20-point advantage (54-34) against Dartmouth on Dec. 5.

'Cat Clips
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a career-high 10 rebounds Dec. 9 vs. CCSU. One game earlier, Kilpatrick netted a personal-best 16 points against Dartmouth (Dec. 5) on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line.
    Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger tallied a career-high three steals against CCSU.
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto recorded a career-high eight rebounds and matched a personal best of two assists vs. Dartmouth.
    Senior guard Lauren Wells tallied four steals against Darmouth to equal her career high.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame matched her season highs in both rebounds (eight) and steals (three) vs. Dartmouth.

3-Point Pitfalls
    With senior guard Cari Reed and junior guard Kelsey Hogan entering the season shooting 36.2% and 41.5%, resectively, from 3-point range, one wouldn't expect the UNH Wildcats to have many games struggling to make a 3-pointer.
    But New Hampshire went 0-for-17 from 3-point range against Central Connecticut State at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 9 with Reed and Lauren Wells missing six 3-pointers and Hogan attempting four 3-point shots; Jilliane Friel accounted for the other 3-point field goal attempt.
    That game marked the second time in nine games that UNH did not make a 3-point shot. The Wildcats were 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale.
    Prior to this season, 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).

This Date In History
    In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 3-0 record on Dec. 17 and that includes two wins at home. The most recent Dec. 17 game occurred in 1995, when the Wildcats defeated Boston College, 67-64, in the first-ever women's basketball game played at UNH's Whittemore Center.

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 ascended into the top 5 at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with the first of her four 3-pointers vs. Quinnipiac. Reed is currently No. 5 at 140. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 91. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 233.

Clutch Performer
    Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season. In the opener at Yale, Reed pulled down a defensive rebound with nine seconds remaining and secured the 57-51 victory by hitting both foul shots with five seconds to play. Then at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, Reed lifted UNH to a 68-65 victory by hitting a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock. Against Cornell (Nov. 25), she hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to extend UNH's lead to three points and the final margin of 59-56.
    Through nine games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) as well as field goals made (40) and atempted (97), 3-point field goals made (19) and attempted (52)and minutes (34.4 mpg). She is second in assists (15) and free throws made (16) attempted (20).
    Reed made 10 3-pointers (10-for-20) spanning three games (Dec. 1-5) with three against Dartmouth and Brown and four vs. Quinnipiac.
    Reed has been the team's top scorer five times, and the top rebounder five times. She recorded her second double-double of the season Dec. 2 at Brown with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season (second of her career) occurred Nov. 17 with 18 points and  12 rebounds at Holy Cross. Both totals led all players and the 12 rebounds matched her personal best. She nearly tallied a double-double in two other games with eight points, 11 rebounds at Yale and 12 points, eight rebounds at Boston College.
    Also of note, Reed led the'Cats in points (10), rebounds (six) and assists (four) at Harvard (Nov. 28).

Hitting the boards
    UNH has outrebounded the opponent in six of nine games this season. The Wildcats recorded the rebound advantage each of its first four games against Yale (44-36), Holy Cross (31-24), Boston College (36-31) and Cornell (40-39), but then Harvard hit the glass for a decisive 43-27 edge against the Wildcats.
    At the Brown Bear Basketball Classic, Quinnipiac tallied a 39-35 advantage and then New Hampshire was +15 (43-28) against Brown. UNH and Dartmouth were level at 38 boards apiece, then the 'Cats tallied a 43-36 edge against Central Connecticut State.

Framework For Success
    Senior forward Morgan Frame was selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team at the league's Media Day in late October.
    Through nine games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (18) and attempted (27) as well as steals (10). She ranks second in scoring (9.8 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), field goals made (35) and attempted (82), field goal perentage (42.7%).
    Frame has proven capable of taking control of games. With UNH trailing by 10 points (56-46) with eight minutes remaining at Holy Cross, Frame scored nine consecutive points and 11 overall during the Wildcats' 15-0 run; she also had two steals during that stretch. Frame finished the game with a season-high 17 points.
    In the next game at Boston College, Frame scored eight consecutive UNH points in the latter part of the first half as the 'Cats and Eagles exchanged baskets. Frame finished that game with a season-high eight rebounds.
    On Dec. 5 against Dartmouth, Frame tied her season highs in both rebounds (eight) and steals (three).

