January 14, 2014

GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Travels to Battle UMBC (Jan. 15, 12 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to four games as the Wildcats visit the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country for a matinee showdown on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (12 p.m.). 

SCOUTING UMBC: The Retrievers enter the match up with a 2-13 record overall and a 1-2 mark in America East play. After defeating Binghamton in its conference opener, UMBC has fallen at Maine (Jan. 8; 69-38) and at home against UMass Lowell (Jan. 11; 65-57).

Freshman forward Sara Tarbert registered her third double-double of the season and freshman guard Emily Russo nearly accomplished a triple-double performance to finish with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the loss against UML.

Tarbet paces the Retrievers in scoring with 12.9 points per game this season. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, has accumulated 8.7 ppg. Tarbet also leads the Retrievers in rebounding as the 5-foot-11 forward averages 7.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Janelle Saling is the leading 3-point shooter, compiling a .310 percentage from beyond the arc on 18 of 58 shooting

UMBC has averaged 48.5 ppg while allowing 63.9 to its opponents. Retriever shooters have constructed a .384 field goal percentage and a .258 clip from 3-point range. 

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats are riding a three-game winning streak, recently edging out the Stony Brook University Seawolves at home, 71-68 in overtime.

Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) broke out for a career-high 35 points to pace UNH to a 71-68 overtime victory against Stony Brook University in the Wildcats' America East opener at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 11. New Hampshire shot 23 of 55 (41.8 percent) from the field and was 5 of 20 (25.0 percent) from beyond the arc.

Hogan leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12.4 ppg this season. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) has led UNH in scoring on six occasions and averages 11.6 ppg.

Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass; 6.9 rpg) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 6.8 rpg) are the top rebounders on the squad. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; 13 of 37; .351) is the most efficient 3-point shooter.

The Wildcats have accumulated 57.1 ppg while surrendering 56.6 ppg to their opponents this season. New Hampshire has compiled a .386 field goal percentage from the floor and owns a .263 percentage from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has kept its opponents to a .346 field goal percentage and a .296 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats average 37.4 boards a game and possess a .87 assist/turnover ratio.

WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 11 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 five 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.

Dec. 22    
Boston University        
WBIN (Comcast 18, Over the Air 50, Fios 6, DirecTV 50, Dish Network 50)
Jan. 11
Stony Brook Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466, Over the Air 50.2)
Feb. 16 Hartford ESPN3
Feb. 22 UMass Lowell FOX College Sports
Mar. 1 Maine FOX College Sports


ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST UMBC:
UNH trails in the all-time series against UMBC with a 9-12 mark. Last season, the two exchanged wins at home. The Retrievers won the last meeting between the two schools, 59-50 in the RAC Arena on Feb. 13, 2013.

AGAINST SCHOOLS FROM MARYLAND: New Hampshire is 21-17 lifetime against institutions from Maryland. UMBC is the only school UNH will play from the state of Maryland during the 2013-14 regular season.

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: The Wildcats are 5-4 lifetime on Jan. 15, including a 2-2 record away from Durham, N.H.

CAREER GAME NO. 100: Hogan will play in her 100th game of her career as a Wildcat in the game against UMBC. The senior guard and three-time co-captain has started in every game but one in her career.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Hogan is projected to be the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score at least 1,000 points in a collegiate career. The senior point guard would be the next Wildcat to reach the honor since Denise Beliveau logged her milestone point on Dec. 3, 2011.

TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 14, the Wildcats boast the 19th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 56.6 points per game. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 18th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .346 clip. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage (.294 percent), blocked shots (44) and defensive rebounds per game (27.3). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 7 of 14 contests.

CAREER-HIGHS FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Wildcats have eclipsed 20 free throws converted in back-to-back games against Yale (Jan. 7) and Stony Brook (Jan. 11).  Coia recorded a personal best 13 of 17 free throws in a 58-53 win over the Bulldogs. In the overtime win against the Seawolves; Hogan netted a career-best 12 free throws on 14 attempts, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the line in extra time. The duo has scored 54 of 64 attempts for a .843 percentage since Dec. 15.

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. In the conference opener against Stony Brook (Jan. 11) Hogan netted a career-high 35 points, including eight points in overtime to pace UNH in a 71-68 win. Prior to the game against the Seawolves, Hogan's season-high in scoring was 17 in a 67-60 loss at Bryant (Dec. 1).

KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in three different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank on the team in blocks (27), and steals (18). Kilpatrick's 27 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 12 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .692 free throw percentage. The junior racked up a career-high five blocks in a win against Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53), tied for the most by an America East player this season. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (67-61), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.

