DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team concludes its non-conference schedule as the Wildcats welcome the Yale University Bulldogs to Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 7 (7 p.m.).
SCOUTING YALE: Yale enters the game with a 6-7 overall record and has not competed in an Ivy League contest this season. The Bulldogs were victorious in their last match, defeating the University of Maine Black Bears on a short jumper at the buzzer, 86-85.
Junior guard Sarah Halejian paced the Bulldogs with 20 points and four assists, capped off by the jumper as time expired. The Bulldogs shot 31 of 64 (.484 field goal percentage) while the Black Bears were 33 of 54 (.611) from the field. Yale benefited from 22 points off the bench in the win.
Halejian leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 15.5 ppg. Senior guard Janna Graf also nets over 10 ppg with a 10.5 average. Sophomore forward Meredith Boardman is the leading rebounder for Yale as she grabs 6.6 boards per game. Graf is the most efficient 3-point shooter for the Bulldogs, shooting at a .436 clip from beyond the arc. Yale shooters carry a .377 field goal percentage from the floor and have a 34.3 percent success rate from 3-point range. The Bulldogs has kept its opponents to a .455 field goal percentage and a .367 clip from beyond the arc. Yale averages 37.6 boards a game and hold a .89 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a 5-7 record overall and have yet to play an America East contest this season. UNH prevailed in a 77-74 overtime victory at Brown on Saturday, Jan. 4 to snap a three-game skid. New Hampshire's 77 points matched a season-high since the season opening win at home against Worcester State (Nov. 9).
Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) notched a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds off the bench, including nine points in extra time. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) also registered a career-high in points with 20 while snagging a team-high nine boards in the win. Belanger earned 16 of her 20 points in the first half.
The Wildcats shot 28 of 58 (.483 field goal percentage) while the Bears were 23 of 50 (.460) from the field. New Hampshire owned a plus-seven advantage on the boards, 37-30. Brown forced 15 turnovers while conceding 12 in the match.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12.1 ppg. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) also averages over 10 ppg with a 10.4 average. Belanger and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) controls the glass, grabbing 7.0 and 6.9 rpg respectively. Guards Hogan (16 of 52; .308) and Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; 13 of 33; .394) are the sharpshooters from 3-point range. The Wildcats have accumulated 56.2 ppg while yielding 56.1 ppg to their opponents this season. New Hampshire shooters own a .387 percentage from the floor and have a 26.4 percent success rate from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has kept its opponents to a .348 field goal percentage and a .305 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats snag 37.6 boards a game and hold a .89 assist/turnover ratio.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. YALE: UNH has a 10-1 lifetime record against the Bulldogs. New Hampshire came away victorious in its last encounter at Yale, 57-51 (Nov. 14, 2012).
AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: New Hampshire boasts a 64-35 record against schools from the Ivy League. This season, the Wildcats compete against Brown, Dartmouth and Yale from the Ancient Eight. UNH has already defeated Dartmouth and Brown this season.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: In the 39-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 4-4 record on Jan. 7. New Hampshire has won 4 of the last 6 games on the date.
THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS: Against schools from Connecticut, the Wildcats hold a 24-17 record. The Wildcats were edged out at Central Connecticut earlier this season in a 53-52 defeat (Nov. 20).
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Anderson became the first Wildcat freshman to register at least 30 points since Kris Kenney accomplished the feat on Feb. 7, 1986 at home against Boston University. The freshman guard headlines the squad in assists this season (33) and ranks 10th in the America East with 2.8 assists per game. The 30-point performance by Anderson is the most scored by a Wildcat this season.
E-BOMB: Belanger notched a career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half in an overtime win at Brown (Jan. 3). The sophomore also racked up a personal best two blocks in a losing effort against Boston University (Dec. 22). Currently, the guard leads UNH in rebounds and ranks fourth in America East, averaging 7.0 rpg.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 6, the Wildcats boast the 18th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 56.1 points per game. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 24th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .348 clip. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense (.305 percent). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 6 of 12 contests.
OVERTIME THRILLER: UNH played in its first overtime game since January 2, 2013 at Vermont. The Wildcats prevailed over the Brown University Bears in a 77-74 road victory. It marked the first win in extra time for New Hampshire since it defeated Binghamton on the road 59-52 on Feb. 25, 2012.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: 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. In addition, Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50).
