Women's Hoop Hits the Road to Take on Syracuse (Nov. 29)

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THE MATCHUP

Monday's matchup between New Hampshire and Syracuse University will mark the eighth meeting all-time between both teams, with the last matchup coming on Dec. 30, 2009. The 23rd-ranked Orange got the best of the Wildcats in that contest, earning a 58-48 victory at Manley Field House. Before that game, the last time the two programs met was on Dec. 6, 1986, as the Wildcats posted a 72-62 victory over the Orange at Lundholm Gymnasium. However, Syracuse earned victories in the first two meetings in the series, with its first win coming in a 58-54 decision on Feb. 14, 1981.

SCOUTING SYRACUSE (3-0, 0-0 BIG EAST):

Last time out Syracuse earned a 90-36 win against Long Island at the Carrier Dome on Nov. 22 ... Senior guard Erica Morrow and sophomore guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas each netted a season-high 16 points to lead the way for the Orange ... the win extended SU's non-conference unbeaten streak to 31 consecutive home games, including 25 in the Carrier Dome ... SU's last non-conference loss at home came on Dec. 22, 2006 against Canisius (56-43) ... The Orange had 10 players score in the win, including four in double figures ... Morrow shot 5-of-16 from the floor, including a pair of threes while dishing out a team-best six assists ... Tyson-Thomas notched her fourth-career double-double with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including a trio of threes while pulling in a team-best 10 rebounds ... Syracuse held a 49-22 advantage in bench points, thanks in part to 13 points by redshirt freshman forward Shakeya Leary and 12 by freshman guard La'Shay Taft ... Leary added nine rebounds while all of Taft's points came from behind the arc ... last year the Orange ended their season in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament ... the Orange (25-11) concluded its historic campaign with the most wins in a season since it began competing in the NCAA in 1981-82 ... Syracuse has won four postseason games in the last two seasons ... the Orange made its third postseason appearance in four years under the direction of fifth-year head coach Quentin Hillsman ... Syracuse was ranked in the top 25 during five weeks of the season and received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll during 17 weeks of the year ... Syracuse completed its third-consecutive winning season for the first time since it posted six straight from 1984-85 to 1989-90.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-3, 0-0 AE):

Last time out the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the College of the Holy Cross, 78-67, at the Hart Center on Nov. 23 ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led UNH with a season-high 16 points and 13 rebounds ... She finished the night with four assists and three steals ... Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) was New Hampshire's other double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe ... Holy Cross outshot UNH 40.4 percent (23-57) to 39.0 percent (23-59), however, the 'Cats held the edge in the second half 45.9 percent (17-37) to 42.9 percent (12-28) ... New Hampshire outscored Holy Cross 48-42 in the second frame ... in the game prior, UNH dropped a 66-54 decision to Brown University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 20 ... Reed poured in a career-high 14 points, including 11 in the second half … the Wildcats dropped just their second game all-time to the Bears on their home court, as they are now 6-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium against Brown … Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds … Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) chipped in with 10 points, three boards and three assists.

I WANT TO BREAK FREE

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) had a breakout game against Holy Cross (Nov. 23), finishing with season-highs in points (16), rebounds (13), assists (4), and steals (3). Her 16 points and 13 rebounds earned the forward her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career. After notching multiple steals in 13 games last year, it was also the first time she tallied multiple steals in a game this season.

CHARITY DRIVE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and freshman guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) rank first and second in free throw percentage in the America East, respectively. After going a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe against Holy Cross (Nov. 23), Reed leads the way with a 1.000 clip (8-8) from line, while Frankenberger is shooting 90 percent (9-10). As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 42-of-55 shots (.764) from the line.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.0 assists per game, ranking third in the America East. In total she has tallied 16 assists on the year, with her most impressive effort coming against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) when she posted a career-high seven assists.

REED IT AND WEEP

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, scoring 11 in the second half against Brown on Nov. 20. Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds. Reed delivered her 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers along the way. She has scored in double-figures five times in her career, including three times this season.

HOGAN KNOWS BEST

After sitting out the last two years due to injury, freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) stepped up in a big way for the Wildcats, tallying 15 points and a career-high seven assists against Dartmouth (Nov. 16). With her assist total, she becomes the first Wildcat to reach that mark since Amy Simpson did so last year against Stony Brook on Feb. 3.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Maureen Magarity, who is the youngest Division I head coach in the country, achieved her first career win as a bench boss against Dartmouth on Nov. 16. In six years as an assistant with Army, Fairfield and Marist, she compiled a 106-73 (.592) record. In her most recent coaching stop at West Point, Magarity helped lead the Knights to a record of 72-48, including a program-best 24-win campaign during the 2006-07 season. In her first three years on the job, Army averaged 20 wins a season, the best three-year span in program history.

I'M LOVIN' IT

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) had a career night against Dartmouth on Nov. 16, posting 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The outing comes as McDonald's third double-double of her career. McDonald reached her previous career-high of 10 rebounds during the 2009-10 season on two occasions.

