January 29, 2011

Women's Basketball Battles Boston U. Live on NESN (Jan. 29)

GAME NOTES (PDF)


THE MATCHUP

Boston University holds a slight lead (34-29) in this long series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The last Wildcat win against the Terriers came at home on Feb. 24, 2007, which resulted in a 74-66 victory. Boston University has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a sweep of the season series in each of the last two years.

SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY (11
-9, 8-0 AE): 

Last time out Boston University (11-9, 8-0 AE) earned a 65-60 victory over Binghamton University at Agganis Arena on Jan. 26 ... Sophomore Mo Moran provided the offensive spark for the Terriers with 16 points, and classmate Chantell Alford and senior Kerry Cashman added 13 points apiece ... Moran earned America East Player of the Game honors, finishing 6-for-11 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line with three steals and six rebounds ... Alford was 4-for-16 from the field with three treys ... Alford also dished out four assists, swiped two balls and blocked three shots ... Cashman was the third Terrier to reach double figures with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 3-for-6 free throw shooting ... BU made the most of Binghamton's 17 miscues, scoring 22 points off turnovers ... The Terriers have won eight straight ... Prior to the winning streak, BU dropped two in a row against Marist (Dec. 11) and Providence (Dec. 31) ... The Terriers are the top scoring offense in the America East, averaging 62.7 points per game ... They have been even more impressive since the start of conference action, posting 67.7 ppg ... Alford (3rd) and Young (4th) rank in the top-10 in the America East in scoring, averaging 14.2 and 13.8  points per game, respectively ... BU also ranks first in the conference in assists per game, averaging 13.2 per game ... Moran ranks second in the America East in assists per game with an average of 4.2 per game ... The Terriers have also been stellar on the glass, pulling in 40.7 boards per game ... Cashman (2nd) and Caroline Stewart (3rd) rank in the top-5 in rebounds per game, averaging 8.3 and 8.0 boards per game, respectively.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) notched a career-high 27 points, four rebounds and one assist against Maine (Jan. 26), earning America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire. It is the highest single-game point total of any Wildcat this season. She is also the first 'Cat to notch 10 field goals in a game since Candace Williams did so against Boston University on Jan. 17, 2009. She finished the evening 10-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Her six 3-point field goals are a career best and tie a UNH single-game record.

THE EARLY SHOW

Senior center Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) tallied a season-high 11 points, one short of her career best, propelling the Wildcats to a 67-47 victory against Maine (Jan. 26).  She also pulled down five rebounds and notched one steal. Early scored all 11 of her points during a 20-4 run, guiding the 'Cats to a 22-point advantage, giving them a lead they would not relinquish in the closing minutes of the contest.

DOING THE DISHES

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) matched a career high with six assists against Maine (Jan. 26), finishing the contest with 13 rebounds and six points. The last time she reached the six-assist mark came against Binghamton on March 1, 2008. She has led the team in assists in three straight games, including a total of five contests this season.

POURING IT ON

New Hampshire posted its fourth highest scoring total of the season against Maine (Jan. 26) notching 67 points, while limiting the Black Bears to just 47 points. The point differential is the largest margin of victory the Wildcats have posted since they defeated Colgate, 89-61, on Dec. 5, 2008. The 'Cats reached the mark on a superb second half, outscoring Maine 41-23 on 48.1 (13-27) percent shooting from the floor and 38.5 (5-13) percent shooting from deep.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

New Hampshire held Maine to just 47 points on 31.7 (19-60) percent shooting from the field on Jan. 26. It was the lowest point total and the second lowest field goal percentage posted by any Wildcat opponent this season. UNH also held Maine to just 19 field goals, marking the lowest number of baskets made by any opponent this year.

POINT TAKEN

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched six points against Maine (Jan. 26), giving her 835 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 20th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 253 points, averaging 13.3 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 223-of-319 shots (.699) 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 .828 (72-87) 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 (88), 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 five games she is averaging 13.4 points and 9.8 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 13 rebounds against Maine (Jan. 26), giving her 493 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 16th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 155 rebounds, averaging 8.2 per game, ranking fourth in the America East.

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.; 27), Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 15), and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.; 11) all scored in double-figures against Maine (Jan. 26), marking the fifth 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 career-best 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor and 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.

