GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Looks to Bounce Back at Binghamton (Feb. 12, 7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways, visiting the Binghamton University Bearcats for an America East contest on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m.).
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON: This season, Binghamton carries a 4-20 overall record and an 1-10 mark in conference play. The Bearcats return to their home court after a 65-53 loss at the University of Maine (Feb. 9).
Junior forward Sherae Swinson led the Bearcats with 13 points while senior guard Vaneeshia Paulk tacked on 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the loss to the Black Bears.
Binghamton was held to 16 of 50 (.320 field goal percentage) from the field while Maine was 23 of 56 (.411) from the floor. The Black Bears outrebounded the Bearcats, 38-33.
Swinson leads the Bearcats offense by averaging 10.3 ppg. Sophomore forward Morgan Murphy gives additional firepower on offense with 8.3 ppg. Swinson and Murphy are the top rebounders on the squad, snagging 5.1 and 4.7 rebounds per game respectively.
Binghamton averages 49.5 ppg and surrenders 63.4 to its opponents. On the glass, the Bearcats grab 33.2 rpg while their opposition snags 39.7 a contest.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the conference matchup with a 14-9 overall record and 8-2 in America East. In its last outing, New Hampshire had its four-game winning streak snapped by the Stony Brook University Seawolves, 76-63 (Feb. 9).
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) notched a game-high 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) reached double figures in scoring with 11 points. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) tallied six points, six rebounds and three steals in the loss.
UNH shot 25 of 58 from the floor to post a .431 field goal percentage in the loss. Stony Brook drained 26 of 51 field goal attempts (.510), including 16 of 26 (.615) in the second half.
This season, Hogan leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12.3 ppg. Coia also averages double figures per game in points with 11.7. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) provides additional depth on offense, posting 9.3 ppg. Furthermore, the guard pulls down a team-high 6.5 rpg.
As a team, New Hampshire averages 59.2 ppg while conceding 58.0 to its opponents. On the boards, the Wildcats garner 36.6 rpgs and gives up 37.1 to their opposition.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 13 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 versus 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 Atlantic
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST BINGHAMTON: New Hampshire trails Binghamton in the all-time series with an 8-19 record. In their last meeting, the Wildcats logged their highest scoring tally and margin of victory (+19) against the Bearcats in a 72-53 win at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 2. Head coach Maureen Magarity is 3-7 all-time against the Bearcats all-time and 2-2 in Vestal.
HISTORIC AMERICA EAST START: The Wildcats are over halfway through their conference slate and boast an 8-2 record in America East. After winning its first four America East contests, UNH dropped its first conference decision against Albany on Jan. 23 (47-88). New Hampshire bounced back after the loss and won four consecutive games until the streak was snapped at Stony Brook in a 76-63 loss (Feb. 9). The 8-1 run marks the best nine-game conference stretch in program history.
REJUVENATED 'CATS: After a 1-5 mark in December, New Hampshire has won 10 of its last 12 games. UNH constructed an 8-1 record in the month of January, which matched the best record in the first month of the year since the 1991-92 Wildcats.
DOING 50 IN A 40: The Wildcats have logged a field goal percentage of at least .500 four times this season, most recently at Lundholm Gymnasium against the Bearcats (72-53; Feb. 2). When UNH collectively registers at least a .400 field goal percentage from the field, the Wildcats are 8-1 this season. Additionally, eight of the nine occurrences have happened in the 2014 calendar year and seven against America East opponents.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering halftime on 10 occasions and has won all 10 games.
NAILBITERS: The Wildcats are 5-2 this season in games decided by five points or less. Additionally, UNH is 2-0 this year when games are decided in overtime. New Hampshire has matched its win total from last season in games decided by five points or fewer.
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. The Wildcats are 7-2 since Magarity took over the coaching duties in the 2010-11 season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: New Hampshire is 4-0 when UNH has registered four different scorers with at least 10 points in a game. Against Colgate (Nov. 25), the quartet of Hogan (15), Coia (14), Kristen Anderson (Greene Maine; 11) and Belanger (10) powered the 'Cats offense to a 63-58 victory. The Wildcats replicated the success against UMass Lowell (Jan. 26; 75-68) as Anderson led the way with 23 points followed by Belanger (18), Coia (12) and Hogan (12). Belanger paced the scoring quartet with 20 points in a 74-73 win over Maine (Jan. 29) on a last second floater. The sophomore guard was followed by Gaston (14), Hogan (14) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 10). Belanger again spearheaded the scoring effort against Binghamton with 18 points in a 72-53 win over Binghamton (Feb. 2). She was accompanied by Anderson (14), Coia (13) and Hogan (10).
