WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM SELECTS CAPTAINS FOR 2009-10

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire women's basketball head coach Kristin Cole and her staff announced that senior Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), sophomore Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) have been named tri-captains for the upcoming 2009-10 season.

"I am very excited about Candace, Denise and Kelsey being named team captains," said Cole. "I feel very strongly that each of them embody the true sense of the words leadership, commitment, dedication and loyalty.  I am confident they will lead this team and help us to accomplish our goals."

Williams was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team last season, becoming only the tenth player in program history to garner the honor. She averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game last season, as one of just two players in the conference to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding. Williams led the Wildcats in scoring in 22 contests last season, but her most impressive scoring outburst came against Boston University when she drained a career-high 27 points on Jan. 17.  She also tallied the second most free throws in a single season in program history with 159, including a career-high 10 against Hartford on Feb. 4.

Beliveau, who sat out last season due to injury, played in 28 of 29 games as a freshman. She averaged 10 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game, which topped the America East freshman class.  In addition to her superior scoring and rebounding efforts, Beliveau also contributed defensively tallying a team-high 55 steals on the season.

As for Hogan, her season was also cut short due to injury, but was still able to make an impact averaging 8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and 3 assists per game in three contests. Her most impressive performance came against Bryant on Nov. 14 when she tallied a season-high 20 points and eight rebounds.

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