January 9, 2011

Women's Basketball Returns to the Empire State for a Matchup with Binghamton (Jan. 9)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire's meeting against Binghamton University on Sunday marks the 20th meeting all-time between the two squads. The Bearcats have swept the season series in each of the last three years and hold a 14-5 lead in the all-time series. Prior to Binghamton's recent six-game winning streak, UNH had won three of the previous five meetings, all of which came in Lundholm Gymnasium.

SCOUTING BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY (8-6, 1-0 AE):

Last time out Binghamton University (8-6, 1-0 AE) took down Stony Brook University, 63-43, in its conference opener at the Events Center ... Junior forward Viive Rebane finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal ... The win is the fifth straight home triumph for the Bearcats as well as their first season-opening conference win since 2008 ... The 20-point margin of victory is the largest for Binghamton this season ... Rebane was one of four Bearcats to reach double figures in scoring ... Junior point guard Andrea Holmes and freshman guard Jasbriell Swain each recorded a double-double, as Holmes had 13 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds while Swain also had 13 points and added 10 rebounds ... Senior guard Jackie Ward chipped in 10 points ... She has poured in 10 points in back-to-back games … The Bearcats held the Seawolves to a season-low 23 percent from the floor, on 16-of-69 shooting ... Binghamton set a program record for the most rebounds in a game with 60 ... Five of BU's eight wins have come at the Events Center, where they remain undefeated and have outscored opponents by an average of 12.2 points per game ... Holmes paces the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest ... Holmes is also the active assist leader in the America East with 324 for her career ... Rebane, who was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Monmouth Hawk Holiday Classic, ranks second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game and leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.507) ... Sophomore forward Kara Elofson leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.9 per game, while also adding 9.3 points per game.  

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded season highs of nine points and 10 rebounds against Boston University (Jan. 6). Flynn recorded her previous season high in both categories against Quinnipiac (Dec. 29) when she notched seven points and eight rebounds. Over the course of the last two games she has been a solid post presence for the 'Cats, averaging 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while shooting .429 percent (6-of-14) from the floor.

MAKE IT FIVE

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) has scored in double-digits in five straight games for the Wildcats, including seven total on the season. During the streak she is averaging 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Along the way she tallied a previous career best of 19 points against St. Joe's (Dec. 28) and then broke that mark four days later when she registered 22 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1).

STEALING THE SHOW

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has compiled eight steals in the last four games (2.0 spg), including a season-best three against Boston University (Jan. 6). She leads the team with an average of 1.2 per game. Last season she registered a team-best 44 steals, averaging 1.6 per game.

TURNING UP THE HEAT

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) earned her second straight double-double, notching 19 points and a career-best 15 rebounds against Albany (Jan. 4). Beliveau earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, tallying her 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe. It is her fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of her career. In the previous contest she scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against URI (Jan. 1).

NOW BOARDING

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds against Albany (Jan. 4), marking the second straight game she had notched double-digit rebounds. She is the first Wildcat to compile 15-plus rebounds in a game since Candace Williams notched 16 boards against Morehead State on Dec. 29, 2008. Her previous career high of 14 came against Harvard on Nov. 24, 2009. In the game prior, she grabbed 10 boards against Rhode Island (Jan. 1).

IN THE CLUTCH

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned an 88-74 win over Rhode Island (Jan. 1), in the first triple-overtime game in program history. The game, which was the team's first overtime contest this season, was also its first win in extended play since defeating Harvard, 78-65, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 24, 2009.

SNIPER

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) notched a career-high 21 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-10 shooting from deep against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). Her five 3-pointers were also a career best, as she became the first Wildcat to tally five trifectas in a game since Amy Simpson did so against Dartmouth on Jan. 13, 2008.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 25 pts, 10 rbs) and Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22 pts, 12 rbs) both registered double-doubles against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). With their impressive outings, they became the first pair of 'Cats to notch double-doubles in the same game since Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.; 17 pts, 10 rbs) and Candace Williams (19 pts, 11 rbs) did so against UMBC on Feb. 8, 2009.

