December 19, 2010

Women's Basketball Rounds Out Road Stretch Versus CCSU (Dec. 19)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

Sunday's matchup marks the 19th meeting all-time between New Hampshire and Central Connecticut State. The Wildcats hold a 12-6 record in the series, with their most recent victory coming in a 71-59 decision on Nov. 13, 2007 at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH's first matchup against Central Connecticut State came during the 1975-76 season, which resulted in a 70-66 Blue Devils victory. In the last six meetings between the two squads, Central Connecticut State has a 4-2 record against New Hampshire. However, the Wildcats controlled the series in the first 10 meetings, posting a 9-1 record, including eight straight wins.

SCOUTING CCSU (5-2, 0-1 NEC):

Last time out Central Connecticut State fell to Monmouth, 56-43, on Dec. 9 ... The loss, which is the team's second in a row, drops the Blue Devils to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play ... Sophomore Jameilia Dillon led the Blue Devils with 10 points ... Senior Leanne Crockett registered 11 rebounds and eight points ... The Blue Devils are 3-2 on the road this year and own a 2-0 mark at home ... CCSU started the season 5-0, earning wins over two America East opponents (Hartford, Maine) ... Kerrianne Dugan leads the team in points and assists, averaging 11.6 and 2.4 per game, respectively ... Justina Udenze leads the squad with 9.0 rebounds per game ... She also ranks second in scoring with an average of 8.3 points per game ... The Blue Devils are giving up the fewest points in the Northeast Conference, allowing just 54.9 points per game ... They also are holding opponents to the lowest field goal percentage (.319) in the conference ... CCSU ranks first in the NEC in rebounding, pulling in 44.4 boards per contest ... The Blue Devils finished last season with a 12-18 record, including an 8-10 mark in conference play ... They advanced to the semifinals of the NEC Tournament, but fell to Long Island, 61-55, on March 7.

CAREER NIGHT

Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tied a career high with 13 points in 25 minutes off the bench against Harvard on Dec. 10. She finished 4-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from downtown. The last time she reached her career high in scoring came on Feb. 1, 2008 against Vermont. Her three trifectas also tied a career high, marking just the second time she has reached that milestone in her career.

DRAIN-O

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line against Harvard (Dec. 10), marking the third straight game she has knocked down all of her free throw attempts. During that stretch she has gone 12-for-12 from the charity stripe. She leads the 'Cats with a .909 clip (20-22) from the line this season, a total that ranks second in the America East.

MAKING IT COUNT

UNH ranks first in the America East in field goal percentage this season with a .403 shooting clip (142-352). Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the 'Cats with a 50.0 (21-42) shooting percentage, ranking fourth 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 five of seven games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (8.4 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.3 rpg). She has scored in double-digits in three of her last five games. She has tallied double-figures six times in her career, including four times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in a season-high 16 points against Harvard (Dec. 10), marking the fourth straight game she has notched double-digit points. In that span, she also reached her season high in scoring against Holy Cross (Nov. 23), while also finishing with season-highs in rebounds (13), assists (4), and steals (3). Her 16 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders earned the forward her first double-double of the season and the fifth of her career.

BLOCK PARTY

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) both rank fourth in the America East in blocked shots, averaging 1.1 per game this season. The pair are tied for the team lead with eight swats apiece. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 3.7 per game.

EFFICIENT CAT

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks fourth in the America East in field goal percentage, shooting a .500 clip (21-42) 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 68-of-94 shots (.723) from the line. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) leads the 'Cats with a .909 clip (20-22) from the stripe this season, a total that ranks second in the America East.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.1 assists per game, ranking second in the America East. She has led the team in assists in six of the seven games she has appeared in this season. In total she has tallied 29 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 12.4 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 eight blocks this season, giving her 122 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in each of the last three games. 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 .403 shooting clip (142-352).

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

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied a season-high dropping in 16 points, including 14 in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Harvard University, 96-63, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-6 on the season, while the Crimson improve to 5-3.

Beliveau finished the night 4-of-8 from the floor, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also pulled in three rebounds and added one assist. Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, tying a career-high with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown. 

Harvard outshot New Hampshire 51.4 percent (36-70) to 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field. However, the Wildcats shot a season-best 56.3 percent from 3-point land, knocking down 9-of-16 attempts.

New Hampshire kicked off the action with five unanswered points, as Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) got things started, banging in a 3-pointer from the right wing to score the game's first basket. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) quickly followed with a jumper in the lane that gave UNH the early 5-0 edge at 19:04.

Christine Matera would fire back with a trifecta, helping the Crimson cut the early deficit to just two points. However, McDonald answered the call on the ensuing possession, sinking a leaner in the paint to set the score at 7-3 in favor of the visitors with 17:09 remaining in the first frame.

Harvard would soon find its offensive flow, piecing together a 6-1 run that gave the home team the lead for the first time in the contest, jumping ahead 9-8 with 15:59 remaining in the first half. The stretch was kicked off with a pair of free throws by Emma Markley, setting off a 32-8 scoring advantage that lasted over 13 minutes, giving Harvard a 35-15 lead.

The two squads would exchange baskets the rest of the way, as Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get things rolling for New Hampshire, as the Wildcats outscored the Crimson 10-9 the rest of the way. Despite the late push by the 'Cats, Harvard still held a 44-25 edge at the break.

McDonald set off the second stanza scoring the first bucket of the frame on a jumper in the paint, but Harvard kept up its pace from the first half putting together a 15-6 run that gave the Crimson their largest lead to that point with a 59-31 advantage with 13:07 to play.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) helped the Wildcats get back on track sinking a trifecta that set off a 9-7 run. Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) added three points the old-fashioned-way on the following possession and Wells banged in a 3-pointer along the way, cutting the deficit to 24 points. However, that was as close as UNH would come the rest of the way, as Harvard built its lead up to as many as 33 to close out the win.

Brogan Berry led the Crimson with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-5 from the stripe. She also added five assists, four boards and four steals.
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