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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 9 at home against America East foe UMBC. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
UNH has an 8-11 lifetime record, including 1-2 last season, against UMBC. The Wildcats are 4-5 at home vs. the Retrievers, who have won five of the last six overall meetings. New Hampshire won the most recent meeting on its home court of Lundholm Gym on Feb. 28, 2012 by a 75-68 score. UMBC won in Durham in the 2011 (63-55) and 2010 (54-40) seasons.
In last season's initial meeting (Jan. 2), UMBC prevailed 67-65 at the RAC. The Wildcats led 33-25 at halftime and extended the advantage to 11 points, the Retrievers pulled within two points (40-38) and then the 'Cats built a 58-47 advantage at 7:35. UMBC scored 13 consecutive points to put the home team on top, 64-61, at 2:35. UNH trailed by two points with 12 seconds remaining, but a 3-pointer fell short at the buzzer. Morgan Frame finished with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 10 field goals and 7-for-7 from the foul line.
In the other regular-season meeting (Jan. 28), UNH was a 75-68 victor behind Frame's double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Kelsey Hogan recorded 15 points and three assists. A back-and-forth first half ended with UNH leading 36-35 and the Wildcats led 53-49 midway through the second half. UMBC pulled within two points (67-65) with 55 seconds to play, but Cari Reed and Hogan combined to make all six free throws the rest of the way to secure the victory.
The teams also tipped off in the America East quarterfinals (March 2) and UMBC won 59-57 when Michelle Kurowski was fouled on a loose ball with one second remaining and made two free throws. New Hampshire had trailed 54-53 with two minutes left and went ahead 57-54 on four consecutive foul shots. UMBC tied the score with 41 seconds on the clock, the 'Cats turned the ball over on the next possession and then Kurowski hit the decisive FTs. In the first half, UNH fell behind by as many as eight points (17-9) before rallying to take a 25-24 lead. UMBC turned a 26-25 halftime lead into a 49-41 advantage midway through the second half before the Wildcats went on a 12-4 spurt to tie the game. Frame once again was the top 'Cat in scoring with 21 points; she also had six rebounds.
This series dates back to the 2003-04 season, when UMBC joined America East.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters the week with a 5-9 overall record following Saturday afternoon's 48-44 home loss to Stony Brook University. UNH went 2-5 in December as the Wildcats closed the month with back-to-back losses.
UNH has a 3-2 record at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats had a three-game homestand in December and went 2-1 with wins against Dartmouth College and Wagner College sandwiched around a loss to Central Connecticut State University.
The Wildcats entered this week ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in both scoring defense (#62; 56.1 ppg allowed) and rebound margin (#94; +3.4).
New Hampshire has lost four consecutive America East conference openers. Last season, the Wildcats rebounded by defeating the University of Hartford to level its conference record at 1-1. In both 2010 and 2011, the 'Cats started 0-4 in league play.
Last Saturday's game – the 48-44 home loss to Stony Brook – marked the 1,000th game in UNH women's basketball program history. The Wildcats have a 506-494 overall record in 37+ seasons.
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What Just Happened
UNH led by as many as eight points (24-16) in the first half and led 28-24 at halftime before falling behind by five points (37-32) in the second half against Stony Brook on Jan. 5. The score was tied at 41 with three minutes remaining and the visitors outscored the Wildcats 7-3 the rest of the way to steal a 48-44 victory.
Kelsey Hogan (12 points) and Elizabeth Belanger (11) were UNH's top scorers. Cari Reed finished with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds as well as two blocks.
In the second half, New Hampshire made 4 of 28 (14.3%) field goal attempts in comparison to SBU's 50.0% (9-for-18). The Wildcats kept close with a significantly higher free throw percentage (8-10; 80% to SBU's 6-18; 33%).
What Happens Next
Following Wednesday's game vs. UMBC, New Hampshire's next three games are against the teams that were picked among the top three in the America East preseason poll. The stretch begins Jan. 16 at Albany, continues Jan. 19 at home against Boston University and ends Jan. 23 at Hartford.
New Hampshire Notables
With head coach Maureen Magarity back in New Hampshire, associate head coach Mike Roux assumed the duties of head coach during the road trips to Cleveland State, Colgate and Vermont. UNH is winless during her absence from the sidelines. Roux also took the lead last Saturday vs. Stony Brook.
