THE MATCHUP (ST. JOSEPH'S)
Tuesday's matchup between the Wildcats and Hawks marks just the third meeting all-time between the two squads. In their most recent meeting, the Wildcats got the best of the Hawks, earning a 64-56 victory on Nov. 11, 2009 at Lundholm Gymnasium. For UNH, the win marked the first of two against Atlantic-10 opponents on the season, as it also notched a win over UMass. The milestone marks the first time UNH has knocked off two A-10 opponents in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign. Prior to that matchup, the two teams haven't met since the 1985-86 season. St. Joseph's claimed a 73-40 home victory in that contest on Dec. 27, 1985. The Hawks posted a 22-7 record that season, while the Wildcats finished 9-19.
A potential matchup against the Bobcats would mark the fifth meeting all-time between New Hampshire and Quinnipiac. The Bobcats hold a 3-1 record in the series, with their most recent victory coming in a 68-54 decision on Nov. 29, 2009. UNH's first matchup against Quinnipiac came on Dec. 3, 2003, which resulted in a 82-76 Bobcats' win. In their most recent meeting, the Wildcats earned a 75-63 victory over the Bobcats on Dec. 22, 2010 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats are 1-1 at home and 0-2 on the road against the Bobcats all-time.
A potential matchup between the Wildcats and the Leopards would mark the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Wildcats are 16-18 all-time against Patriot League opponents, but hold a 4-2 edge in first time meetings against members of the conference.
Last time out St. Joseph's University won its fifth straight game, posting a 50-45 win over the University of Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center on Dec. 22 ... Leading by as many as 16 points, SJU saw the Blue Hens make it a one-possession game in the final minute, only to go 4-of-4 from the foul line to secure the victory ... Erin Shields scored a career-best 15 points, while Katie Kuester was the only other Hawk in double figures, scoring 13 points ... The pair combined for all six of SJU's three pointers ... Junior Samira Van Grinsven added a team-high eight rebounds to go with two points, while classmates Michelle Baker and Kelly Cavallo each had eight points ... The Hawks started the season 3-0, before surrendering three-straight losses to drop to 3-3 on the season ... The Hawks rank second in the Atlantic-10 in points surrendered, giving up just 52.3 points per game ... They are also only allowing opponents to shoot 33.7 percent from the floor, ranking third in the conference ... Baker leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game, a total that ranks fourth in the conference ... Van Grinsven leads the team in blocked shots with an average of 1.9 per game, ranking third in the A-10 ... The Hawks finished last season with a 17-15 record, including a 9-5 mark in conference play.
Last time out Lafayette College dropped a 90-58 decision to Princeton University on Dec. 13 at Jadwin Gymnasium ... Senior co-captain LaKeisha Wright had a team-best 15 points for Lafayette ... The Leopards, who were playing their third game in five days, fell to 5-6 with the loss ... Senior co-captain Elizabeth Virgin and freshman Danielle Fiacco tallied 10 points apiece in the loss ... The Leopards shot 42.9 percent from the floor ... Lafayette committed 25 turnovers which led to 39 Princeton points and also surrendered 16 fast-break tallies ... Lafayette was riding a three-game winning streak into the contest ... The Leopards are 4-1 at home this season, however, are 1-5 on the road ...Wright leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game, a total that ranks ninth in the Patriot League ... Fiacco ranks third in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 7.7 boards per game ... Fiacco also ranks first in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 2.6 per contest ... As a team, Lafayette ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounds per game, with average of 43.0 ... The Leopards are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 5.2 boards per game ... Lafayette posted a 6-23 record last season, including a 4-10 mark in conference action.
Last time out Quinnipiac University fell to the University of New Hampshire, 75-63, on Dec. 22 at Lundholm Gymnasium ... Jacinda Dunbar, Courtney Kaminski and Ellen Cannon led the Bobcats with 14 points apiece ... Cannon notched a team-best four 3-point field goals in the loss ... Quinnipiac shot 36.4 percent from the floor ... The Wildcats outrebounded the Bobcats 41-34 ... The loss was the team's second in a row after posting a three-game winning streak ... Quinnipiac started the season 0-5 ... The Bobcats are 3-1 at home and 0-5 on the road this season ... Barron leads the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points per game ... She also leads the team in assists with an average of 3.9 per game ... Brittany McQuain leads the team in rebounding, pulling in 5.8 boards per game ... The Bobcats finished last season with a 12-18 record, including a 7-11 mark in conference play.
Making her first start of the season, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) made the most of the opportunity, notching a career-high 18 points and earning America East Player of the Game honors against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22). Her impressive outing came on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 from deep. Her four 3-point field goals were also a career best. She tied her previous career high of 13 points against Harvard on Dec. 10, kicking off a three-game stretch where she is averaging 12.0 points per game.
New Hampshire hit a season-best 50 percent from beyond the arc against Quinnipiac University on Dec. 22. The Wildcats reached the mark hitting 12 three-point field goals on 24 tries, a total that was also a season high. The impressive total is just two short of the program record, as Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa; 4), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 3) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 2) all tallied multiple threes in the contest.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 3rd), Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 7th) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 10th) all rank in the top-10 in three-point field goal percentage in the America East. Beliveau leads the way with a .406 (13-32) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking third in the conference, while Hogan (.375; 15-40) and Reed (.364; 12-33) rank seventh and tenth, respectively.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in scoring (6th), rebounding (10th) and free throw percentage (4th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 82.9 (29-35) percent from the charity stripe.
Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) currently leads New Hampshire with a .460 (29-63) shooting clip, ranking sixth in the America East in field goal percentage. Reed ranks second on the team in scoring with an average of 9.2 points per game. She has scored in double-figures six times this season.
Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered a season-best 19 points and pulled in 12 rebounds, earning her second double-double of the season against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22). Her first double-double came against Holy Cross (Nov. 23) when she tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders. She has notched six double-doubles in her career.
Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has notched two blocks in three of the last four games, tallying 10 blocks on the season. She has registered multiple blocks four times this year.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 19), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 18) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 14) all scored in double-figures against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22); marking the second straight game three Wildcats have reached this milestone this season. In the previous outing, Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 11), Beliveau (10) and Reed (10) scored in double-digits against CCSU (Dec. 19), marking the first time the 'Cats have achieved this feat on the season.
The Wildcats scored a combined 42 points off the bench in back-to-back efforts against Harvard (Dec. 10) and CCSU (Dec. 19). The stretch marked the best two-game stretch the reserves have had this season. In that span, the 'Cats tallied a season-best 26 points against the Crimson and 16 points against the Blue Devils.
UNH ranks first in the America East in field goal percentage (.400) and three-point field goal percentage (.353) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 182-of-455 from the floor and have netted 60-of-170 attempts from beyond the arc.
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.
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 seven of nine games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.6 rpg). She has scored in double-digits in five of her last seven games. She has tallied double-figures eight times in her career, including six times this season.
Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) poured in a season-high 19 points against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22), marking the sixth straight game she has notched double-digit points. In that span, she reached her previous season high of 16 points against Holy Cross (Nov. 23) and Harvard (Dec. 10).
Junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) and senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) both rank fifth in the America East in blocked shots with 10 apiece. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 3.7 per game.
Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.6 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. She has led the team in assists in eight of the nine games she has appeared in this season. In total she has tallied 41 assists on the year, with her most impressive efforts coming against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 22) when she posted a career-high seven assists.
Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) matched a career-high with 14 points against Quinnipiac (Dec. 22); marking the second time she has reached that mark this season. She reached the milestone on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-4 from deep. Her last 14-point outing came against Brown (Nov. 20), when she scored 11 in the second half and was selected as the America East Player of the Game.
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 a career-high seven assists against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 22) this season. Prior to her two stellar outings, the last Wildcat to reach that mark was Amy Simpson against Stony Brook last season on Feb. 3.
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.
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.
Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has tallied 10 blocks this season, giving her 124 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in three of the last four 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Making her first start of the season, junior guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) set a career high with 16 points and four three-pointers in the first half alone, finishing with 18 points to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a convincing, 75-63, victory over Quinnipiac University Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Wells, who was named the America East Player of the Game, tallied her 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-7 from deep. Her four three point field goals were also a career best.
Beliveau's 19 points and 12 rebounds earn the forward her sixth double-double of her career. It is also the sixth straight game she has scored in double-digits.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) registered eight points, five boards, and matched her career high for the second time this season with seven assists in the win. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and two blocks.
UNH (2-7), which snapped a six-game skid while improving to 2-1 on its home floor, shot 49 percent (25-of-51) for the game and hit a season-best 50 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 12 three-point field goals on 24 tries.
New Hampshire raced out to a 14-2 lead in the opening seven minutes of play, as Quinnipiac (3-7) missed its first 13 field-goal attempts. The Wildcats led by as many as 20 points in the first half before entering the intermission with a 41-23 advantage.
Following UNH's 14-2 run to kick off the action, the Wildcats would add to their lead when Wells banged in a trifecta to spark a 13-8 scoring stretch in favor of the home team that extended the lead to 14.
Quinnipiac would respond with a 7-1 run, cutting the score to 28-20 in favor of the 'Cats, as Ellen Cannon capped off the run with a 3-pointer at 8:54.
Following a 2:12 scoreless streak between both squads, Beliveau got things started for the Wildcats once again, sinking a 3-pointer that set off a 13-3 run that closed out the first half, giving New Hampshire an 18-point lead at the break.
Cannon sank a three to start the second stanza, but it was all UNH for the next 4:05, posting a 12-8 run that was once again sparked by a Beliveau 3-pointer, extending the lead to its highest margin of the contest with a 53-31 advantage with 15:11 remaining.
However, the Bobcats would come back strong midway through the stanza, cutting the lead to seven points, finishing off the run on a Brittany McQuain jumper with 3:20 to play.
The two teams would remain scoreless for the next 1:23, until Wells sealed the game for UNH, driving to the free throw line and draining a shot with two defenders in her face to set the score at 68-59 with 1:37 to play. That jumper gave the 'Cats much needed life, as it sparked a 9-4 scoring run to close out the contest and preserve the win.
Jacinda Dunbar, Courtney Kaminski and Cannon led the Bobcats with 14 points apiece in the loss.