GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Welcomes Cleveland State to Lundholm Gymnasium (Dec. 18, 12 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team seeks to bounce back at Lundholm Gymnasium as the Wildcats compete against Cleveland State University on Wednesday, Dec. 18 (12 p.m.).
SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE: The Vikings enter the game with a 4-5 record overall and have yet to play a Horizon League contest. Most recently, the Vikings were edged out in the final moments against Virginia Commonwealth University, 76-75 on the road (Dec. 15).
Four players registered double-figures for the third time this season. Leading Cleveland State, junior guard Imani Gordon paced the team in points (19) and rebounds (9) in 29 minutes played. Junior guard Kiersten Green led the Vikings in assists (9) and minutes played (40) while chipping in 13 points. Senior forward Haley Schmitt and junior guard Cori Coleman earned point totals of 12 and 13 respectively.
For the game, the Vikings shot 25 of 63 from the floor (39.7 percent) and 13 of 30 (43.3 percent) from behind the 3-point line. VCU held the advantage on the boards with a 44-36 advantage. Cleveland State turned over the ball 21 times and forced 20.
This season, Gordon is the leading scorer for the Vikings, registering 16.7 points per game in nine games played. Green has also compiled over 10 points per game with a 15.7 average while leading CSU in assists (34). From behind the arc, sophomore forward Haley Schmitt is the most efficient shooter. Schmitt has posted .536 3-point percentage on 15 of 28 attempts. Gordon is the top rebounder for CSU as the 5-foot-10 junior has pulled down 8.7 boards per game.
Cleveland State has notched 72.1 points ppg while conceding 70.7 during the 2013-14 campaign. The Vikings have compiled a .429 field goal percentage while defending the floor at a .447 clip. From 3-point range, Cleveland State has compiled a .382 success rate while defending the line to a .345 percentage. The Vikings snag 30.9 rebounds per game and possess an .84 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a 4-5 record overall and have not played an America East contest this season. New Hampshire was defeated by Boston College, 65-40 at the Conte Forum on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) paced the team in scoring with 14 points and three blocks in 28 minutes played. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) led the Wildcats in rebounds with eight and tallied 13 points. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) drained a pair of 3-pointers and grabbed four rebounds.
New Hampshire went 16 of 51 from the field (31.4 percent) while Boston College recorded a 41.1 field goal percentage of 23 of 56 shooting. The Wildcats were outrebounded 38-32 and turned the ball over 14 times.
Coia paces UNH in scoring with 11.8 ppg while grabbing 5.4 rpg. Kilpatrick is the most efficient shooter on the squad with a 48.4 field goal percentage and has recorded 10.2 ppg. Furthermore, Kilpatrick leads the team in rpg with 10.2. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) has assisted the offense by contributing 9.3 ppg. Gaston holds the highest 3-point field goal percentage with a 40.9 percentage. Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) paces the team in assists (23).
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CLEVELAND STATE: UNH leads the all-time series against Cleveland State with a 2-1 record. The Wildcats last win came in Miami, Fla. at the Sun & Fun Classic on Jan. 3, 1988 in a 73-64 victory. This will be the first time that New Hampshire will host the Vikings in the all-time series. In the last meeting, the Vikings defeated the 'Cats at the Wolstein Center, 58-47.
AGAINST THE HORIZON LEAGUE: New Hampshire is 2-3 against members of the Horizon League. The only other team UNH has competed against in the Horizon League is the University of Detroit.
TENACIOUS D: The Wildcats boast the sixth-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 51.6 points per game. In addition, UNH holds the 16th lowest field-goal percentage defense (33.1) in Division I. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal defense (28.7 percent) and blocked shots per game (3.2). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 6 of 9 contests.
GOING FOR 300: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan has registered 297 assists in her career as a Wildcat. Currently, the co-captain ranks 11th all-time in UNH women's basketball program history.
ROLLING OUT DUBS: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 4 of 9 games this season. Kilpatrick has notched three double-double efforts this season; most recently in a 54-37 victory at Dartmouth (Dec. 7). Coia has tallied the other double-double in a 14 point, 11 rebound effort against Colgate (Nov. 25; 63-58 win). UNH is 3-1 when a Wildcat records a double-double.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan is co-captain of the 2013-14 UNH Wildcats for a third consecutive season. Last year, she was a co-captain alongside Cari Reed. In the previous year, Hogan was co-captain with 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 jump shooter who led not only the team but the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41 of 92) two years ago. 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: Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity. Kilpatrick leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (18), rebounds (7.2), steals (11) and free throw percentage (.889). Kilpatrick's 18 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 11.7 points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .703 free throw percentage. Against Central Connecticut (Nov. 20), she matched a career-high in blocks with four. In a road loss at Bryant (Dec. 1), Kilpatrick set a new season-high with 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Sophomore forward Corrine Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.8 ppg. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 7 of 9 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).
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 4-1 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 4-0 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 four times UNH has held a lead entering halftime the Wildcats have came out victorious. New Hampshire has only entered the midway point tied once (Nov. 20 at Central Connecticut). The Wildcats ended up losing in the final moments of the game in a 53-52 defeat.
WIPING GLASS: Elizabeth Belanger (Acton Mass.), Corrine Coia, Ariel Gaston and Kaylee Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 4-0 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. Corinne Coia (16), Elizabeth Belanger (10) and Kaylee 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 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). Ariel 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 (Dec. 1).
MILESTONE WATCH: Kelsey Hogan ranks in the top 10 in 3-pointers made and assists in a career. She reached the 100 milestone Feb. 6 at home against Vermont Hogan is also No. 11 in career assists with 297; she tallied #250 Feb. 2, 2013 at Stony Brook. In addition, Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks in the top 10 in blocks in a career. Here is a look at the career lists:
|1. Amy Simpson
|2. Heidi Plencner
|3. Cari Reed
|4. Kelly Karl
|5. Denise Beliveau
|6. Ashley Cerniglia
|7. Julie Donlon
|8. KELSEY HOGAN
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|10. Melissa Pfefferle
|11. KELSEY HOGAN
|12. Kiki Proctor
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. Amy Simpson
|8. Aubrey Danen
|9. KAYLEE KILPATRICK
|10. Kathy Caldwell
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire concludes the 2013 portion of the schedule at home against former America East member Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.