GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Set to Battle Against UMass Lowell in Coaches vs. Cancer Game (Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3)
DURHAM, N.H. The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team treks to the Tsongas Center to take on the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks for an America East contest on Sunday, Jan. 26 (4:30 p.m.).
Play-by-Play: Eric Frede
Analyst: Vera Jones
RADIO: WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester, WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester, Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com
Play-by-Play: Jim Jeannotte
Color Commentary: Mike Murphy
COACHES VS. CANCER SUITS AND SNEAKERS DOUBLEHEADER: The UNH women's basketball game will be the second half of the UNH-UMass Lowell basketball doubleheader while the men is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m. A portion of ticket sales for the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society, tickets are on sale now through the Tsongas Center Box Office.
SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL: The River Hawks come into Sunday's conference battle with a 2-16 overall record and a 1-6 mark against America East foes. UML dropped its fourth-straight game in a 75-66 home loss against Maine on Jan. 23.
Junior guard Jasmine McRoy provided an offensive spark, scoring a team-high 19 points to accompany her eight total rebounds. Sophomore forward Lindsey Doucette chalked up a double-double performance with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Shannon Samuels added 16 points and four assists in the loss.
Samuels leads the River Hawks in both points (12.8 ppg) and assists per game (3.8 apg). McRoy has also emerged as a go-to scorer for UML, tallying 12.1 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game. Doucette rounds out UMass Lowell's top three scorers, registering 10.1 ppg to go along with her team-high 7.3 rpg.
The River Hawks score 64.4 ppg but allow opponents to score 83.1 a game. UML has shot .342 percent from the field this season, while surrendering a .468 field goal percentage. UMass Lowell has shot .229 clip from 3-point land and have defended the 3-point arc at a .345 percentage. The River Hawks have consistently won the turnover battle this season, compiling a positive turnover differential (+2.9).
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats face off with the River Hawks after seeing their six-game winning streak snapped after an 88-47 loss at Albany on Jan. 23. New Hampshire holds a 10-8 overall record alongside a 4-1 mark in America East play.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) hit 2 of 3 from 3-point land to lead UNH's scoring effort with 11 points. Redshirt sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) tallied 10 points and four rebounds for New Hampshire. The Wildcats shot 15 of 55 from the field for a shooting percentage of .273.
Coia (12.3 ppg) and Hogan (11.9 ppg) represent New Hampshire's top two scoring threats. Hogan is also the squad's most efficient 3-point shooter, hitting 33.8% from beyond the arch.
Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) contributes consistently for the Wildcats on both sides of the court. Belanger notches 8.2 ppg and pulls down 6.9 rpg. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) has racked up a team-high 31 blocks for the 'Cats defense.
UNH tallies 57.3 ppg and concedes 57.1 to its opponents this season. The Wildcats carry a .393 field goal percentage and a .271 clip from beyond the arc. Defensively, New Hampshire holds its opponents to a .352 shooting percentage from the field and a .281 clip from 3-point range. The 'Cats grab 36.9 rpg and carries a .89 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
FOX College Sports Pacific
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST UMASS LOWELL: UNH and UML meet for the second time in the all-time series. New Hampshire topped UMass Lowell 93-35 on Dec. 8, 1977 in Durham. In addition, the win is the largest margin of victory in program history.
HISTORIC AMERICA EAST START: The Wildcats started their conference schedule with four consecutive wins, the best start to America East play since the 1992-93 season. UNH dropped its first conference decision against Albany on Jan. 23 (47-88).
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.
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.
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 323 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank 10th all-time in UNH women's basketball history.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 25 the Wildcats boast the 19th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 57.1 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 18th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .352 clip., The Wildcats boast the top spot in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.351), and defensive rebounds per game (26.9). Furthermore, UNH ranks second in the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 10 of 18 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 second on the team and tied for 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).
HOGAN ON THE CONFERENCE CALL: Hogan is the top 3-point shooter amongst conference players this season. The senior guard has registered a .563 field goal percentage from beyond the arc in five games. Additionally, Hogan has accumulated 16 ppg in America East games to rank fourth in the conference.
CC'S COURT: Coia ranks first on the team in scoring and seventh in America East with 12.2 ppg this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 14 of 18 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 69 of 89 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 (31), and steals (14). Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 15 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 seventh 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 assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
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 (51) and blocks per game (2.8) this season. Kilpatrick tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11. UMass Lowell leads the America East in blocked shots with 3.1 per game.
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).
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, 2013 at home against Vermont. Hogan is also 10th in career assists with 323; 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-||138|
|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-||1,012|
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||70
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 conclude their season-long three game road trip, trekking to visit the University of Maine Black Bears on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.). UNH returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.), hosting Binghamton University. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.