Get Outta Here
    New Hampshire recorded just one blocked shot through three games and then recorded two in the Nov. 25 home opener against Cornell University. Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick accounted for all three blocks to that point, and then senior guard Lauren Wells tallied two blocks at Harvard (Nov. 28).
    UNH recorded a season-high three blocks Dec. 2 at Brown; the 'Cats tallied two blocks one day earlier against Quinnipiac.
    Through nine games, New Hampshire has a 13-12 edge in blocked shots.

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) a year ago.
    Through nine games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (30; 4.3 apg) and is third in  scoring (8.3 ppg) as well as fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (five) minutes per game (34.3).
    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. She recorded a season-high seven rebounds Dec. 2 at Brown.
    After missing two games, junior guard Kelsey Hogan returned to the starting lineup both games of the Brown Bear Basketball Classic. In 34 minutes against Quinnipiac, Hogan tallied 11 points, three assists, two steals and a block. She then recorded seven rebounds and six assists vs. Brown – once again, in 34 minutes.

Nothing's Free
    The Wildcats attempted just two free throws (and made both) in the 50-43 loss at Brown (Dec. 2). It marked the lowest number of FTs made since Feb. 25, 2010, when UNH went 1-for-6 from the foul line against Binghamton University. The two FTs attempted is the lowest since Dec. 30, 2009, when the 'Cats also went 2-for-2 at Syracuse.
    UNH did not attempt a first-half free throw at Harvard University (Nov. 28). The 'Cats made 8 of 12 foul shots in the second half.
    UNH attempted just four free throws – and made all four  – in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross (Nov. 17).
    UNH recorded season highs in both free throws made (15) and attempted (19) in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale.

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, who started each of the first two games of the 2012-13 season, came off the bench vs. Cornell to score nine points in 24 minutes on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the foul line. Wells also came off the bench at Harvard and tallied four points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
    Wells returned to the starting lineup for both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic, where she scored a season-high 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting against Quinnipiac on Dec.1. She matched her career high of four steals Dec. 5 against Dartmouth and with one block vs. the Big Green, she moved into a tie atop the team's leaderboard in blocks at four (with Kaylee Kilpatrick); she is currently second.
    Wells is averaging 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 27.4 minutes per game.

Return to Action
    Senior shooting guard Jilliane Friel, who was sidelined the opening two weeks of the season due to injury, made her 2012-13 season debut in the Nov. 25 home opener vs. Cornell, and she was even pressed into the role of point guard due to the Wildcats' injury and foul trouble.
    In 15 minutes, Friel contributed across the board with three points, two rebounds, one steal and four assists, which matched her career high.
    This season she is averaging 0.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game.

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).

Conference Call
    Entering this weekend's action, UNH ranks eighth in the America East conference in offense (52.1 ppg) and third in defense (54.4 ppg). The Wildcats rank fifth in field goal percentage (.379) and third in free throw percentage (.684), as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+2.4).
    On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.8 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.4 rpg) – she is the only player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in free throw percentage (.800), fourth in minutes (34.4 per game) and sixth in  3-point field goal percentage (.365).
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads America East in field goal percentage at 59.6% while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is second in assists (4.3 per game). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame is tied for eighth in rebounding (6.0 rpg).

Consistent 'Cat
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto scored two points each of the initial four games of the season before matching her career high of four points Nov. 28 at Harvard. She went scoreless, however, in both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic – she attemped just one field goal on the weekend – and has not scored a point since Harvard.
    Spoto pulled down a career-high eight rebounds and matched her personal best of two steals in 18 minutes against Dartmouth on Dec. 5. She recorded four rebounds Nov. 25 vs. Cornell – that was a personal best at the time – and career-high two assists against both Cornell and Holy Cross (Nov. 17). She is averaging 10.2 minutes per game.

