GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Set To Square Off Against Intrastate Rival Dartmouth, Dec. 7 (2 p.m.)


DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to rebound on the road against in-state rival Dartmouth College at Leede Arena Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: The Big Green enters the match with a 1-5 record overall and have yet to play an Ivy League contest. Recently, Dartmouth fell to the University at Albany Great Danes in Leede Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (81-59). The Big Green's only win came against the University of Vermont on Monday, Nov. 11 (66-62) in Hanover.

Freshman guard/forward Fanni Szabo leads the Ivy League in scoring with averaging 19.7 points per game. In addition, Szabo is 19 of 50 from beyond the arc, which leads the Big Green. Senior guard Nicole Zimmer nearly averages 10 points per contest with a 9.3 average. Controlling the boards, junior guard Kamala Thompson grabs 6.7 rebounds per game. Classmate and center Tia Dawson averages 6.3 rpg while racking up a team-high 10 blocks for the Big Green this season.

Dartmouth shoots for a .386 field goal percentage from the field while surrendering a .455 percentage to its opponents. From 3-point range, the Big Green is 41 of 130 for a .315 percentage. Opponents have outrebounded Dartmouth by a 43.7-34.3 margin per game and carry an assist/turnover ratio of 0.63.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire enters Wednesday's contest with a 3-4 record, dropping its last contest against Howard 45-40 on Wednesday, Dec. 4.  Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) matched a career-high with 10 rebounds in the loss. Gaston, the America East Player of the Game, also contributed four points, three assists and two steals while not committing a turnover The frontcourt of Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) led UNH's offense with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kilpatrick, who was saddled with early foul trouble, was also credited with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. Coia netted 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) registered six points and nine rebounds.

Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring with 11.9 ppg. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) is also a factor on offense as the co-captain averages 10.6 ppg. Belanger and Kilpatrick control the glass as the tandem has averaged 7.1 and 7.0 rpg respectively. Gaston and Hogan serve as the sharpshooters from range, combining for 16 of the 27 3-pointers made this season.

This season, New Hampshire tallies 56.3 points per game while surrendering 51.9 to its opponents. Wildcat shooters have compiled a .388 percentage from the floor and have drained 24.1 of their attempts from beyond the arc. The 'Cats snag 37.1 boards a game and hold a .91 assist/turnover ratio.

THE GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE: The Big Green and Wildcats will compete for the 36th time in the all-time series. New Hampshire leads the all-time series 20-15, including trumping Dartmouth in its last three match ups. The rivalry between the two Granite State schools dates back to Feb. 27, 1979 as UNH prevailed in the first meeting, 67-56 in Durham.

MAGARITY VS. DARTMOUTH: Prior to the arrival of head coach Maureen Magarity, Dartmouth tallied an all-time series-high five game-winning streak against the 'Cats. Since the 2010-11 season, the Wildcats have yet to be defeated by the Big Green. In addition, UNH limited Dartmouth to a series low 38 points in its last meeting (Dec. 5, 2012, 54-38). 

AGAINST THE IVIES: New Hampshire boasts a 62-35 record against schools from the Ivy League. This season, the Wildcats compete against Brown, Dartmouth and Yale from the Ancient Eight.

CAREER EFFORTS:Two Wildcat players reached or set new personal bests in the 67-71 loss at Bryant (Dec. 1). Kelsey Hogan matched a career-high in 3-pointers with four as all of her field goals made were from beyond the arc. Gaston registered career-high 13 points in the loss as well, In the following match against Howard (Dec. 4), Gaston snagged a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss (45-40).

CAPTAIN HOGAN: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan has paced the Wildcats in scoring in three of the last four games.  Hogan dropped a season-high 17 points in a 67-60 loss at Bryant on Sunday, Dec. 1. Additionally, Hogan's 17 points is the highest single game total a Wildcat player has tallied this season.  

KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick leads the Wildcats in three different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (13), steals (11) and free throw percentage (.875).  Additionally, Kilpatrick is second in rebounding as the 6-4 forward snags seven rebounds a game.

CC'S COURT: Sophomore forward Corrine Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.9 ppg. The 6-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 5 of 7 games this season. She reached double figures in rebounds as part of her first collegiate double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a win against Colgate (Nov. 25).

GETTING DEFENSIVE: As of Dec. 6, the Wildcats rank first in four different defensive categories amongst America East institutions. The categories are: scoring defense (51.9 points per game), defensive field goal percentage (.333), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.260) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9). Furthermore, UNH ranks second in the conference in and blocked shots (3.5 blocks per game). This season, New Hampshire limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 5 of 7 contests.

PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 3-1 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. Howard is the only team to top UNH this season and be outscored by the Wildcats in the paint.

THE OPENING TIP: New Hampshire is 3-0 this season when the Wildcats control the opening tip. UNH has yet to win a contest when the opponent controls possession to start the game.

WHEN LEADING AT HALF: All three times UNH has held a lead entering halftime the Wildcats have came out victorious. New Hampshire has only trailed once entering the midway break in which the Wildcats were defeated by Northeastern, 70-50 (Nov. 16).

WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. Belanger pulled down 10 rebounds in a 70-50 loss against Northeastern (Nov. 16). Kilpatrick reached double figures with a season-high 13 boards in a 53-40 win at NJIT (Nov. 13). In addition, the 6-4 forward notched a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in a 53-52 loss at Central Conn. (Nov. 20). Coia recorded her first collegiate double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a winning effort against Colgate (Nov. 25). Gaston matched a career-high 10 rebounds as the Wildcats were topped by Howard, 45-40 (Dec. 4). As a team, UNH is 3-0 when it controls the rebounding advantage.

10-10-10: UNH has had four different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Coia (16), Belanger (10) and Kilpatrick (10) all notched at least 10 points in the season-opening win over Worcester State. Kelsey Hogan joined the duo of Coia and Kilpatrick in double-digit scoring in a one-point loss at Central Connecticut (Nov. 20). Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) joined the group as she eclipsed scored 11 points off the bench as she was welcomed by Hogan (15) and Coia (14) in a 63-58 win over Colgate (Nov. 25). Gaston posted a career-high 13 points as the guard was accompanied by Hogan (17) and Kilpatrick (15) in a 67-61 road loss to Bryant.

DUE NEXT: New Hampshire returns to the hardwood as the Wildcats visit the Conte Forum to take on Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College. The Eagles and Wildcats will compete Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. UNH's next home contest is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18 against the Cleveland State University Vikings for Education Day at Lundholm Gymnasium. For up to date information about UNH women's basketball, be sure to log onto
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