December 10, 2010

Women's Hoop Set to Square Off Against Harvard (Dec. 10)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

Friday's matchup marks the 34th meeting between New Hampshire and Harvard. The Wildcats hold a 27-7 record in the series, winning 15 of the first 16 contests against the Crimson. UNH's first matchup against Harvard came on Feb. 14, 1978, which resulted in a 61-46 Wildcat win. Harvard earned its first win against the Wildcats on Feb. 10, 1986 and has been victorious in six of the last eight meetings. However, the Wildcats got the best of the Crimson in their last meeting, earning a 78-65 overtime victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 24, 2009. 

SCOUTING HARVARD (4-3, 0-0 IVY):

Last time out Harvard fell to Florida, 86-65, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on Dec. 7 ... Harvard shot 39.3 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the line ... Florida edged the Crimson on the glass, grabbing 40 rebounds to Harvard's 33 ... The Crimson scored 13 points on second chances and 15 off Florida turnovers ... Junior Brogan Berry led the Crimson with 15 points and five rebounds ... Senior co-captain Christine Matera added 14 points, including three treys, grabbed four rebounds and handed out an assist ... Emma Markley added 11 points, while Christine Clark had 10 points and dished out five assists ... The Crimson have lost two of their last three games, after starting the season 3-1 ... Harvard has faced three America East opponents this season, winning all three contests ... Harvard's most recent win came against Hartford, taking out the Hawks, 85-61, at Lavietes Pavilion on Dec. 3 ... Harvard is the top scoring team in the Ivy League, averaging 69.9 points per game ... The Crimson also rank first in the conference in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .424 (177-417) ... Last season the Crimson posted a 20-9 record, including an 11-3 mark in conference play ... Last year they finished the regular season winning nine of their last 10 games, earning a WNIT berth, however, fell to Syracuse in the first round, 87-68, at the Carrier Dome on March 18.

MAKING IT COUNT

UNH ranks 37th in the country and first in the America East in field goal percentage this season with a .405 shooting clip (121-299). Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the 'Cats with a 51.4 (18-35) shooting percentage, ranking third in the conference.

FROM LONG RANGE

 

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) drilled a career-high three trifectas against Manhattan College (Dec. 3), going 3-for-5 from downtown, marking just the second time in her career she has achieved that feat. The last time she reached the mark came last season against Albany (Feb. 21) when she posted 11 points, sinking 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Last season she finished with the second-best 3-point field goal percentage on the team, posting a .358 clip (19-of-53) from deep.

RAZZLE DAZZLE

After coming off the bench much of last season, sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) has stepped up in a big way for UNH this year. Starting in four of six games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.2 rpg). She has scored in double-digits in three of her last four games, averaging 10.8 points per game during that span. She has scored in double-figures six times in her career, including four times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in 12 points against Manhattan (Dec. 3), marking the third straight game she has notched double-digit points. In that span, Beliveau 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.

BLOCK PARTY

Junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) ranks fifth in the America East in blocked shots with an average of 1.2 per game. Flynn notched a season-high three blocks against Syracuse (Nov. 29), giving her a team-best seven on the season. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 3.8 per game.

EFFICIENT CAT

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks third in the America East in field goal percentage, shooting a .514 clip (18-35) from the floor. She has scored in double-figures twice this season, with double-digit outings coming against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Syracuse (Nov. 29). Her most impressive outing came against the Big Green when she tallied a season-high 15 points paired with 13 rebounds. 

CHARITY DRIVE

UNH ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 56-of-75 shots (.747) from the line. Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and freshman guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) rank first (1.000, 8-8) and second (.900, 9-10) in free throw percentage for the Wildcats, respectively. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has knocked down 14-of-16 (.875) from the stripe this season, a total that ranks fourth in the America East.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.0 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. In total she has tallied 24 assists on the year, with her most impressive effort coming against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) when she posted a career-high seven assists. As a team, UNH ranks third in the conference in assists with an average of 12.5 per game.

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.

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.) has tallied six blocks this season, giving her 120 career blocks, a mark that currently 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 .405 shooting clip (121-299).

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

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a team-best 13 points and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded 12 points and pulled in eight rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Manhattan College, 68-51, Friday night at Draddy Gymnasium.

With the win Manhattan earns its third straight victory, improving to 4-2 on the season, while the Wildcats drop to 1-5.

Reed tallied her 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including a 3-for-5 mark from deep. As for Beliveau, it was the third straight game she has scored in double-digits. She finished with a team-high two steals and her eight rebounds were also a team best.

Reed got things started for New Hampshire, scoring the game's first basket on a layup that helped the 'Cats jump out to an early 6-4 lead with 18:00 remaining in the first frame.

Manhattan picked up some steam when Monica Roeder banged in a 3-pointer that set off a 16-4 run by the Lady Jaspers that lasted about six minutes, giving the home team a 20-10 advantage with 11:05 remaining.

The Wildcats would bite back following a bucket by Nadia Peters, as Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) sank a layup and Reed delivered a baseline trifecta, igniting a 12-5 run that lasted just over five minutes, cutting the lead to just three points. Early and Reed combined for nine points during the stretch.

Despite New Hampshire's comeback effort, the Lady Jaspers converted two baskets including a 3-pointer from Lindse Loutsenhizer in the closing moments of the first stanza to give Manhattan a 30-22 lead at the break.

New Hampshire kept up its pace at the start of the second frame, with Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) sinking a layup and Reed canning a three on back-to-back possessions to cut the score to 32-27 with 18:16 remaining.

Schyanne Halfkenny quickly answered the call for the Lady Jaspers, drilling a 3-pointer of her own moments later, setting off a 21-6 run by Manhattan that lasted nearly eight minutes, putting the home team up, 53-33, with 9:32 remaining.

The Wildcats would respond with a 7-3 run that included a Beliveau trifecta, but it wasn't enough, as Manhattan controlled the action the rest of the way, building its lead up to as many as 24 to preserve the win.

Abby Wentworth led Manhattan with a game-high 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Peters added 12 points and a team-high eight boards.
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