The Wildcats shot 84.6% from the foul line vs. Stony Brook (Saturday, Jan. 5) by making 11 of 13 free throw attempts. It marked the team's highest FT% in a game (minimum five attempts) this season.
New Hampshire shot 26.8% from the floor against Stony Brook. It marked the team's second-lowest field goal percentage of the season.
In the past four games, UNH has blocked 18 shots for an average of 4.5 per game. Through 10 games, the Wildcats averaged 1.5 blocks per game.
UNH eclipsed 60 points consecutive games with 61 points at Colgate (Dec. 29) and 60 points – in overtime – at Vermont (Jan. 2). The Wildcats scored 60+ points just twice in the first 11 games of the season.
New Hampshire recorded a season-high six blocks at Vermont last Wednesday. Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a season-high three, which also matched her career high. Ariel Gaston had a personal-best two blocks and Elizabeth Belanger was also credited with a swat.
UNH's 46.9% field goal percentage at Colgate marked the third highest of the season for the 'Cats. New Hampshire made 21 of 36 (58.3%) two-point FG attempts.
New Hampshire recorded season highs in points (77), rebounds (46), 3-pointers (seven) and free throws both made (22) and attempted (34) against Wagner College on Dec. 17.
The Wildcats scored 37 first-half points and 40 in the second half against the Wagner Seahawks – one game earlier, the 'Cats scored a total of 32 points vs. Central Connecticut State University.
The 40 second-half points vs. Wagner is the team's highest total in any half this season. The previous high was 39 in the second half at Holy Cross (Nov. 17).
New Hampshire shot a season-high 43.8% (7 of 16) from 3-point range against Wagner. The 47.1% field goal percentage was second only to the 47.5% at Holy Cross.
In America East conference-only games, senior guard Cari Reed is averaging a double-double at 14.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg while senior forward Morgan Frame is averaging 7.5 ppg and rpg.
Reed recorded her fourth double-double of the season – fifth career – with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 2. She made 7 of 14 FGs, including 4-for-8 3-pointers, and two FTs en route to being named UNH's America East Player of the Game.
There have been two 20+ point efforts this season – both by Reed. She netted a season-high 21 points Dec. 2 at Brown University.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick matched her career high of three blocks in the Jan. 2 America East conference opener at Vermont.
Kilpatrick has led the team in assists consecutive games with three at UVM preceded by a career-high four at Colgate (Dec. 29).
Frame recorded her first double-double of the season (eighth in her two years as a Wildcat) with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Colgate University on Dec. 29; both totals were team highs, the 10 rebounds marked a personal season high and the 17 points matched a season high. She shot 8x12 from the floor in 32 minutes.
Last Wednesday's 63-60 loss at Vermont marked UNH's first overtime game of the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats were unbeaten in three OT games last year with road wins against Wagner (73-72), Vermont (69-63) and Binghamton (59-52).
New Hampshire had won each of its previous four games that extended beyond regulation, including a 63-59 victory vs. UVM in January 2011.
One current 'Cat is already in the Top 10 on UNH's career leaderboard for 3-point field goals made and another is approaching that list. 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. 3 at 148. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 11th at 96. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 247.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 4-6 record on Jan. 9 and that includes a 1-1 home ledger. Most recently, UNH was defeated 63-43 at Binghamton University in 2011. The 'Cats were also on the short end of the score in 2010-08-03. The most recent Jan. 9 victory was in 1999 at Hofstra University (65-50), when the Pride was a member of America East.
Through games of Jan. 8, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in offense (54.1 ppg) and fourth in defense (56.1 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.697), rank fifth in field goal percentage (.381), fourth in FG% defense (.378) and third in rebounding margin (+3.4).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.7 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.6 rpg) – she is one of two conference players among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also fourth in minutes (35.6 per game) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.329).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage at 56.3% and seventh in blocks while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is third in assists (3.7 per game) and fifth in minutes (33.4 mpg). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb the rebounds list and is seventh at 6.7 rpg; she leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game) and is sixth in free throw percentage (.674).
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. 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 14 games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) as well as field goals made (64) and attempted (157), 3-point field goals made (27) and attempted (82) and minutes (35.1 mpg). She is second in assists (21) and both free throws made (23) and attempted (28).
Reed has been the team's top scorer eight times, and the top rebounder eight times. She has six double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has four double-digit rebound games. Reed also has four of the team's six double-doubles on the season.
