GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Returns Home to Host Vermont for America East Battle (Jan. 20, 7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to the confines of Lundholm Gymnasium as the Wildcats host the University of Vermont Catamounts on Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.). 

RADIO: Monday, Jan. 20 - 7:00 p.m. | Wildcat Sports Radio Network

WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester, WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester, Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com

Jim Jeannotte (Play by Play), Mike Murphy (Analyst)

SCOUTING VERMONT: The Catamounts enter the Monday night showdown with a 5-12 record overall and 2-2 in America East play. Vermont snapped a seven-game losing streak as the Catamounts topped the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers, 63-59 on Jan. 18. 

Freshman guards Kylie Butler and Kristina White led UVM with 16 points apiece in the win against UMBC. Junior forward Niki Taylor aided the winning effort with a double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior forward Kayla Burchill leads the Catamounts in scoring with 10.8 points per game. Taylor also averages double-digits per game in scoring with 10.5 per game tally. Butler and Taylor are the top rebounders on the squad with rebound, averaging 6.8 and 6.5 respectively.

UVM averages 64.9 ppg while conceding 73.1 to its opponents this season. Vermont logs a .373 percentage from the field and registers a .313 clip from 3-point range. The Catamounts have defended the floor at a .431 field goal percentage and a .331 clip from beyond the arc. UVM garners 40.8 boards a game and possess a .65 assist/turnover ratio.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire is riding a five-game winning streak and stands at 9-7 overall. Furthermore, the Wildcats are 3-0 in conference play and are one of two unbeaten teams remaining in America East play (Albany, 14-3, 4-0). 

UNH erased an 18-point deficit in the first half to rally past the University of Hartford Hawks, 61-56 in its last outing (Jan. 18).

Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.), led all scorers with 16 points and snagged five rebounds. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), starting her 100th game of her collegiate career, chipped in 11 points and served a season-high seven assists. New Hampshire shot 23 of 55 from the field for a .418 percentage. 

Coia and Hogan are the top scorers for the Wildcats in scoring with 12.1 ppg this season. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass; 7.1 rpg) and junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 6.3 rpg) lead the rebounding effort. Senior guard/forward Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany; 8 of 24; .333) is the most efficient 3-point shooter. 

New Hampshire compiles 57.8 ppg while surrendering 55.9 to its opponents this season. The Wildcats have constructed a .393 field goal percentage and a .266 percentage from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has limited its opponents to a .342 field goal percentage and a .280 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats grab 37.7 boards a game and possess a .97 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

Here is the complete schedule:

Dec. 4    
Howard
Jan. 26     at UMass Lowell
Dec. 18 Cleveland State Feb. 6 UMBC
Dec. 22 Boston University Feb. 16 Hartford
Jan. 7 Yale Feb. 22 UMass Lowell
Jan. 11 Stony Brook Feb. 26 Albany
Jan. 20 Vermont Mar. 1 Maine


A total of six regular-season games will be televised, including home games vs. Boston University, Stony Brook University, the University of Hartford, 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)
Jan. 26 at UMass Lowell ESPN3
Feb. 16 Hartford ESPN3
Feb. 22 UMass Lowell FOX College Sports Atlantic
Mar. 1 Maine FOX College Sports Pacific

ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST VERMONT: UNH has a 32-40 lifetime record against the Catamounts. The Wildcats have a 21-12 home record in this series and have won three straight at Lundholm Gymnasium. 

WINNING STREAK: New Hampshire has won its last five games, marking the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Wildcats have accomplished the feat. In addition, it is the first 3-0 start in America East play since 2004-05. The five consecutive wins is the most that head coach Maureen Magarity has registered in her career at the helm. 

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

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: The Wildcats are 5-4 lifetime on Jan. 20 and are 4-3 when playing at home. 

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. In her career, Hogan has accumulated 987 points.

TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 17, the Wildcats boast the 15th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 55.9 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 14th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .345 clip. Entering the week, UNH leads the America East in scoring defense (56.1 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.341), 3-point field goal percentage (.278), and defensive rebounds per game (27.8). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 9 of 16 contests.

COMEBACK KIDS: UNH erased an 18-point deficit in the first half to rally past Hartford, 61-56. The victory is the largest come-from-behind win New Hampshire has earned this season. Previously, New Hampshire's largest rally was eight points against Brown (Jan. 3; 77-74, OT).

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). The guard ranks tied for first on the team and eighth in America East with 12.1 ppg.

CC'S COURT: Coia ranks tied for first on the team in scoring and tied for eighth in America East with 12.1 ppg this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 12 of 16 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).

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 62 of 80 attempts for a .775 percentage since Dec. 15.

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 (28), and steals (12). 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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE TREES: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 6 of 15 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.

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 the team rebounds and ranks sixth in America East, averaging 7.1 rpg.

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 320 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank 10th all-time in UNH women's basketball history. 

CEDAR POINT: Gaston has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games and has matched a career-high three treys on two occasions. The junior guard recorded a career-high six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). In addition, Gaston is tied for the team lead in assists with 44.

THEY CALL ME GERM: Frankenberger has matched her career-high of 3-pointers in a game with two on three occasions this season. The senior has posted a pair of treys in back-to-back games at UMBC (Jan. 18) and Hartford (Jan. 20). Frankenberger recorded the game-tying shot from beyond the arc in the come from behind win against the Hawks.

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.

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 third in America East in blocks (45) and blocks per game (2.8) this season. Kilpatrick tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11. Furthermore, the junior accounts for 62 percent of UNH's blocks and leads the America East in blocked shots per game (1.8). 

PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 6-2 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. 

WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering on seven occasions and has won all seven decisions. New Hampshire is 1-1 when the score is deadlocked at halftime. 

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 has led the 'Cats in rebounding seven times this season. 

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). 

'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, 2013 at home against Vermont. Hogan is also 10th in career assists with 313; 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 976 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- 134
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
   
9. Michelle Altobello 1984-88
325
10.  KELSEY HOGAN
2008- 320
11. Melissa Pfefferle 1984-88 310
     
POINTS    
15.    Heidi Plencner
1998-02 1,000
16.    KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 987
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- 67
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 520-506 for a .506 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 start a season-long three game road trip with a match up against the University at Albany on Thursday, Jan. 23 (12 p.m.). UNH is back in action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.), hosting Binghamton University. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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