MAKING HER MARK

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched two steals against Maine (Jan. 26), giving her 122 in her Wildcat career, a total that ranks 18th all-time. Beliveau leads the team with 23 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 fourth 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 13.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.5 percent (75-190) from the field, 36.9 percent (31-84) from beyond the arc, and an impressive 82.8 percent (72-87) 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), Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.; 3rd), and Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.; 4th), and all rank in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage in the America East. Hogan leads the way with a .423 (30-71) shooting clip from beyond the arc, ranking second in the conference, while Reed (.402; 43-107) and Beliveau (.369; 31-84) and 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 three of the last four 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 (.358), knocking down 146-of-408 attempts from beyond the arc. Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) leads the squad with 43 3-point field goals, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) rank second and third with 31 and 30, respectively. Hogan leads the Wildcats with a .423 (30-71) 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 (.378) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.358) this season. The 'Cats have knocked down 414-of-1095 attempts from the floor and have netted 146-of-408 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 18 of 20 games, Reed ranks second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and ranks first among guards in rebounds (4.4 rpg). She has scored in double-digits 14 times in her career, including 12 times this season.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has scored in double-figures in 14 of her last 17 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 3.6 per game.

ASSISTED EFFORT

Freshman guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) currently leads New Hampshire with an average of 4.1 assists per game, ranking first in the America East. In total she has tallied 82 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 15 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

Sophomore Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) led three Wildcats in double-figures, netting a career-best 27 points, propelling the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team to a 67-47 victory over the University of Maine Wednesday night at Alfond Arena.

The win, which is UNH's third in the last four games, improves the Wildcats to 6-14 overall and 3-5 in America East play. The Black Bears, who registered the lowest point total of any UNH opponent this season, fall to 3-17 overall and 1-7 in conference action with the loss.

Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, notching the highest single-game point total of any Wildcat this season. She is also the first 'Cat to notch 10 field goals in a game since Candace Williams did so against Boston University on Jan. 17, 2009. She finished the evening 10-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Her six 3-point field goals are a career best. She also added four rebounds and one assist in the win.

Tanna Ross earned player of the game honors for Maine, finishing with a team-high 18 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.; 15) and Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.; 11) also scored in double-digits for UNH, marking the fifth time this season three 'Cats have finished in double-figures. Early's point total was a season best and fell just one short of her career high.

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) chipped in with 13 rebounds and six points, while also matching a career best with six assists.

After a see-saw battle for much of the first half, New Hampshire picked up the pace in the last four minutes of the frame, posting 13 unanswered points to close out the stanza and give the Wildcats a 26-24 edge at the intermission.

Reed ignited the 'Cats after being held scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the action, knocking down a 15-foot jumper from the left wing, halting a 7-0 Maine run at 3:51. After a change of possession Ross fired back with a 3-pointer, pushing Maine ahead 24-18 with 3:38 remaining.

That would be the last time the Black Bears would score for the rest of the frame, as Reed sank 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 24-24 with 1:21 remaining. Beliveau capped off the run driving hard to the rack through a herd of defenders, getting into the lane and laying the ball off the window from the right side to put UNH up 26-24 with 42 seconds left in the stanza.

Reed kept up the hot shooting at the start of the second frame, banging in a pair of threes on back-to-back possessions, building UNH's lead to eight at the 18-minute mark. Ross would sink a 3-pointer and Ashleigh Roberts banked in a layup on two straight trips up the floor, cutting the deficit down to three about a minute later.    

The 'Cats responded on the defensive end, limiting the Black Bears to just two points over the next 3:35, posting a 10-2 run on the back of Reed, who scored every basket during the stretch, pushing the Wildcat lead to its highest margin to that point with a 42-31 edge at 14:20.

New Hampshire scored on three straight trips up the floor to kick off the run, as Reed set off the stretch, grabbing an offensive rebound on the right block and banked in a layup off the window at 17:15. On the ensuing possession she used a high screen set by Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.), firing in a trifecta from the right wing, and capped things off with a baseline 15-footer on a feed from Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.).

A Shareka Maner layup and Ross trifecta would snap Maine's scoreless streak, but UNH kept piling on the points as a baby hook shot in the lane by Early ignited a 20-4 run that lasted over seven minutes. The senior would add a jumper about a minute later and Hogan drained a 3-pointer from the right wing on the possession that followed, as New Hampshire tallied seven unanswered points to set off the stretch.

UNH would close out the run just as strong, posting seven unanswered points once again, as Beliveau set up Early with a pair of transition layups less than a minute apart and the Wildcats knocked down 3-of-6 free throws from the charity stripe to take a 60-42 lead with 5:21 remaining. Early scored all 11 of her points during the stretch, as she guided the 'Cats to a 22-point advantage, giving them a lead they would not relinquish.
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