January 15, 2011

Women's Hoop Battles Stony Brook at Lundholm (Jan. 15)

GAME NOTES (PDF)


THE MATCHUP

Saturday's matchup between New Hampshire and Stony Brook University marks the 22nd meeting all-time between both teams. UNH leads the all-time series 13-8 and has won four of the last six games against the Seawolves. The Wildcats swept the season series during the 2008-09 campaign and split the series last year, with both squads claiming wins at home.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK (3-12, 0-3 AE):

Last time out Stony Brook University (3-12, 0-3 AE) fell to the University of Vermont, 57-49, at Patrick Gymnasium on Jan. 12 ... Junior Whitney Davis led the Seawolves, tallying a career-high 19 points and six rebounds ... Davis went 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-7 from the foul line ... Senior Kirsten Jeter added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals ... She has compiled four or more steals in five of her last six games ... Jeter leads the America East with 2.9 steals per game ... The Seawolves had 15 steals against Vermont ... It was the most steals in a game the Seawolves have tallied since recording 15 at Albany last season ... The Seawolves forced Vermont into 29 turnovers ... SBU has forced its opponents into 20 or more turnovers nine times this season ... SBU held Vermont to 30 percent shooting ... It was its opponents lowest shooting percentage of the season ... The lost was SBU's ninth straight, and its third in conference play ... Stony Brook's last win came against Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 2) in a 68-51 decision at home ... The Seawolves are trying to avoid an 0-­4 start in conference play for the second time since joining in the America East in 2001-­02 ... The other time came during 2008-­09 ... After scoring 65 or more points in six of its first seven games, the Seawolves have failed to score 60 points in their last eight contests ... SBU is averaging 66.7 points per game on 37 percent shooting in its six home games ... The Seawolves are averaging 47.6 points per game on 28.0 percent shooting in their seven away games and are averaging just 50.2 points per game during the nine-game losing streak ... SBU has shot 30.9 percent or lower in its last seven games and has not shot over 40 percent since shooting 43.9 percent in its win over Nicholls State on Nov. 24 ... The Seawolves have lost 10 straight road games dating back to last year ... Stony Brook's last road win came at UMBC on Jan. 28, 2010.

MAKING HER MARK

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) compiled two steals against Hartford (Jan. 12), giving her 117 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 18 steals this season, averaging 1.2 per game. Last season she registered a team-best 44 steals, with an average of 1.6 per game.

DOUBLE DOWN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, earning her fifth double-double of the season against Hartford (Jan. 12). Beliveau, who notched her ninth career double-double in the contest, took home America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, rounding out the evening with three assists and two steals. She finished the contest 7-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-4 from deep, and a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. The impressive outing comes as her third double-double in the last five games.

MAKE IT RAIN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has tallied 25 3-point field goals this season, giving her 89 career trifectas, a mark that currently ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she is shooting 39.7 percent (25-63) from beyond the arc. She finished the 2009-10 campaign with the most 3-pointers on the team, knocking down 34-of-110 (.309) attempts from deep.

LENDING A HELPING HAND

Junior guard Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tied a career high with five assists against Binghamton (Jan. 9), marking the second time she has reached that mark in her career. Wells last reached five assists against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 10, 2009. She ranks third on the team with 25 helpers, averaging 1.6 per game.

THREEFOLD

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) each tallied 14 points, marking the third time this season three 'Cats have scored in double-figures in a game. Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, netting her 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from deep.  She also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and tallied one assist.

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.

STEALING THE SHOW

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has compiled 11 steals in the last six games (1.8 spg), including a season-best three against Boston University (Jan. 6). She leads the team with 18 steals, averaging 1.2 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.

TRIPLE TROUBLE

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 2nd), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 4th), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 6th) all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .404 (23-57) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference, while Beliveau (.397; 25-63) and Reed (.375; 27-72) rank fourth and sixth, respectively.

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 11 games. She has tallied 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.

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.

FROM LONG RANGE

UNH ranks first in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage (.367), knocking down 113-of-305 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 27 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 25 and 23, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .404 (23-57) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in free throw percentage (3rd), scoring (4th), 3-point field goal percentage (4th), rebounding (5th), and field goal percentage (9th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.0 percent (61-142) from the field, 39.7 percent (25-63) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 81.7 percent (58-71) from the charity stripe.

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 nine 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 (.383) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.367) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 329-of-860 attempts from the floor and have netted 112-of-305 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 14 of 16 games, Reed ranks third on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (3.9 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 10 times in her career, including eight times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 12 of her last 13 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Hartford (Jan. 12) when she tallied 19 points. During the streak she notched a career-best 25 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), while also reaching the 19-point mark three times.

BLOCK PARTY

Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and junior center Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) rank third and fifth in the America East in blocked shots with 21 and 14 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks third in the conference in swats, averaging 3.5 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.5 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. In total she has tallied 72 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 11 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

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) registered a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, earning her fifth double-double of the season, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the University of Hartford, 57-50, Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The loss drops New Hampshire to 3-13 overall and 0-4 in America East play, while Hartford improves to 6-11 overall and 3-1 in conference action.

Beliveau, who notched her ninth career double-double in the contest, took home America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, rounding out the evening with three assists and two steals. She finished the contest 7-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-4 from deep, and a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

Ilicia Mathis earned player of the game honors for the Hawks, finishing with 15 points and nine boards.

After being down by as many as eight points in the second frame, Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) jumpstarted the Wildcats late in the stanza, sinking a layup that set off a 7-0 run, knotting the score at 48-48 with 3:13 remaining in the contest.

Kelsey Hogan
(Nashua, N.H.) would follow up with a mid-range jumper and Beliveau polished off the stretch with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, on a scoring run that lasted 2:07. However, the Hawks were quick to respond, as Mathis silenced the run, drilling a jumper that kicked off a 9-2 scoring stretch by the visitors to close out the contest and preserve the victory.

After possessing a 24-23 edge at the break, New Hampshire fell behind early in the second frame, as Alex Hall knocked down a pair of free throws to ignite an 11-2 run that gave the Hawks their largest lead of the contest with a 34-26 advantage with 14:18 to play.

The Wildcats would battle back following a Mathis 3-pointer, as Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) knocked down a baby hook shot and Hogan drilled a trifecta on back-to-back possessions to breathe life into UNH, setting off a 10-2 scoring run that lasted 3:15.

Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) capped off the stretch with a 3-pointer from the right wing on a feed from Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) that evened the score at 36-36 with 10:42 remaining.

Despite New Hampshire offensive outburst, the Hawks were quick to answer the call, responding with a 12-5 run that lasted over four minutes, giving Hartford a seven-point edge just inside the seven-minute mark. Beliveau provided UNH's only offense during the stretch, netting a layup and three points the old-fashioned-way on a tough layup from the right block that she followed up with a made free throw.

The first frame was a seesaw battle between both squads, with neither team holding more than a three-point advantage for the first 10:22 of the action. The Wildcats would claim the largest lead of the contest to that point after Hogan knocked down a jumper and Beliveau banked in a layup on consecutive trips up the floor, putting UNH up 16-11 at 9:38.  

That advantage wouldn't last long as the Hawks pieced together a 10-4 run immediately following Beliveau's layup, reclaiming the lead for the first time in more than 13 minutes. Mary Silvia iced the run, knocking down a 3-pointer at 5:41 to give Hartford the lead, setting the score at 21-20.

Hogan sank a jumper on a feed from Beliveau to snap a stretch of five unanswered points by the visitors, as the 'Cats outscored the Hawks 4-2 in the final moments of the first frame to claim the advantage at the intermission.

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