Reed recorded her fourth double-double of the season (fifth career) with team highs in both points (20) and rebounds (10) at Vermont on Jan. 2. She netted 15 first-half points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and a pair of free throws.
Reed entered the Dec. 17 game vs. Wagner ranked No. 5 on New Hampshire's career 3-point leaderboard with 140 3-pointers. She ascended to No. 3 by the end of the night with three 3-pointers to move past both Denise Beliveau (141) and Kelly Karl (142).
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.
Reed's third double-double was Dec. 22 at Cleveland State with 12 points and 10 rebounds – both were team highs. She also tallied a personal-best four blocks and matched her season high of four assists.
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).
In her "homecoming game" Dec. 29 at Colgate University, Reed tallied nine points, three rebounds and one block in 40 minutes.
Hitting the Boards
New Hampshire has outrebounded the opponent in 10 of 14 games this season. The Wildcats had a 39-38 edge against Stony Brook, which entered the game with a +6.8 rebounding advantage.
One game earlier, UNH allowed 19 offensive rebounds to Vermont (Jan. 2) and the Catamounts recorded a 37-34 overall advantage. The Wildcats recorded the slimmest of margins (36-35) at Colgate University on Dec. 29 and one week earlier they pounded the offensive glass for 18 rebounds and finished with a 40-32 rebounding advantage at Cleveland State on Dec. 22.
New Hampshire recorded its largest rebound total (46) and margin (+19) of 2012-13 against Wagner College on Dec. 17.
The 'Cats recorded the rebound advantage each of their 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.
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 14 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (29) and attempted (43). She ranks second in scoring (9.9 ppg), rebounding (6.7 rpg), field goals made (55) and FG attempted (137); she is fourth in steals (12).
Frame finished with 10 points and six rebounds at Vermont. She gave UNH a chance to win the game in the closing minute of regulation on a game-tying field goal with 38 seconds remaining and defensive rebound with 22 seconds to play.
Frame recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds – both season highs – at Colgate to record her first double-double of the season (and eighth of her two-year UNH Wildcat career). She was efficient from the floor by making 8 of 12 field goal attempts.
Frame led the team in scoring consecutive games with 11 vs. Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9) and 14 vs. Wagner (Dec. 17) – she was named the America East Player of the Game both times.
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 eight rebounds.
New Hampshire has recorded 18 blocks the past four games – in comparison, the Wildcats had three blocks just once in the opening 10 games of the season. UNH rejected a season-high six shots Jan. 2 at Vermont. Prior to that, the Wildcats registered three blocks at Colgate University (Dec. 29) and swatted five shots at Cleveland State (Dec. 22). Most recently, the 'Cats blocked four Stony Brook shots.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 12 blocked shots. She matched her career high of three at UVM (Jan. 2).
Through 14 games, New Hampshire has a 33-22 edge in blocked shots.
Captain of the 'Cats
Junior guard Kelsey Hogan is co-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 multiple 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 14 games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (44; 3.4 apg) and is third in scoring (8.6 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (10) minutes per game (33.4).
Most recently, Hogan scored a team-high 12 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 5); she also had a team-best three assists before fouling out with 16 seconds remaining.
Also last week, Hogan made 4 of 6 FGs, including her only 3-point attempt, and went 3-for-4 from the foul line to finish with 12 points at Vermont (Jan. 2). She also tallied four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 43 minutes.
Hogan had a decent shooting day (4-for-7 FGs, including 2 of 4 3-pointers) for 10 points at Cleveland State University on Dec. 22; she also tallied four assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes.
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, Hogan returned to the starting lineup both games of the Brown Bear Basketball Classic. In 34 minutes against Quinnipiac, she 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.
In the first three games of the season, Hogan averaged 13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 5.0 apg. Since returning, her numbers are 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.2 apg.
There's No Place Like Home
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (53.2 ppg at home; 54.9 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 47.8 ppg allowed in five home games and 60.8 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .399 field goal percentage compared to .346 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage is slightly better at home (23.3% home; 23.2% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +5.6 margin compared to +3.0 on the road.
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 long 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 has been in the starting lineup 10 times – including eight consecutive games spanning Dec. 1 to Jan. 2 – scored a season-high 11 points Dec. 17 against Wagner College. She made 4 of 9 field goal attempts and that included 2-for-6 from 3-point range.