CC'S COURT: Coia ranks second on the team in scoring this season with 11.6 ppg, 10th-best amongst America East players. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 10 of 14 games this season, a team-high. She leads the team in double-doubles this season with four, most recently in a 15 point 12 rebound performance against Yale. (Jan. 7). The red shirt sophomore matched a career-high 19 points in a loss against Boston University (Dec. 22).

300 ASSISTS: Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50). Currently, Hogan has tallied 310 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank­ tied for 10th all-time in UNH women's basketball history.

SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) 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 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 is second on the team rebounds and ranks seventh in America East, averaging 6.9 rpg.

CEDAR POINT: Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage with a .351 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-DOUBLES FOR THE TREES: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 6 of 14 games this season. Kilpatrick leads the team with four double-doubles while Coia has garnered the three. The 6-foot-4 forward duo is 4-2 when either of them record a double-double.

OVERTIME THRILLERS: 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 on Jan. 3. It marked the first win in extra time for New Hampshire since it defeated Binghamton on the road 59-52 on Feb. 25, 2012. New Hampshire played in another overtime game just eight days later at home against Stony Brook (Jan. 11). The Wildcats were able to edge out the Seawolves, 71-68.

NO EASY BUCKETS: New Hampshire ranks first in America East in blocks (44) and second in blocks per game (3.3) this season. Kilpatrick has notched at least one block in the last seven games. Furthermore, the junior accounts for 60 percent of UNH's blocks and leads the America East in blocked shots per game (1.9).

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 6-0 this season when the Wildcats control the opening tip. UNH has only won once (Jan. 7 against Yale; 58-53) when yielding the first possession.

WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering on six occasions and has won all six decisions. 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 5-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger Coia 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). 

Coia (15), Hogan (13) and Kilpatrick (10) all reached double figures for the second time as a trio in a 58-53 win against Yale (Jan. 7).

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was ranked fourth in the 2013-14 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16. UNH received 46 points, including one first place vote behind the University at Albany (64 points; eight first-place votes), University of Hartford (54) and Stony Brook University (48). The University of Vermont (30), University of Maine (27), UMBC (24) Binghamton University (23) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (8) round out the nine-team poll. 

'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 10th in career assists with 310; she tallied #300 on Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. The senior guard is also projected to be the 17th member of the 1,000-point club. Currently, Hogan ranks 17th among all-time UNH players with 967 points.  In addition, Kilpatrick ranks in the top 10 in blocks in a career. Here is a look at the career lists:

3-POINTERS MADE
 
NAME YEAR #
1.    Amy Simpson  
2006-2010 193
2.    Heidi Plencner              
1998-2002 179
3.    Cari Reed                
2009-2013 178
4.    Kelly Karl            
1994-1998 142
5.    Denise Beliveau            
2007-2012 141
6.    KELSEY HOGAN 2008-PRESENT 132
7.    Ashley Cerniglia  
2004-2007       
131
8.    Julie Donlon              
1987-1991 126
9.    Danielle Clark             
2003-2007 123
10.  Ebony Woods       
2002-2005 109
     
ASSISTS
   
10.  Melissa Pfefferle             
1984-88
310
10.  KELSEY HOGAN
2008- 310
12.  Kiki Proctor     
1998-2002 287
     
POINTS    
15.    Heidi Plencner
1998-02 1,000
16.    KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 967
17.    Kathy Sanborn
1975-79 930
         Danielle Clark      
2003-07 930
     
BLOCKS
   
1.   Denise Higgins             
1980-84 
186
2.   Maren Matthias        
 2000-04    
153
      Jill McDonald               
2007-11 153
4.   Pam Brandell               
1994-98 114
5.   Ray Williams              
2007-12 84
6.   Kris Kinney               
2004-07 77
7.   KAYLEE KILPATRICK  2011- 66
8.   Amy Simpson               
1987-91 65
9.   Aubrey Danen               
1998-03 62
10. Kathy Caldwell     
1993-1997 51


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.

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 UNH Wildcats head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), 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 518-506 for a .505 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:

Mark
Date Opponent
Result Game Record
1st 12/12/75
Maine-Gorham 
64-60 1 1-0
100 01/25/83
at Yale 75-56 155 100-55
200 12/09/90
UMass 66-60 336 200-136
300
02/25/96
at Boston U. 85-60 523 300-223
400 03/01/03 
Stony Brook 70-67 OT 717 400-317
500 02/22/12 Maine 65-53 983 500-483


DUE NEXT:
 The Wildcats will remain on the road as the Hartford University Hawks hosts UNH on Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m.). New Hampshire's next home game will be Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.), as the Wildcats host the University of Vermont Catamounts. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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