DURHAM, N.H. – Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, including 4-of-4 from 3-point distance, to score a season-high 17 points and lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to Wednesday night's 67-45 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH, which has won of three of its last four games, improved to 9-13 overall, 4-6 in America East and 6-3 at home by earning a season series split against UVM. The Catamounts, who upended the Wildcats 63-60 in overtime on their home court on Jan. 2, are now 7-15, 4-5.
Hogan, UNH's America East Player of the Game, also tallied four rebounds and two assists in her return to the starting lineup. She had missed five consecutive games before returning to action – off the bench – Feb. 2 at Stony Brook University.
Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) recorded a career-high 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) added 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the floor and 4-for-4 at the foul line.
Lauren Buschmann, UVM's America East Player of the Game, had eight points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Annie Wheeler finished with a team-high 14 points.
UNH, with head coach Maureen Magarity on the bench for the first time since Dec. 17, opened the game 4 of 6 from the floor to build a 10-0 lead. Vermont missed its first 12 field goal attempts before Buschmann made a pair of free throws at 13:16.
Belanger and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) hit consecutive 3-pointers at 11:25 and 10:13, respectively, to extend the advantage to 18-2. Belanger hit another jumper to push the lead to 20-2 at 9:04.
Wheeler ended the Catamounts' field goal drought at 18 consecutive misses with a layup at 8:21 that made the score 20-4. The teams traded scores the remainder of the half and Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) capped the scoring with a layup to give New Hampshire a 29-11 halftime lead.
UNH shot 50% from the floor, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range, in the first half while the visitors were 4-for-27 (14.8%) and missed all 11 3-point attempts.
The Wildcats quickly extended the lead to 23 points, 34-11, on Hogan's 3-pointer and a layup by Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; five points, three rebounds; four assists) and the margin never got below 20 points the rest of the way.
UNH built its largest lead of the season – 30 points (57-27) – on Kilpatrick's layup at 8:17 and the 22-point margin of victory marked the second largest of the season for the Wildcats.
New Hampshire established season highs in both field goal percentage (57.5%; 23-40) and 3-point field goal percentage (61.5%; 8-13). The eight 3-pointers tied a season high and the 67 points is the third-highest total for the year.
Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) scored a career-high six points by making 1 of 2 field goals and all four free throws. She also pulled down three rebounds in 12 mintues.
UNH returns to action Feb. 13 (7 p.m.) at UMBC. The Wildcats' next home game is Feb. 20 (7 p.m.) against the University of Hartford.