DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team closes out the 2013 calendar year at home, hosting Boston University in a non-conference game on Sunday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.).
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers come into the game with an overall record of 3-8 and have yet to play a Patriot League game. Most recently, BU fell in a home contest to Marist by a score of 76-65 (Dec. 14).
Freshman guard Sarah Hope led the way on offense for the Terriers as she drained 19 points in the game. She is averaging 8.8 points per game. Leading the scoring on the year for BU is senior guard Danielle Callahan, who comes in averaging 10.9 ppg. She is shooting at a 36.8 percent clip for the year. Senior forward Rashidat Agboola is right behind her with 10.0 ppg, shooting at a conversion rate of 40.4%.
Overall, the Terriers are shooting at a success rate of 34.1 percent and are averaging 58.4 ppg as opposed to opponents averaging 67.6. From behind the arc, Boston University is shooting at a rate of 29.9 percent while converting 61.2 percent of their free throws. Defensively, BU is pulling down 36.7 rpg while opponents are snaring 42.7.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a 4-6 record overall and have not played an America East contest this season. New Hampshire fell at home to Cleveland State by a score of 65-50 on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Senior forward Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) paced the UNH offense with 16 points and seven rebounds. In addition, the co-captain notched her 300th career assist, ranking 11th in program history. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) earned eight points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played. Classmate Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tallied nine points on a trio of 3-pointers, while pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) pitched in eight points and four rebounds.
New Hampshire shot 20 of 52 (38.5 percent) from the floor and was 5 of 21 from 3-point range. Cleveland State was 20 of 51 (39.2 percent), shooting and 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Vikings owned the rebounding advantage by a plus-seven advantage, 40-33. UNH turned the ball over 16 times while CSU conceded possession on 12 occasions.
Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring with 11.4 ppg. Hogan and Kilpatrick also average 10 ppg apiece. Kilpatrick controls the glass, grabbing 7.5 rpg and recording 19 blocks. Hogan (14 of 45; .311) and Gaston (12 of 29; .414) are the sharpshooters from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats have logged 54 ppg while yielding 53 ppg to their opponents this season. New Hampshire shooters have assembled a .380 percentage from the floor and have a 25.2 percent success rate from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has kept its opponents to a .336 field goal percentage and .280 from beyond the arc. The 'Cats grab 37 boards a game and hold an .87 assist/turnover ratio.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY: UNH trails in the all-time series against Boston University with a 29-39 record. The Terriers have won the last 12 meetings between the two institutions, the longest winning streak in the series. UNH has competed against BU 68 times, the second most games against a given school in program history.
AGAINST THE PATRIOT LEAGUE: The Wildcats hold winning averages against four members of the Patriot League. Overall, the 'Cats are 47-60 against members of the conference. New Hampshire topped the Colgate University Raiders on Nov. 25 in a 63-58 victory at home.
FAMILIAR FOE: UNH and BU were original members of the ECAC North Conference when the teams joined in 1979. Prior to the 1984-85 season, UNH joined Boston University, Brooklyn, Maine, Northeastern and Vermont to form the Seaboard Conference. UNH defeated Boston University 70-56 for the first ever league victory and went on to finish 4-1 in the league. In 1990, the North Atlantic Conference merged with the Seaboard Conference, adding Colgate and Hartford to the Wildcats' conference schedule. The North Atlantic Conference would eventually become America East in 1996. BU would leave the America East for the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season.
TENACIOUS D: Entering the week, 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 (.331) in Division I. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense (53.0), field goal percentage defense (.336) and 3-point field goal defense (.280 percent). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 6 of 10 contests.
ROLLING OUT DUBS: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 4 of 10 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. Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50).
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 (19), rebounds per game (7.5), steals (11) and free throw percentage (.889). Kilpatrick's 19 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) and new season-high with 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Sophomore forward Corinne 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).
A.G. FOR THREE: Junior guard Ariel Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage with a .414 average. Gaston matched a single-season high of nine 3-pointers with two treys in a loss at Boston College (Dec. 15). The guard has raised her 3-point field goal percentage by 20.0 percent from the previous year. Gaston has drilled a career-high three treys on two occasions this season.
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 (Action, 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. Kilpatrick has led the Wildcats in rebounds four times this season.
10-10-10: UNH has had four different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Corrine 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 (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). 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). This season, Coia, Hogan and Kilpatrick average at least 10 ppg.
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 11th in career assists with 300; she tallied #300 on Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. 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. KELSEY HOGAN
|8. Julie Donlon
|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
AMERICAEAST.TV: The America East Conference and NeuLion have collaborated to bring fans complete game coverage of all America East basketball games. The portal, AmericaEast.tv, brings fans exclusive content as well as live events, free of charge. UNH will be broadcasted on AmericaEast.tv at every home game as well as away contests at conference institutions.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 10 UNH women's basketball regular-season games during the 2013-14 season and will air the games of the America East Championships. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network affiliates include:
WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester
WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester
Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com
A total of four regular-season games will be televised, including home games vs. Boston University, Stony Brook University, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Maine. Every game of the America East Championships will be on ESPN3. Here is the complete schedule.
||Stony Brook||Live Well Network|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports|
|Mar. 1||Maine||FOX College Sports|
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire returns to action on the road against Brown University. The Wildcats and Bears tip-off on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. UNH returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.) against Yale University. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.