MOVIN' ON UP

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied two blocks against Dartmouth on Nov. 16, giving her 116 career blocks, a mark that ranks third all-time in program history. Last season she set UNH's single-season block record with 58, while also tying the program's single-game block record with seven. She finished the 2009-10 campaign with an average of 2.0 blocks per game, closing out the year notching a block in 22 of the last 24 games.

TORCHING THE NETS

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team shot 51.4 percent (19-37) against then 12th-ranked Notre Dame (Nov. 12) and 51.9 percent (27-52) against Dartmouth (Nov. 16), marking the first time the Wildcats have shot over 50 percent in back-to-back games since 2000. The last time UNH achieved the feat came against Holy Cross (Nov. 21) and Dartmouth (Nov. 25), posting shooting clips of .556 and .550, respectively. UNH ranks first in the America East in field goal percentage this season with a .433 shooting clip (87-201).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS SPOTO TO FOLD WITH EARLY SIGNING

Head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff recently announced that Stephanie Spoto (Pittsford, N.Y.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program and attend the school next fall.

 "We are excited about the addition of Stephanie for next season," said Magarity. "She is a tremendous athlete, a tough defender and a slasher on offense.  She will bring great energy and has significant upside."

Spoto, who is currently a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, was recently named to the All-Greater Rochester Second Team after a solid junior campaign for the Knights. She is also coming off a two-year stint in which she played AAU with the Crystal City Stars Girls National Basketball club team.

The 5-foot-11-inch wing ranked just outside of the top-50 in scoring for her division with 132 points during her sophomore year, leading Pittsford Sutherland to a 14-7 record, including a 9-2 mark in league play. She finished the year with 6.3 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game. As a freshman she was equally productive, posting 4.9 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

BELIVEAU NAMED TO AE PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program was recently named to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team by the conference.

Beliveau is coming off her first full season of action since 2007-08 when she tabbed as the America East Rookie of the Year and was named to the conference's All-Rookie team. Playing in 28 of 29 contests, Beliveau averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, both top marks among the conference's freshmen.

Rebounding from an ACL injury that sidelined the forward the entire 2008-09 season, Beliveau came back strong last year playing in 27 games, including 25 starts. She finished the season averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, totals that ranked second on the team. She also proved to be deadly from beyond the arc, netting the most 3-pointers on the team, finishing 34-of-110 (.309) for the year.

Her defense didn't lack either, showcasing her skills as one of the team's best defenders, compiling a team-best 44 steals. Tallying multiple steals in 13 games, Beliveau tied her career-high with five steals against Seton Hall (12/3); marking the third time she has reached that mark in her UNH career.

LAST TIME OUT

Despite making a late push and outscoring its opponent in the second half, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team couldn't overcome a 17-point first half deficit, falling to the College of the Holy Cross, 78-67, Tuesday night at the Hart Center.

With the loss New Hampshire drops to 1-3, while Holy Cross improves to 2-3 on the season.

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led UNH with a season-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. She finished the night with four assists and three steals. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) was New Hampshire's other double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Holy Cross outshot UNH 40.4 percent (23-57) to 39.0 percent (23-59), however, the 'Cats held the edge in the second half 45.9 percent (17-37) to 42.9 percent (12-28). New Hampshire outscored Holy Cross 48-42 in the second frame.

After controlling the lead for more than 18 minutes, a Whitney Fremeau jumper gave Holy Cross its largest advantage of the night, holding a 68-45 edge with 6:00 left in the contest. However, threats of losing that advantage came moments later when Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) gave New Hampshire new life, drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the key sparking a string of 14 unanswered points by the visitors.

The 'Cats kept the Crusaders scoreless for nearly five minutes, making a living on the charity stripe, with three Wildcats combining to go 7-for-8 from the line during the stretch. Beliveau led the way, notching one from the stripe, while also tallying a pair of layups to cap off the run, cutting the score to 68-59 with 1:48 to play.

Holy Cross battled back with four unanswered, but New Hampshire wouldn't be silenced, posting an 8-3 run over a span of 16 seconds, cutting the deficit to just eight points. However, the run wasn't enough, as the Crusaders' early lead was too much to overcome for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire kicked off the contest with a 9-1 scoring stretch that lasted nearly five minutes, as Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), Beliveau, and Reed all knocked down trifectas to give the 'Cats the early edge.

The Crusaders responded with a 15-4 run, sparked by a pair of free throws by Meredith Ward at 15:29, pushing the home team ahead 16-13 with 8:22 remaining in the first frame. Alyssa May and Fremeau dropped in four points apiece during the stretch for Holy Cross.

The Crusaders would continue to pile on the points in the ensuing moments of the game, adding a 18-6 run, as Alex Smith added a pair of dagger 3-pointers at the tail end of the stretch, giving Holy Cross a 36-19 advantage at the break.

Smith and Fremeau led Holy Cross with 16 points apiece. Smith finished the night with five steals, two boards, and two assists.

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