DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team visits the University at Albany Great Danes in a battle of undefeated teams in America East play. The tip off is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m.
SCOUTING ALBANY: Albany returns to the hardwood with an overall record of 15-3 and 5-0 in America East play. The Great Danes extended its winning streak to six games defeating the Binghamton University Bearcats, 66-36 on Jan. 20.
Sophomore Shereesha Richards led the team with 17 points in the win against Binghamton. Senior guard Tammy Phillip paced the team on the glass with 16 rebounds.
Richards averages a double-double per game, tallying 22.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Junior Sarah Royals aids the team with her passing efforts with a conference-high 4.8 assists per game.
Albany registers 72.1 ppg while giving away 57.7 to its opponents this season. The Great Danes logs a .475 percentage from the field and records a .309 clip from the 3-point range. Albany has defended the floor at a .368 field goal percentage and a .290 clip from beyond the arc. The Great Danes snag 39.4 rebounds per game and carries a 0.9 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats put their six-game winning streak on the line with a 10-7 overall mark and 4-0 in conference play. In its last outing, UNH trumped the University of Vermont Catamounts, 60-45 on Jan. 20.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored 14 points and became the 17th member of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team's 1,000-point club. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) paced the Wildcats in scoring with a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) also recorded 14 points in the victory.
Coia leads the team in with a 12.3 scoring average per game. Hogan also carries a double-digit scoring average with 12.2 ppg. Belanger controls the glass as the guard snags 6.9 rpg. Hogan is the top 3-pointer on the squad, carrying a .324 clip (23 of 71) from beyond the arc.
UNH tallies 57.9 ppg and concedes 55.3 to its opponents this season. The Wildcats carry a .400 field goal percentage and a .264 clip from beyond the arc. Defensively, New Hampshire holds its opponents to a .339 shooting percentage from the field and a .275 clip from 3-point range. The 'Cats grab 37.6 rpg and carries a .93 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:
||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.
||WBIN (Comcast 18, Over the Air 50, Fios 6, DirecTV 50, Dish Network 50)|
||Stony Brook||Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466, Over the Air 50.2)|
|Jan. 26||at UMass Lowell||ESPN3|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports Atlantic
|Mar. 1||Maine||FOX College Sports Pacific
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST ALBANY: UNH has a 14-13 lifetime record against Albany, which swept the season series last year and knocked off the 'Cats in the America East semifinal round. New Hampshire's most recent win vs. UA was Feb. 3, 2011 – 60-46 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats have a 5-8 road record in the series and have lost four straight at SEFCU Arena dating back to their 87-77 win Jan. 22, 2010.
WINNING STREAK: New Hampshire has won its last six games, marking the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Wildcats have accomplished the feat. The six consecutive wins is the most that head coach Maureen Magarity has registered in her career at the helm.
HISTORIC AMERICA EAST START: The Wildcats have started their conference schedule with four consecutive wins, the best start to America East play since the 1992-93 season.
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: The Wildcats have a 90-69 lifetime record against schools that hail from New York.
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE: New Hampshire owns the top-scoring defense in the conference by allowing 57.9 ppg. Albany boasts the highest scoring average amongst America East institutions with 72.1 ppg. Furthermore, the Wildcats (.338) and Great Danes (.475) hold the top percentages in field goal percentage defense and offense in their respective categories.
1,000 POINT CLUB: Hogan became the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a collegiate career. The senior point guard reached the milestone with a 14-point performance in a 65-40 win at home against Vermont (Jan. 20). The last Wildcat to reach the honor was Denise Beliveau on Dec. 3, 2011. In her career, Hogan has accumulated 1,001 points.
CAREER START NO. 100: Hogan started in her 100th game of her collegiate career as a Wildcat in the game against Hartford (Jan. 18). The senior guard and three-time co-captain has started in every game but one in her career (102 games played, 101 games started).
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 322 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank 10th all-time in UNH women's basketball history.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 22, the Wildcats boast the 15th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 55.3 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 14th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .339 clip. Entering the week, UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage (.275), and defensive rebounds per game (27.7). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 10 of 17 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. The senior guard now is the 17th member of the 1,000-point club, reaching the milestone in a win against Vermont (60-45; Jan. 20).
CC'S COURT: Coia ranks first on the team in scoring and tied for eighth in America East with 12.3 ppg this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 13 of 17 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 66 of 86 attempts for a .767 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 (13). Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 13 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .697 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 17 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 tied for fifth in America East, averaging 6.9 rpg.
CEDAR POINT: Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games and has matched a career-high three treys on two occasions. She recorded a career-high six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). In addition, Gaston leads the 'Cats in assists (47) and assist/turnover ratio (1.9).
THEY CALL ME GERM: Senior forward/guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) 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) prevailing 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 (47) 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 59.5 percent of UNH's blocks and is second the America East in blocked shots per game (1.6).
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 7-2 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 eight occasions and has won all eight 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 6-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger has led the 'Cats in rebounding seven times this season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: UNH has logged five different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more this season. 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). The trio of Coia (16), Belanger (14) and Hogan (14) all reached double figures in a win over Vermont (60-45; Jan. 20).
'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 became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club in a victory over Vermont on Jan. 20. 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. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||136|
|7. Ashley Cerniglia
|8. Julie Donlon
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|1. Kelly Karil||1994-98||404|
|2. Whitney Edwards||2003-07||382|
|3. Martha Morrison||1978-82||368|
|4. Amy Simpson||2006-10||361|
|5. Kelly Donohue||1997-01||341|
|6. Julie Donlon||1987-91||336|
|7. Linda Neilson||1980-83||328|
|8. Karen Pinkos||1984-88||326|
|9. Michelle Altobello||1984-88
|10. KELSEY HOGAN
|1. Kris Kinney||1985-89||2,231|
|2. Laura Seiden||1989-93||1,602|
|3. Sheila Danker||1993-97||1,539|
|4. Maren Matthias||2000-04||1,503|
|5. Orsi Farkas||1996-00||1,434|
|6. Denise Beliveau||2007-12||1,365|
|7. Danielle Clark||2003-07||1,331|
|8. Candace Williams||2006-10||1,277|
|9. Theresa Redmond||1979-83||1,252|
|10. Pam Brandell||1993-97||1,140|
|11. Aubrey Danen||1998-03||1,087|
|12. Gail Jackson||1980-84||1,081|
|13. Amy Simpson||2006-10||1,063|
|14. Kendall Daly||1989-93||1,061|
|15. Kelly Butterfield||1981-85||1,030|
|16. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||1,001|
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||67|
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:
||at Boston U.||85-60||523||300-223|
||Stony Brook||70-67 OT||717||400-317|
DUE NEXT: The Wildcats continue their season-long three game road trip, visiting the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks on Sunday, Jan. 26 (4:30 p.m.). The match will be aired on ESPN3. 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.