HOT STREAK

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) registered her second straight double-double, establishing a career high with 22 points and 12 boards against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). She reached her impressive point total on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, a total that was also a career best. The mark comes as her third double-double of the season and the fifth of her career.

FOUR OF A KIND

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 21), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 10) all scored in double-digits against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), marking the first time four Wildcats scored in double-figures since Feb. 21, 2010 against Albany. In that outing, McDonald (16), Beliveau (15), Reed (11), and Candace Williams (11) all registered double-digit points.

KNOCKING THE BOTTOM OUT

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) had a stellar outing against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), notching her third double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She reached the mark on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 shooting from deep. She also knocked down a career-best 10-of-14 shots from the charity stripe, marking the third time she has reached that milestone in her career. Additionally, she becomes the first 'Cat to tally 25-plus points in a game since Candace Williams (26) did so against Stony Brook on Jan. 24, 2009.

GET THAT OUTTA HERE

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) notched a season-high five blocks against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). She has registered multiple blocks in six of the last nine games. She has registered multiple blocks six times this year and leads New Hampshire with 21 swats on the season.

SUPERSIZED EFFORT

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) earned All-Tournament Team honors after a stellar performance at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic (Dec. 28-29). In the two-game stretch she averaged an impressive 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game. She kicked off the tournament tying her career-high with 19 points, while also registering four boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals against St. Joseph's University. She capped off the tournament with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Quinnipiac University.

DIME DROPPER

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied a career-best eight assists against St. Joseph's University on Dec. 28 in the first round of the 20th Annual Hawk Classic. She is the first Wildcat to reach this impressive mark since Amy Simpson did so last season against Maine on Feb. 16. She reached her previous career high of seven assists twice this season.

BREAKOUT

Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) tallied a season-best 11 points against Quinnipiac University in the second round of the 20th Annual Hawk Classic on Dec. 29. She reached the mark on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc. It was the second time she has notched double-digit points this season, with her other double-figure outing coming against Brown on Nov. 20 when she finished with 10 points.

COUNT IT

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks eighth in the America East in field goal percentage, shooting 42.9 (54-126) percent from the floor this season. Over the course of the last five games she is shooting an impressive 41.8 percent (28-67) from the floor, including 71.4 percent (5-7) from beyond the arc.

DOING WELLS

Making her first start of the season, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) made the most of the opportunity, notching a career-high 18 points 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 this season against Harvard on Dec. 10, a mark she has reached twice in her career.

THREE PARTY

New Hampshire hit a season-best 50 percent from beyond the arc against Quinnipiac University on Dec. 22, reaching the mark hitting 12 three-point field goals on 24 tries. The 'Cats surpassed their season high with 13 three-point field goals on 28 attempts (.464) against Rhode Island (Jan. 1). The impressive total was just one short of the program record, as Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 5), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 3), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 3), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 2) all tallied multiple threes in the contest.

TRIPLE TROUBLE

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 1st), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 6th), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 9th) all rank in the top-10 in three-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .404 (21-52) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking first in the conference, while Beliveau (.382; 21-55) and Reed (.344; 21-61) rank sixth and ninth, respectively.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in scoring (6th), rebounding (5th), free throw percentage (4th), and three-point field-goal percentage (6th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 80.3 (53-66) percent from the charity stripe and 38.2 (21-55) percent from beyond the arc.

DOUBLING UP

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered 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 eight double-doubles in her career.

THREE'S COMPANY

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. 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. It is also the first time three-plus Wildcats have scored in double-figures in back-to-back games this year.

BENCHMARK

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.

MAKING IT COUNT

UNH ranks second in the America East in field goal percentage (.384) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.359) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 287-of-747 from the floor and have netted 97-of-270 attempts from beyond the arc.

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 12 of 14 games, Reed ranks third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.5 rpg). She has scored in double-digits nine times in her career, including seven times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 10 of her last 11 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Boston University (Jan. 6) when she tallied 10 points. During the streak she notched a career-best 25 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), while also reaching the 19-point mark twice.