PICK YOUR POISON: The Wildcats have registered six different leading scorers this season. Anderson, Belanger, Coia, Gaston, Hogan and Kilpatrick have all led the team in points in a single game during the 2013-14 season. Coia has led the scoring for UNH on eight occasions, a team-high.
CRACKING THE CODE: Magarity has used just five different starting lineups this season. The starting five of Belanger, Coia, Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), Gaston and Hogan has been used five times, all in winning efforts.
MAKING COMPARISONS: The 2013-14 Wildcats have constructed a 14-9 record overall and 8-2 in America East play, the second highest amount of wins (overall and in conference play) under the tutelage of Magarity. Here is a look the at the past seasons in program history with at least 14 wins:
|Year||Overall Record (Conf. Record)||Year||Overall Record (Conf. Record)||Year||Overall Record (Conf. Record)|
|1977-78||14-5||1988-89||16-11 (10-4)||1998-99||19-8 (13-5)|
|1979-80||15-7||1991-92||18-8 (9-4)||2001-02||16-13 (9-7)|
|1981-82||18-8||1992-93||18-8 (10-4)||2004-05||15-14 (10-8)|
|1982-83||23-7||1993-94||17-11 (8-6)||2011-12*||16-14 (9-7)|
|1983-84||20-8||1995-96||16-12 (12-6)||2013-14*||14-9 (8-2)|
|1987-88||19-8 (11-3)||1996-97||18-10 (14-4)
* Coached by Maureen Magarity
ECLIPSING 30: Anderson and Hogan have each tallied 30-point performances in overtime this season. The tandem is the first to accomplish 30-point efforts since the 2011-12 season. Against Brown (Jan. 3), Anderson registered 30 points in a 77-74 win. Hogan notched 35 points at home in a 71-68 victory over Stony Brook (Jan. 8). Both the 30-point efforts were career-highs for the guards. New Hampshire has two of the six 30-point games around the conference this season and the only one against an America East foe.
HOGAN REACHING MILESTONES: Hogan became the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score at least 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 1,077 points to rank 13th all-time in program history. Furthermore, the guard reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50). Currently, Hogan has tallied 349 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank fifth all-time in UNH women's basketball history. Furthermore, 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.
TENACIOUS D: In the latest NCAA rankings, the Wildcats are 28th in Division I by holding their opponents to 58.0 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 44th in field goal percentage defense (.365) and 14th (.265) in 3-point field goal percentage defense. As of Feb. 11, the Wildcats boast the top spot in America East in 3-point field goal percentage defense and defensive rebounds per game (26.7). Additionally, UNH ranks second in the America East in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 11 of 23 contests.
FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Wildcats have eclipsed 20 free throws made in wins against NJIT (Nov. 13; 53-40), Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53), Stony Brook (Jan. 11; 77-74 OT) and UMass Lowell (Jan. 26; 75-68). In the game against the River Hawks, New Hampshire converted 16 consecutive free throws in the second half to notch the victory. New Hampshire boasts the second-best free throw percentage in America East with a .723 clip on 263 of 364 shooting. This season, UNH is 8-1 when it attempts more free throws.
COMEBACK KIDS: UNH erased an 18-point deficit in the first half to rally past Hartford (Jan. 18) in a 61-56 win. The victory is the largest come-from-behind win New Hampshire has earned this season. In spite of that, the Wildcats are just 3-7 when trailing at halftime.
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. The 35 points is the most scored by a Wildcat this season. Before the game against the Seawolves, Hogan's season-high in scoring was 17 in a 67-60 loss at Bryant (Dec. 1). In a second match against SBU, Hogan paced all scorers with 25 points in a 76-63 losing effort (Feb. 9). The guard ranks first on the team and eighth in America East in scoring with 12.3 ppg. Hogan has reached double digits in points in 15 of 23 games this season. The senior guard became 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 second on the team in scoring and 11th in America East with 11.7 ppg this season. Furthermore, she leads the team in field goal percentage with a .477 clip to rank fifth in the conference. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 17 of 23 games this season, a team-high. She has recorded four double-doubles this season, most recently registering 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-68 win against UMass Lowell (Jan. 27). The red shirt sophomore matched a career-high 19 points in a loss against Boston University (Dec. 22).
E-BOMB: Belanger has notched a pair of 20-point performances this season. The guard set a career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half in an overtime win at Brown (Jan. 3). Belanger matched her career-high of 20 points, which included the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds left in a 74-73 win over Maine (Jan. 29). The sophomore recorded her first double-double of her collegiate career (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a victory at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26 (75-68). Currently, the guard leads the team rebounds and ranks seventh in America East, averaging 6.5 rpg.