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (21) and steals (11). Kilpatrick's 21 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 12.8 points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .689 free throw percentage. Against Central Connecticut (Nov. 20), she matched a career-high in blocks with four. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (67-61), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.8 ppg, 10th best amongst America East players. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 8 of 12 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). Coia notched her second career double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) in a 69-58 loss against Boston University.
A.G. FOR THREE: Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage and is fourth in the conference with a .371 average. The junior has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games this season. Gaston has registered three treys on two occasions this season, both career-highs in a game.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 5 of 12 games this season. Kilpatrick has notched three double-double efforts this season while Coia has garnered the other two. UNH is 3-2 when a Wildcat records a double-double.
NO EASY BUCKETS: New Hampshire ranks second in America East in blocks (37) and blocks per game (3.1) this season. Kilpatrick has notched at least one block in the last five games.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 5-2 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. Boston University and Howard are the only teams to defeat UNH this season and outscored by the Wildcats in the paint.
THE OPENING TIP: New Hampshire is 5-0 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: UNH has held a lead entering on four occasions and has won all four. New Hampshire is 1-1 when the score is deadlocked at halftime. The Wildcats have yet to defeat an opponent when trailing at the midway point of the game.
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and 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. Belanger and Kilpatrick have led the Wildcats in rebounds four times this season. New Hampshire leads the America East with 27.3 defensive rebounds per game.
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. Hogan joined the duo of Coia and Kilpatrick in double-digit scoring in a one-point loss at Central Connecticut (Nov. 20). 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). 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).
'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: Anderson was selected as the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday, Jan. 6. The freshman garnered her first-ever collegiate career. Furthermore, the freshman guard is the first Wildcat to garner the honor since Hogan received the award on Jan. 3, 2011. Anderson tallied a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds, including nine points in overtime to power the Wildcats over the Brown University Bears, 77-74. The performance marked the first time a freshman garnered at least 30 points in a game since all-time UNH leading scorer Kris Kinney notched 33 against Boston University on Feb. 6, 1986.
Hogan was named to the 2013-14 America East Preseason All-Conference Team, announced by the conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The lone Wildcat representative, Hogan is the leading returner for the Wildcats in scoring this season, averaging 9.8 ppg in 2012-13. Powering UNH to its first conference semifinal appearance since 2005, the guard hit the game-winning trey as time expired to defeat Stony Brook in the quarterfinals, 49-46. Additionally, Hogan's 3-point buzzer beater was voted amongst the fans as the 2012-13 America East Moment of the Year. The senior captain logged in 32.9 minutes per game and dished out 73 assists last season, a team high.
MILESTONE WATCH: 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 301; she tallied #300 Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. In addition, 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
BASKETBALL ON THE GO: 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 on both web and mobile platforms. 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:
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|
MARKED IMPROVEMENT: Under head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), New Hampshire improved its win total seven games from the 2010-11 (nine victories) to 2011-12 seasons (16 victories) to tie the second-highest margin of improvement in program history. UNH also saw a seven-game improvement from 1998 (12) to 1999 (19), while the highest mark of eight games was from 1991 (10) to 1992 (18).
LEADER OF THE 'CAT PACK: The 2013-14 season marks the fourth season for Magarity, who became the sixth head coach in program history in May 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country. Magarity quickly made a positive impact on the program with a 37-52 record in her first three seasons; in comparison, UNH was a combined 33-87 the four years prior to her arrival.
Last season, Magarity led the Wildcats to their first appearances in the America East semifinals since 2005, topping Stony Brook 49-46 on a buzzer beater trey.
In just her second year at the helm in Durham, Magarity guided the Wildcats to their second postseason appearance (beyond conference postseason play) in the program's 37-year history when UNH advanced to the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational. New Hampshire finished the year with a 16-14 overall record to mark the team's first winning season since 2006 and most wins since 2002.
In her first season, Magarity led the Wildcats to a 9-20 overall record and they doubled their conference wins from the previous season.
500 AND COUNTING: Now in its 39th year as a varsity program, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team has an overall record of 516-506 for a .504 winning percentage.
UNH recorded the 500th victory in program history Feb. 22, 2012 with a 65-53 win against Maine on Senior Day at Lundholm Gym. Here is a look at the century milestones:
||at Boston U.||85-60||523||300-223|
||Stony Brook||70-67 OT||717||400-317|
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire opens up America East play as the Wildcats host the Stony Brook Seawolves at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.