Game Notes: Women's Basketball Hits The Road To Battle Albany (Jan. 16) on ESPN3.com
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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the University at Albany. The game, which will be broadcast live online on ESPN3.com, tips off at SEFCU Arena at 12 p.m.
UNH has a 14-10 lifetime record against Albany, which swept last year's season series with a 60-44 road win (Jan. 11) and 68-59 victory at home (Feb. 8). The Great Danes have won four of the last five meetings – UNH's lone win (60-46) was Feb. 3, 2011 at Lundholm Gym – but two of those four went into overtime. UA has a 6-4 edge the past 10.
New Hampshire has a 5-6 road record vs. the Great Danes. The 'Cats have lost two straight at SEFCU Arena since prevailing 87-77 on Jan. 22, 2010. UNH also won there one year earlier – 66-62 on Feb. 28, 2009.
In the most recent meeting (Feb. 8, 2012), Albany outscored UNH 41-25 in the second half to rally for a 68-59 victory at SEFCU Arena. Morgan Frame was one of two Wildcats to record a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Cari Reed and Kelsey Hogan both finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 'Cats closed the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 34-27 lead into halftime. UNH held a 49-46 lead midway through the second half, but UA scored 13 of the next 14 points to take a 59-50 lead with six minutes remaining and New Hampshire didn't get closer than four points (59-55 at 3:59 and 61-57 at 2:05) the rest of the way.
Last year in Durham, Albany jumped out to first-half leads of 13-2 and 24-7 and held a 28-13 halftime advantage en route to a 60-44 victory at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 11. Kaylee Kilpatrick scored all of her team-high 14 points in the second half. UA was led by Lindsey Lowrie (23 pts).
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters the week with a 6-9 overall record following last Wednesday's 63-62 victory vs. UMBC at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats have a 1-2 record in America East and are 2-6 on the road.
UNH has lost six consecutive road games since opening the season with back-to-back victories at Yale University (57-51) and College of the Holy Cross (68-65).
The Wildcats entered last weekend (through Jan. 10) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in both scoring defense (#67; 56.5 ppg allowed) and rebound margin (#99; +3.3).
With head coach Maureen Magarity on maternity leave (since Dec. 22, 2012), UNH is 1-4. Associate head coach Mike Roux has filled in as head coach during Magarity's absence.
The Jan. 5 game at Lundholm Gym – a 48-44 loss to Stony Brook – marked the 1,000th game in UNH women's basketball program history. The Wildcats' overall record stood at 506-494 following that game (37+ seasons of varsity basketball).
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What Just Happened
Morgan Frame recorded season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) to lead UNH to a 63-62 victory against UMBC at Lundholm Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 9. It marked her second double-double of the season and the 12 rebounds matched her career high.
The Wildcats shot a season-high 50.0% from the floor – including 60.9% (14 of 23) in the second half – and committed a season-low nine turnovers.
In a first half that featured six ties and two lead changes, UNH built an 11-6 lead just over five minutes into the game. UMBC surged ahead by six points (30-24) in the closing minute of the opening half and held a 30-26 halftime lead.
The Retrievers led 52-47 with 8:45 remaining in the game, but UNH went on a 10-2 spurt the next eight minutes to take a 57-54 lead. During that spurt, UMBC was clinging to a one-point lead when Elizabeth Belanger stole an entry pass, led a fastbreak down the middle and found Cari Reed on the left blocks for a layup that gave the 'Cats a lead they would now relinquish (55-54 at 3:13)
New Hampshire made 6 of 8 free throws the final 30 seconds to build its largest lead of the game (six points – 62-56).
What Happens Next
New Hampshire is in the midst of three consecutive games against teams that were picked among the top three in the America East preseason poll. The stretch continues Jan. 19 at home against Boston University and ends Jan. 23 at Hartford.
New Hampshire Notables
UNH shot a season-high 50.0% from the floor in the 63-62 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 9. The Wildcats also committed a season-low nine turnovers.