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named co-captain for the 2013-14 season by Magarity and leads the Wildcats in blocks (31), which ranks third in America East. Between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, the 6-foot-4 forward tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games. Furthermore, Kilpatrick leads the teams in double-doubles with five. The junior has also raised her free throw percentage by 14.4 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, Kilpatrick forward has compiled a .711 free throw percentage. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (61-67), she notched a season-high 15 points. Kilpatrick racked up a career-high five blocks as part of a double-double effort (11 points, 10 rebounds) in a win against Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53). Most recently, the junior recorded game highs in points (14), rebounds (eight) and assists (four) in a 46-35 win against UMBC (Feb. 6).
DOUBLE TROUBLE: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 8 of 23 games this season. Kilpatrick leads all players in double-doubles with five. Coia has registered four double-doubles of her own. Belanger recorded her first collegiate double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 27; 75-68). UNH is 6-2 when a player registers a double-double.
CEDAR POINT: Gaston has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games and has matched a career-high of three treys on two occasions. She recorded a personal-best six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). The guard registered a new career-high in scoring with 14 points at Maine in a 74-73 win (Jan. 29). Gaston leads the 'Cats in assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and ranks fourth in the conference.
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 at Hartford (Jan. 20). Frankenberger recorded the game-tying shot from beyond the arc in the come from behind win against the Hawks. The senior eclipsed double figures in scoring with 13 points at UMBC (Jan. 15) in a 59-50 win.
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Anderson became the first Wildcat freshman to register at least 30 points in a 77-74 overtime win at Brown on Jan. 3. Before Anderson, Kris Kenney was the last Wildcat to accomplish the feat on Feb. 7, 1986 at home against Boston University. The freshman has also notched a 23-point performance off the bench in a 75-68 win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 26).
K-MART: Sophomore forward Kendall Martenet (Mukwonago, Wis.) has come off the bench in 18 of 23 games this season. After sitting out the month of November with an injury, the 6-foot-2 forward has appeared in every game since. Martenet matched a career-high with six points as part of a come-from-behind win at Harford on Jan. 18 (61-56). She also tied a personal-best six rebounds in a 72-53 victory over Binghamton (Feb. 2).
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 11-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger has led the 'Cats on the glass nine times this season.
'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: The UNH women's basketball team has been garnered three conference awards during the 2013-14 season.
Belanger was tabbed as the America East Player of the Week on Feb. 3. She averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for UNH in wins against the University of Maine (Jan. 29) and Binghamton University (Feb. 2). In the 74-73 win against Maine, the sophomore guard matched her career-high with 20 points, including the game-winning floater with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Furthermore, Belanger set a new career-high in steals with four swipes. Posting a 72-53 victory against Binghamton, Belanger paced the Wildcats in scoring and on the glass with 16 points and seven rebounds. In addition, she dished out a personal-best five assists.
Anderson was selected as the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced on Jan. 6. 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 (Jan. 3). 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 on 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.
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.
MILESTONE WATCH: Hogan became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club in a 65-40 victory over Vermont on Jan. 20, 2014. Currently, Hogan ranks 13th all-time in UNH women's basketball history with 1,077 points. The senior guard also ranks in the top five in career assists and 3-pointers made. Kilpatrick has also cracked the top ten in career blocks. Here is a look at the career lists:
|1. Amy Simpson
|2. Heidi Plencner
|3. Cari Reed
|4. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||148|
|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. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||349|
|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|
|15. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||1,077|
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||70|
MARKED IMPROVEMENT: Under Magarity, 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). Magarity has already surpassed her win tally (14) from last season (12) with six regular season games remaining this season.
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 525-509 for a .507 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|
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: The UNH athletic department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) during the game against the University of Hartford.
The event is to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a matter that promotes social justice and change.
On game day, UNH will provide enrichment, face-painting, posters as well as the opportunity to learn a cheer from the UNH cheerleading squad during halftime. Children up to the eighth grade will get free admission into the game.
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of four premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, and the Women's Sports Foundation.
Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 432 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.
COACH HOGAN?: Hogan was selected as one of the 50 members of the 2014 class that will attend the 12th annual WBCA "So You Want to be a Coach" program, announced Thursday, Feb. 6.
Participants will attend a three-day workshop that will be held in conjunction with the annual WBCA National Convention, which takes place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, at the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four in Nashville, Tenn.
The objectives of the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball. Furthermore, the workshop aims to increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.
Participants must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach must be an active WBCA member and nominate them. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.
DUE NEXT: UNH returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) to host the University of Hartford Hawks for its National Girls and Women in Sports game streamed live on ESPN3. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000.