BLOCK PARTY

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) rank second and fifth in the America East in blocked shots with 21 and 12 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks first in the conference in swats, averaging 3.6 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

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. In total she has tallied 65 assists on the year, with her most impressive efforts coming against St. Joe's (Dec. 28) when she posted a career-best eight assists and a pair of seven-assist outings against Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 22).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

UNH head coach Maureen Magarity 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 was McDonald's first double-double of the season and the third 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 21 blocks this season, giving her 135 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in six of the last nine 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.

BELIVEAU NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a junior forward on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career by the America East Conference on Monday, Dec. 27.

Beliveau takes home the award after earning her second double-double of the season and leading the Wildcats to a convincing, 75-63, victory over Quinnipiac University (Dec. 22) to snap a six-game skid. 

The junior registered a season-best 19 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in the win. She reached the mark on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. She also tallied two assists, one steal and one block.

The impressive outing marked the sixth straight game Beliveau had scored in double-digits. She finished the week ranking in the top-10 in the America East in scoring (6th), rebounding (10th), free throw percentage (4th) and three-point field-goal percentage (3rd).

Despite this being the first time she has been honored as the America East Player of the Week, the forward won five conference Rookie of the Week awards in 2007-08 on her way to being named the 2008 Rookie of the Year.

HOGAN EARNS AE ROOKIE HONORS

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), a freshman guard on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, was honored as Rookie of the Week for the second time in her career by the America East Conference on Monday, Jan. 3.

Hogan took home the honor after leading New Hampshire to a thrilling, 88-74, triple-overtime victory over Rhode Island (Jan. 1) at the tail end of a three-game week that also featured a pair of contests at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic.

She averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game during the three-game span, while also posting an impressive .556 (5-9) shooting clip from beyond the arc. Moreover, the redshirt-freshman point guard protected the rock, turning the ball over just eight times while dishing out 17 assists for a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio during the stretch.

Hogan posted 10 points, six assists, and five rebounds in 52 minutes of action against the Rams in UNH's first-ever triple-overtime game. It was the third time this season she has tallied double digit points.

Earlier in the week she put together a pair of solid outings at the 20th Annual Hawk Classic (Dec. 28-29), hosted by St. Joseph's University, at Hagan Gymnasium. She kicked off the tournament tallying a career-best eight assists paired with nine points and four boards against St. Joseph's University. In the second game of the tournament against Quinnipiac University she was just as productive, posting nine points, three assists and two rebounds.

With her impressive eight assist outing against the Hawks, Hogan becomes the first Wildcat to reach this mark since Amy Simpson did so last season against Maine on Feb. 16. She reached her previous career high of seven assists twice this season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS SPOTO TO THE FOLD

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

Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded season highs of nine points and 10 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Boston University, 63-43, on Thursday night in an America East tilt at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire slipped to 3-11 overall and 0-2 in America East action despite receiving a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds from Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.). Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) just missed her third consecutive double-double, compiling 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.

McDonald earned America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing the evening 5-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from three. It is the fifth straight game she has registered double-digit points.

Caroline Stewart, who was named player of the game for BU, registered a double-double with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting nine of 11 field goals. Chantell Alford contributed 14 points and seven boards on five-of-14 shooting for the Terriers (5-9, 2-0).

Stewart rattled off her team's first nine points, helping Boston University race out to a 16-4 lead.

UNH bounced right back, however, as McDonald and Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) connected on back-to-back three-point field goals to jumpstart a 15-0 Wildcats' run, staking UNH to a 19-16 lead. McDonald notched five points during the streak, and Flynn came off the bench to tally four points, grab three rebounds and dish out an assist during the spurt.

The momentum swung back in BU's direction with the Terriers closing out the first half by scoring the final 15 points over a nine-minute span to take a 31-19 lead to the locker room. Alford, the reigning America East Player of the Week, scored seven of those points, with Stewart chipping in with four.

The Terriers increased the advantage to 16 points (40-24) before the Wildcats erupted for an 8-0 run. Beliveau canned a pair of three-pointers on the front end of the run, and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) knocked down a trey from the left corner to draw UNH within eight (40-32) with about 12 minutes left in the game.

However, that would be as close as UNH would come the rest of the way, as the Terriers outscored the Wildcats 32-24 in the second stanza.  UNH shot 29 percent (15-of-51) for the game, and the Terriers shot 41 percent (24-of-58).
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