January 26, 2011

Women's Basketball Set to Take on Rival Maine (Jan. 26)

GAME NOTES (PDF)


THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's meeting between the Black Bears and Wildcats marks the 68th meeting between both squads. Maine leads the all-time series (45-22), however, the Wildcats have earned victories in five of the last eight meetings. The Black Bears earned wins in both regular season meetings last year, but New Hampshire claimed the most recent win in the series, earning a 65-50 victory in first round of the America East Championships on March 4, 2010.

SCOUTING MAINE (3-16, 1-6 AE):

Last time out the University of Maine (3-16, 1-6 AE) fell to Stony Brook University, 73-70, at Alfond Arena on Jan. 23 ... Katelyn Vanderhoff was named the America East Player of the Game, as she led the way for Maine with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals ... The Black Bears had four players in double-figures including Vanderhoff, as Ashleigh Roberts (14), Tanna Ross (13) and Ali Nalivaika (10) all scored in double-digits ... Roberts knocked down a career-high 10 free throws while Nalivaika grabbed a career-best nine rebounds in the contest ... The loss was the program's fourth in a row ... The Black Bears lost 10 of their first 11 games this season, with their lone victory coming in a 74-66 decision against Bryant (Nov. 19) ... Maine has earned one conference win this season, claiming a 60-57 win over UMBC (Jan. 9) at Alfond Arena ... Two of Maine's three victories this season have come at home ... The Black Bears currently lead the America East in blocked shots, averaging 3.8 per game ... They have been even more impressive since the start of conference play, averaging 5.3 swats per game ... Nalivaika leads the team with 2.3 blocks per game ... Roberts leads the team in scoring since the start of America East play, averaging 13.7 points per game, ranking eighth in the conference ... She is also pulling down 6.4 boards per game in America East action ... Vanderhoff leads the team in assists with an average of 3.2 per game.

POINT TAKEN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched five points against UMBC (Jan. 23), giving her 829 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 247 points, averaging 13.7 per game this year. Last season she scored in double-digits 17 times and led the team in scoring in six games, posting a career-best 303 points.  

CHARITY DRIVE

UNH ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 213-of-302 shots (.705) from the line. Since the start of America East play, the Wildcats have been even more impressive, ranking first in the conference with a .725 (74-102) shooting clip from the line. Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) leads the 'Cats with a .824 (70-85) shooting clip from the stripe this season, a total that ranks third in the America East.

SEALING THE DEAL

New Hampshire took down Vermont, 63-59, in overtime on Jan. 17 at Lundholm Gymnasium, marking the program's second win in extended play this season. On the season UNH stands 2-1 in overtime, with its first victory coming in an 88-74 triple-overtime decision against Rhode Island (Jan. 1) at Lundholm Gymnasium. Since 2002-03, the Wildcats are a stellar 9-3 in extended play, winning three of their last five contests.

BOARD GAMES

Two days after tying her previous career high of nine rebounds against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) pulled down a career-best 12 boards versus Vermont (Jan. 17). She had reached her previous career high twice this season. Reed, who leads all New Hampshire guards in rebounds (84), has been on a tear since the start of conference play averaging 5.9 boards per game.

CASHING IN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) ranks first in rebounds (9.1 rpg) and seventh in scoring (14.9 ppg) in the America East since the start of conference play. In the last four games she is averaging 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. During that streak she posted back-to-back doubles against Hartford (19 pts, 10 rbs) and Stony Brook (20 pts, 11 rbs).

20-20 VISION

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tallied 21 and 20 points, respectively, against Stony Brook (Jan. 15) becoming the first pair of 'Cats to score 20-plus points in a game since the 2008-09 campaign. Candace Williams (26) and Amy Simpson (21) last achieved the feat on Jan. 24, 2009 against the Seawolves. Earlier this season, Beliveau (25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), and Reed (21) all scored 20-plus points, becoming the first trio of Wildcats to achieve this milestone in over 10 years.

BOARDING PASS

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) pulled down eight rebounds against UMBC (Jan. 23), giving her 480 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 18th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 142 rebounds, averaging 7.9 per game, ranking fourth in the America East.

TWICE AS NICE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) matched a career high with 21 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), earning America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire. She rounded out the afternoon with nine boards, three assists, and one steal. She finished 8-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. She last reached the 21-point mark against Rhode Island (Jan. 1).

A HALF TO REMEMBER

New Hampshire posted a season-best 42 first half points against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), propelling the Wildcats to a 75-68 win over the Seawolves, earning their first conference win of the year. UNH shot 51.7 percent (15-29) from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-14) from three, and an impressive 100 percent (6-6) from the foul line during the stanza.

DOING IT ALL

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) finished with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards against Stony Brook (Jan. 15). It is the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit points. Additionally, her six assists are just two shy of a career high and one short of a season best.

HOT HAND

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), notching her second straight double-double of the season. Beliveau finished 5-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-6 from deep, and an impressive 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. She has registered 10 double-doubles in her career, including a season-best six this year.

THREEFOLD

Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 21), Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 20), and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 16) all scored in double-figures against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), marking the fourth time this season three 'Cats have scored in double-digits in a game. Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, netting her 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and 4-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

MAKING HER MARK

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched one steal against UMBC (Jan. 23), giving her 120 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 19th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 21 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.