Last Wednesday's win vs. UMBC marked just the second time in eight games that the Wildcats overcame a halftime deficit to win; the first time it happened was Nov. 17 at Holy Cross (trailed 32-29; won 68-65).
The team's 13 assists Jan. 9 vs. UMBC matched the second-highest total of the season previously established Dec. 1 vs. Quinnipiac University at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic.
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 five games, UNH has blocked 20 shots for an average of 4.0 per game. Through 10 games, the Wildcats averaged 1.5 blocks per game. The opposition has not recorded a blocked shot three of the past four games.
New Hampshire recorded a season-high six blocks at Vermont (Jan. 2). 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 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.
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.
Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded her second double-double of the season (ninth career) with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) Jan. 9 against UMBC. She made 8 of 11 field goals and went 4-for-6 from the foul line. The 12 rebounds matched her career high previously accomplished three times.
Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger recorded a career-high four assists Jan. 9 vs. the UMBC Retrievers. One came on the game-changing play of the game as she stole the ball and set up a transition basket (by Cari Reed) that gave UNH a 55-54 lead with 3:13 remaining; the Wildcats held the lead the rest of the way.
Senior guard Cari Reed is nearly averaging a double-double in America East conference play (three games). She is averaging 14.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg.
Frame is also close to averaging a double-double in conference play at 11.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg in three games.
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.
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).
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 248.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 6-5 record on Jan. 16 and that includes 4-3 on the road. Most recently, UNH defeated Stony Brook, 63-63, at home just last season. In the most recent Jan. 16 road game, the Wildcats were 77-67 victors at UMBC.
Through games of Jan. 15, UNH ranks fourth in the America East conference in offense (54.7 ppg) and fifth in defense (56.5 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.701), rank fifth in field goal percentage (.388), fourth in FG% defense (.379) and third in rebounding margin (+3.3).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.8 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) – she is one of two conference players among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in minutes (35.1 per game) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.329).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage at 55.2% and ninth in blocks while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is fourth in assists (3.5 per game) and sixth in minutes (33.2 mpg). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb the rebounds list and is sixth at 7.1 rpg; she leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game) and is ninth in scoring (10.6 ppg) as well as sixth in free throw percentage (.673).
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. Most recently against UMBC on Jan. 9, Reed went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the last 16 seconds to extend New Hampshire's lead from 58-56 to 62-56 and help secure a 63-62 victory.
In the season 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 in the next game 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 15 games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) as well as field goals made (69) and attempted (164), 3-point field goals made (27) and attempted (82) and minutes (35.1 mpg). She is second in assists (24) and both free throws made (27) and attempted (32).
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 five double-digit rebound games. Reed also has four of the team's seven 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 11 of 15 games this season. The Wildcats recently recorded a 39-38 edge against Stony Brook, which entered that Jan. 5 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.
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 15 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (33) and attempted (49). She ranks second in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg), field goals made (63) and FG attempted (148); she is third in minutes (26.9 per game) and fourth in steals (12).
Frame propelled UNH to a 63-62 victory against UMBC (Jan. 9 at Lundholm Gym) with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) to record her second double-double of the season and ninth of her Wildcat career. Frame was highly efficient from the floor (8 of 11) and the 12 rebounds matched her personal best.
During UNH's decisive 10-2 spurt late in the second half, Frame scored one point and pulled down five rebounds.
Frame finished with 10 points and six rebounds at Vermont (63-60 overtime loss). 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 the time – at Colgate to record her first double-double of the season. 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 20 blocks the past five 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). In the most recent games, the 'Cats blocked four Stony Brook shots (Jan. 5) and tallied two blocks vs. UMBC (Jan. 9).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 13 blocked shots. She matched her career high of three at UVM (Jan. 2).
Through 15 games, New Hampshire has a 35-22 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 15 games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (45; 3.5 apg) and is third in scoring (8.2 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (10) minutes per game (33.2).