When she was reinserted into the starting lineup Dec. 1 against Quinnipiac University, Wells scored 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting; she also tallied three rebounds and two assists.
Wells came off the bench in the Nov. 25 home opener 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 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 third with that total of four.
Wells is averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 27.3 minutes per game. She played 35 minutes – one less than her season high – Dec. 22 at Cleveland State University; one week later, she played only 15 minutes at Colgate on Dec. 29; Wells played 30 minutes last Wednesday at Vermont and saw 26 minutes (off the bench) this past Saturday vs. Stony Brook.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has been on the court for 10 of 14 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 24.7 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 56.3%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (12), third in rebounding and fourth in scoring.
Kilpatrick equaled her personal best of three blocks Jan. 2 at Vermont and she led the team in assists with three. It marked the second consecutive game Kilpatrick led the 'Cats in assists – she tallied a career-high four at Colgate University (Dec. 29).
Kilpatrick had a solid all-around game at Colgate with 13 points (6x8 FGs), six rebounds, two blocks and the aforementioned four assists.
Kilpatrick tallied career highs in rebounds in consecutive games with 10 against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9) followed by 11 in 25 minutes of action vs. Wagner College (Dec. 17).
Earlier in December, 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.
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.
Friel is averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game (nine games played).
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 14 games and was in the starting lineup in consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined), as well as this past Saturday's game vs. Stony Brook.
Against Wagner College (Dec. 17), she matched her career highs in both points (eight) and steals (three) and also recorded a season-high four assists.
Gaston helped secure the Wildcats' victory against Cornell (Nov. 25) with two defensive rebounds in the last 15 seconds of the game. Against Dartmouth College (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 forward Stephanie Spoto scored two points each of the initial four games of the season before matching her freshman-season high of four points Nov. 28 at Harvard. She went scoreless, however, in both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic – she attempted just one field goal on the weekend.
Spoto ended a streak of four consecutive scoreless games with a career-high nine points against the Wagner Seahawks on Dec. 17. She had not attempted a free throw in her Wildcat career prior to that game and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. Spoto also recorded four rebounds and a steal in the game.
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 1.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.0 minutes per game.
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 1.0 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 5.9 minutes per game (nine games played); Martenet was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2).
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 started six consecutive games (Nov. 20 to Dec. 5) and seven overall, is averaging 6.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 23.9 minutes per game (14 games played).
Belanger has matched her personal best of 11 points two of the last three games against Colgate (Dec. 29) and Stony Brook (Jan. 5); this past Saturday's game vs. Stony Brook marked her first with multiple 3-pointers (2-for-4); at Colgate, she also tallied seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in 28 minutes. One week earlier at Cleveland State University, she recorded seven points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 29 minutes.
In her second career start, Belanger recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Cornell University (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.
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 eight games; she has not played each of the last three games. She is averaging 3.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
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 & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 16 at Albany ESPN3
Jan. 19 Boston U. WBIN & 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 Retrievers
UMBC (Baltimore, Md.) enters Wednesday's game with a 5-10 overall record that includes 1-1 in America East and 0-6 on the road. The Retrievers opened conference play last Wednesday with an 87-33 loss to Albany, then defeated Maine, 54-50; both games were at home. UMBC has a 1-5 record in December.
Brittany Crowell (10.3 ppg) and Bria White (10.2) are the leading scorers. Crowell is also the top rebounder (5.1 rpg) and 3-point threat (27-102; 26.5%), and is the team leader in minutes (32.5 per game). White is another dangerous outside shooter (19-73 3-pointers; 26.0%).
Raven Harris leads the team in assists (39) and steals (55), as well as free throws made (32) and attempted (49); she is third in scoring (8.7 ppg) and second in rebounds (4.3 rpg).
In the America East conference, UMBC is ranked seventh in offense (52.7 ppg) and eighth in defense (68.3 ppg) as opponents have a 41.5% field goal percentage, including 34.3% on 3-pointers. The Retrievers have the lowest rebounding margin at -10.9.
In two conference games, Harris is the only double-digit scorer (10.5 ppg) while Kim Browning (5.0 rpg) is the top rebounder.
UNH and UMBC have played one common non-conference opponent this season – both teams defeated Wagner.
Wagner 77-54 W (12/17) 48-43 W (12/28)
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Tips Off Against UMBC at Home (Jan. 9)
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