November 15, 2011

Women’s Basketball Hosts Seton Hall in Home Opener Wednesday Night

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team welcomes Seton Hall University to Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the team's 2011-12 home opener. The game will be broadcast live on Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Links to live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) netted a game-high 17 points and senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) recorded a double-double to lead the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team past Brown University, 62-57, Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the season opener for both teams.

Hogan shot 5-for-11 from the field, including four 3-pointers and also added nine rebounds, while Beliveau totaled 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the double-double. Senior Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) added eight points and three blocks, while freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with six points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals for the all-around game.   

Senior Hannah Passafuime and junior Sheila Dixon paced the Bears with 17 points apiece.

The Wildcats raced out to an early lead with a 7-0 run to start the contest, highlighted by a pair of post lay-ins by Flynn and a trey by sophomore Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) at the top of the arc. The Bears answered with back-to-back baskets, but junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) halted any hope of a home side run with a corner jumper, putting the 'Cats on top, 9-4.

After nearly four minutes of scoreless action, a Dixon lay-up pulled the Bears within three points, but the Wildcats answered with consecutive jumpers from freshman Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) and Beliveau for the seven-point lead at the 8:51 mark. From there, the Bears went on an 8-2 run to pull within two, but Hogan followed a free throw with a 3-pointer to push the lead back up to six with 4:46 remaining.

After the Bears trimmed the deficit to four, Hogan drilled another trey with 11 seconds remaining but the home side answered right back with a three of their own as UNH held on for the 26-22 advantage at halftime.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 7-2 run, capped off by another Hogan 3-pointer, to stretch the UNH lead to 33-24 with 16:12 to play. After three quick points by the Bears, the Wildcats silenced the home team with a 15-3 run as Reed 3-pointer pushed UNH on top, 48-30, at the 10:00 mark.

Brown would fight back, however, using a 19-4 run over 7:45 to pull within three at 52-49 with just over three minutes left in regulation. The UNH defense would step up from there as Hogan took a timely charge in the lane and Flynn came up with a crucial block, allowing the Wildcats to hit all the necessary free throws and hang on for the 62-57 victory.  

As a team, the Wildcats shot at a 37.3 percent clip, including 40 percent from beyond the arc, and limited the Bears to 5-of-27 on 3-point attempts.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will take on Seton Hall at home, marking the fifth meeting all-time between the two programs and first for UNH at home, in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 season. The Wildcats captured the first two meetings, both on neutral sites, with their most recent victory coming in a 55-53 decision on Nov. 24, 1984. UNH's first matchup against Seton Hall came on Dec. 30, 1982, which resulted in a 81-60 Wildcats' win. In their most recent meeting, the Pirates evened up the all-time series with a 54-45 victory at Walsh Gymnasium.

SCOUTING SETON HALL (2-0, 0-0 Big East):

The Seton Hall women's basketball team held off Army, 53-50, on the road Sunday afternoon … Seton Hall now stands at 2-0 on the season … Senior Jasmine Crew led the Pirates with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists with no turnovers … With seven seconds remaining in the game, the Pirates held a three point lead on the final possession before Elaine Swaby stepped out and deflected a three-point attempt by Molly Yardley to preserve the victory … As a team, the Pirates limited the Black Knights to 31.6-percent shooting from the floor and had eight steals and seven blocks … Senior Tajay Ashmeade paced the lineup with four blocks.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-0, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball squad downed Brown, 62-57, on the road Friday night in the season opener … UNH stands at 1-0 on the young season … Sophomore Kelsey Hogan paced the Wildcats with 17 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, and also added nine rebounds … Senior Denise Beliveau chipped in 10 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the double-double … Freshman Ariel Gaston registered a solid game in her debut as the team's starting point guard, finishing with six points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals … As a team, the Wildcats shot 37.3 percent from the floor and 40 percent on 3-point attempts … Defensively, UNH held the Bears to 5-of-27 shooting from 3-point land.

THE COACHES

Head Coach Maureen Magarity is back for her second season as head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team. Last season, Magarity led UNH to a 6-10 conference record - twice as many wins as the year before - and a trip to the America East tournament before the Wildcats fell to Binghamton in the quarterfinals. Magarity was named the sixth head coach in the history of the program on May 18, 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.

Head Coach Anne Donovan enters her second season at the helm of the Seton Hall women's basketball team. An Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, Donovan was named the third head coach in Seton Hall women's basketball history on March 29, 2010. She completed her first season with the Pirates in March of 2011, developing a BIG EAST All-Freshman selection and finished with an overall record of 8-22.

HOGAN'S HEROES

In UNH's season-opener at Brown, sophomore Kelsey Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season. Hogan was lights out from 3-point land, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown, and also chipped in a career-high nine boards. Her 3-point shooting was the main reason for the team's 40 percent clip from beyond the arc. 

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Senior Denise Beliveau dropped in 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener at Brown for the team's first double-double of the season. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

TRAINING DAY

Freshman Ariel Gaston was given the challenge of running the offense as the starting point guard in her first career college game, and she rose to the occasion, helping UNH to a road victory over Brown in the season opener. Gaston had an all-around game, recording six points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action. She was critical down the stretch to hold off Brown's late comeback as she iced four free throws in the final four minutes of the contest. Additionally, she was one of only two players in the game with double-digit rebounds.  

UNH IN HOME OPENERS

Historically, the Wildcats have been remarkable in home-openers, putting together a 25-12 record in 37 tip-off games since the program's inception in 1975. UNH has been particularly strong over the past ten years, winning nine season openers, including a 62-52 victory over Dartmouth last season.

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