Second-Season Wildcats
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and came off the bench three consecutive games before returning to the starting lineup Dec. 9 vs. Central Connecticut State. She is averaging 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 23.0 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team in field goal percentage at 59.6% and blocks (five), and she is fourth in scoring as well as third in rebounding.
    Kilpatrick recorded a personal best of 10 rebounds Dec. 9 against CCSU. One game earlier, she scored a career-high 16 points against Dartmouth College (Dec. 5). She made 7 of 9 field goal attempts and went 2-for-3 from the foul line in 18 minutes of action; her other stats included four rebounds and two assists as she was named America East Player of the Game.
    Kilpatrick's other season highlights include eight points at Yale (Nov. 14) and 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting at Holy Cross (Nov. 17). She also tallied a personal-best three assists in that game vs. HC.
    Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all nine games and was in the starting lineup in consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined). Gaston helped secure the Wildcats' victory against Cornell with two defensive rebounds in the last 15 seconds of the game. Against Dartmouth College (Wednesday, Dec. 5), she was an across-the-board contributor with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes.
    Gaston's other season highlights include four rebounds at Yale, Harvard and Quinnipiac as well as three steals at Holy Cross; she tallied three assists both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic.
    Sophomore guard Sarah-Marie Frankenbeger will miss the entire 2012-13 season due to injury.

Incoming
    The UNH women's basketball program welcomed 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.
    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 Nov. 20 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. Martenet played a season-high 11 minutes at Brown (Dec. 2) and pulled down a personal-best four rebounds. She is averaging 1.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 6.4 minutes per game (eight games played).
    Elizabeth Belanger and Victoria Duffey joined 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.
    Belanger, who has started each of the last seven games, is averaging 6.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 23.6 minutes per game.
    In her second career start, Belanger recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Cornell (Nov. 25). 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.
    Most recently, Belanger netted nine points in 19 minutes against Dartmouth (Dec. 5) and then recorded a career-high three steals vs. CCSU (Dec. 9).
    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.
    Duffey has seen limited action off the bench in six gmes. She is averaging 4.0 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.

Cardiac 'Cats
    In two of the initial four games this season, neither team led by more than six points and each game was 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.
    Nov. 20 at Boston College, the Wildcats held the largest lead of six points; BC's greatest margin was five points in the five-point win. Then in the Nov. 25 home opener versus Cornell, the 'Cats led by 10 points three times and faced a deficit as large as five in a three-point victory.

Assist Me
    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.
    In the two subsequent games following that 22-assist effort at Holy Cross, UNH had a combined 21 assists.
    New Hampshire was credited with four assists in the 43-32 loss to Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9), and that marked the lowest total by the Wildcats since Feb. 4, 2009, when they tallied four assists vs. Hartford; UNH also finished with four assists earlier in the 2008-09 season against Canisius (Dec. 20).

For Starters
    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.

It Started With Two
    With a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, UNH started 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Between that season and this, UNH won season openers three times (2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12) but lost the following game.

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

Scouting the Seahawks
    Wagner College (Staten Island, N.Y.), under the direction of first-year head coach Lisa Cermignano, enters the Dec. 17 game at UNH with a 1-6 overall record that includes 1-2 on the road. Most recenlty, the Seahawks were defeated 66-28 at Syracuse to mark their fifth consecutive loss. Wagner's lone win of the season was Nov. 14 at Columbia University (61-47).
    Wagner's offense, which is averaging 50.3 points per game with a .335 field goal percentage, is led by sophomore forward Stephanie Blais at 12.4 ppg. Her .450 field goal percentage (36 of 80) is a team high, as is her .444 shooting percentage (12-for-27) from 3-point range. Blais also leads the team in blocks (13) and is third in rebounding (4.4 per game).
    Senior forward Marie-Laurence Archambault ranks second in scoring (9.0 ppg) and assists (21), and she has a team-high 16 3-pointers; she is shooting 41.0% from beyond the arc.
    Sophomore center Ugo Nwaigwe is averaging a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game in just 14.4 minutes per game; senior guard Veronick Fournier ranks second in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game.
    Sophomore guard Jacqui Thompson leads the team in assists (27).
    The Seahawks have a -6.6 rebounding margin and a -5.7 turnover ratio. Opponents are averaging 65.6 points per game with a .377 field goal percentage (only .276 from 3-point range).

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