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.
Earlier that 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 is 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 in 10 games.
Home & Road Splits
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (54.8 ppg at home; 54.9 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.2 ppg allowed in six 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 .369 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage is slightly lower at home (21.9% home; 23.2% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.8 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 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 26.9 minutes per game. In three America East conference games (one start), her numbers are 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.7 apg and 26.0 mpg.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has been on the court for 11 of 15 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.5 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 55.2%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (13), 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 three assists in that game vs. HC.
On Second Thought
Cari Reed has two of the team's 20+ point efforts this season – both on the second day of a month, and both on the road. She netted a season-high 21 points Dec. 2 at Brown University and scored 20 at Vermont (Jan. 2).
Looking ahead, the Wildcats play at Stony Brook on Feb. 2 and close the regular season March 2 at Maine.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 15 games and has started four games, including each of the past two; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
Gaston tallied seven points – one less than her season high – as well as three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes last Wednesday against the UMBC Retrievers. She had an efficient shooting game by making 3 of 4 field goals, including all three 2-point attempts.
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 (Quinnipiac, Brown).
New Hampshire went 1-for-1 at the foul line Dec. 22 at Cleveland State; in comparison, the Vikings made 12 of 16 free throws. 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. New Hampshire had not attempted as few as one FT In a game since going 0-for-1 from the foul line in a 55-42 loss vs. Fairfield University on Dec. 10, 1986; Kris Kinney was the 'Cat who missed that lone free throw attempt.
The Wildcats attempted just two free throws (and made both) in the 50-43 loss at Brown (Dec. 2), and 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 (22) and attempted (34) Dec. 17 at home against Wagner College.
In the two most recent games, the 'Cats were 11-for-13 (84.6%) from the foul line against Stony Brook (Jan. 5) and 14 of 19 (73.7%) vs. UMBC.
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 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.2 minutes per game (15 games played).
She filled the stat sheet with eight points, two rebounds, career-high four assists, one steal and one block in the 63-62 win against UMBC on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Belanger made a game-changing play in that game with a steal and layup on the subsequent fastbreak that gave UNH a 55-54 lead with 3:13 remaining in the game; the 'Cats never relinquished that lead.
Belanger has matched her personal best of 11 points two of the last four games against Colgate (Dec. 29) and Stony Brook (Jan. 5); the 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 career-high 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 four 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 Great Danes
The University at Albany (Albany, N.Y.) enters Wednesday's game with a 12-3 overall record that includes 3-0 in America East and 4-1 at home – 1-0 in home conference games. In last week's action, the Great Danes were 71-39 victors vs. the University of Maine on Saturday, Jan. 12 at SEFCU Arena.
In that game against the Black Bears, Julie Forster recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds; Ebone Henry, Lindsey Lowrie and Megan Craig led all scorers with 12 points apiece. UA had a sizable rebounding advantage (46-28) and shot 42.9% from the floor in comparison to Maine's 31.5%.
Albany leads the America East conference in both offense (66.7 ppg) and defense (49.5 ppg), as well as rebounding (+11.3 margin), assists (15.1 per game), steals (11.7 per game), field goal percentage (43.6%) and field goal percentage defense (32.7%).
Henry leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.2 rgp), assists (48), steals (39) and minutes (30.9 mpg); Henry is also second in 3-pointers made (19) and attempted (62).
Craig has a team-high .597 field goal percentage and is second in scoring (12.1 ppg); she has a team-high 15 blocks and is fourth in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Lowrie is the top 3-point threat at 42-for-95 (44.2%) from beyond the arc; she ranks third in scoring (9.8 ppg).
Forster leads the team in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (9.2 ppg). Sarah Royals has a team-high 53 assists.
UNH and Albany have played two common opponents this season, and both went 2-0.
Dartmouth 54-38 (12/05) 62-49 W (11/24)
UMBC 63-62 W (01/09) 87-33 W (01/02)