MAKE IT RAIN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tallied one 3-pointer against UMBC (Jan. 23), giving her 93 3-point field goals in her career. The impressive total ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she has notched 31 3-point field goals on 79 tries, posting a shooting clip of .392.

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 29 helpers, averaging 1.5 per game.

JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) currently ranks in the top-10 in free throw percentage (3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (3rd), rebounding (4th), scoring (5th), 3-point field goals made (7th), and field goal percentage (9th) in the America East. The junior forward is averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.4 percent (73-172) from the field, 39.2 percent (31-79) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 82.4 percent (70-85) from the charity stripe.

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.

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 was 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.

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.; 3rd), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 4th), and all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .409 (27-66) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference, while Beliveau (.392; 31-79) and Reed (.385; 37-96) rank third and fourth, 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.; 17), Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 12), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.; 11), and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 11) all scored in double-digits against Vermont (Jan. 17), marking the second time this season four Wildcats scored in double-figures. The last time four 'Cats reached this milestone came against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), when Beliveau (25), Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.; 22), Reed (21), and Hogan (10) 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 each of the last three games. She has tallied multiple blocks nine times this year and leads New Hampshire with 28 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 (.363), knocking down 137-of-377 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 37 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 31 and 27, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .409 (27-66) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference.

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.

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 fourth in the America East in field goal percentage (.381) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.363) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 390-of-1024 attempts from the floor and have netted 137-of-377 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 17 of 19 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.4 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 13 times in her career, including 11 times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 14 of her last 16 games, with her most recent double-digit outing coming against Vermont (Jan. 17) when she tallied 17 points. During the streak she notched a career-best 25 points against Rhode Island (Jan. 1), tallied 20 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 15), and also reached 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 seventh in the America East in blocked shots with 28 and 15 swats, respectively. As a team, UNH ranks second in the conference in swats, averaging 3.7 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.2 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. In total she has tallied 80 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 28 blocks this season, giving her 142 career blocks, a mark that currently ranks third all-time in program history. She has notched at least two swats in nine of the last 14 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.

HOGAN TABBED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

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 this season by the America East Conference Monday, Jan. 17.

Hogan earns the honor after averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game, leading the Wildcats to their first conference win of the season over Stony Brook on Jan. 15. Additionally, she finished the week with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, while shooting an impressive 64.3 percent (9-14) from the floor, 50 percent (3-6) from three, and 100 percent (4-4) from the free throw line.

In UNH's win over the Seawolves, the redshirt-freshman finished with a season-high 16 points, six assists, and five boards. It is the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit points and her six assists were just two shy of a career high and one short of a season best. Earlier in the week against Hartford (Jan. 12), she tallied nine points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and shot an impressive 80 percent (4-5) from the floor.

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

Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) and Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) led five Wildcat double-digit scorers with 14 points apiece, as the ninth-seeded University of New Hampshire women's basketball team defeated the eighth-seeded University of Maine, 65-50, in the first round of the America East Women's Basketball Championships at Chase Arena on Thursday night.

With the win the Wildcats improve to 9-21 overall and 3-13 in America East play, while the Black Bears drop to 8-21 overall and 4-12 in conference action. For UNH, the win comes as its first against Maine in the tournament and its second all-time in the first round.

Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) dropped in 13 points and tallied three boards on the night. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) rounded out UNH's double digit scorers, notching 10 points and six rebounds.

Aside from McDonald's impressive point total, she also notched five blocks, marking the fourth time this season has reached that plateau. The junior now owns New Hampshire's single-season block record with 58 swats in her career. Denise Higgins previously held the mark with 53 blocks during the 1983-84 campaign.

New Hampshire kicked off the contest on a 6-0 run as Beliveau knocked down a jumper and McDonald finished off the stretch with a pair of free throws at 15:44.

Samantha Wheeler snapped the scoreless streak for the Black Bears when she sank the second of two free throw attempts, setting the score at 6-1 in favor of the 'Cats with 14:17 remaining in the first frame.

After 2:03 of scoreless play, Wells nailed a deep 3-pointer and Beliveau dropped in a layup on back-to-back possessions, giving the Wildcats an 11-1 advantage at 11:57.

Maine notched its first field goals of the contest when Samantha Baranowski knocked down jumpers on consecutive possessions and then followed up with a layup by Samantha Wheeler, cutting the score to 11-7 with 10:40 remaining in the first stanza.

New Hampshire responded to Maine's offensive spurt with a pair of layups by McDonald and Beliveau sparking an 11-3 run, pushing its lead to eight, with the score 18-10 in favor of the 'Cats at 7:56.

After trading baskets with one another for the next 3:14, Hall ignited the 'Cats with a jumper at 3:13, propelling UNH to an 11-4 run to close out at the half, giving New Hampshire the 32-24 advantage at the intermission.

The Wildcats kept up their hot pace heading into the second frame, posting a 9-0 run, capped off with a Beliveau 3-pointer at 17:04, giving UNH its highest lead to that point with score 41-24.

The Black Bears wouldn't go down easily, as they charged right back with a 20-13 run that spanned over 9:51, slicing New Hampshire's lead down to nine with 7:53 remaining.

However, McDonald helped the Wildcats get back on track when she laced a jumper to set off a 9-4 scoring stretch, capped off with a Wells jumper, pushing the score to 59-45 at 2:05, securing the win for UNH.

Tanna Ross led Maine with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists. Wheeler chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds on the night.
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