Women’s Basketball Continues Road Stretch at Central Connecticut (Nov. 27)

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will hit the road to face off against Central Connecticut State University on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Detrick Gymnasium. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m. Links to live stats and live video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT

Facing a one-point deficit with six seconds remaining, sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) corralled the offensive rebound on a missed 3-pointer and netted the game-winning lay-in, just beating the final buzzer, to lift the UNH women's basketball team past Cornell University, 63-62, Tuesday evening at Newman Arena.

The play was set up on the previous UNH possession, as junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Wildcats a 61-60 lead with 24 seconds left to play.

Cornell answered back after a timeout and took the late one-point lead on a jumper by senior Maka Anyanwu with six seconds remaining in regulation.

The Wildcats quickly traveled down the length of the court, setting up another Reed 3-pointer from the corner. Hogan was well-positioned under the net as she claimed the offensive rebound and flipped up the game-winning layup with one-tenth of a second left on the clock, sealing the victory as time expired.

With the win, the Wildcats move to 2-1 on the season, while the Big Red drop to 1-3 overall.

Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, shooting 7 of 16 from the floor with three steals. Hogan chipped in with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting and 3-for-4 from long range, while Reed finished with nine points on three treys. As a team, UNH shot 45 percent from the field and hit a season-high eight 3-pointers.

UNH jumped out to a quick lead on an early 3-pointer by Reed, but the home side responded with consecutive baskets to pull ahead, 5-3. After a Hogan jumper evened the score, the Big Red rattled off a 12-2 run for a 17-7 lead with 13:15 left in the first half. 

After Cornell stretched its lead to 12 on the 3-point shooting of Shelby Lyman, the Wildcats also turned to the long ball and slowly chipped away at the Big Red advantage with a 13-7 run. Beliveau, Hogan and Reed all hit shots from beyond the arc to pull the visitors within six, 28-22, at the 8:45 mark.

The Big Red maintained a six-point lead for most of the frame until Hogan drilled a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to trim the home team's advantage to 37-34 at halftime.

The defenses clamped down to open up the second half, as a pair of Beliveau baskets marked the only scoring on both sides, giving the Wildcats a 38-37 lead at the 16:35 mark. Cornell would notch three points over the next 2:30 before Beliveau lifted the Wildcats to a 41-40 lead on a conventional three-point play with just over 14 minutes remaining.

Down by one at 48-47, senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) came up with a backcourt steal and hit Beliveau for the easy layup. Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) followed with a jumper on the next possession to give UNH a 50-47 lead at the 6:05 mark.

After several slim lead changes, and the score even at 58-58, Anyanwu scored down low with two seconds left on the shot clock for the two-point advantage with 1:36 to play.

Two possessions later, Reed knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, setting up Hogan's eventual late-game heroics in the victory.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will remain on the road to face off against Central Connecticut State, marking the 20th meeting between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 season.  The Wildcats hold a 12-7 record in the series, with their most recent victory coming in a 71-59 decision on Nov. 13, 2007 at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH's first matchup against Central Connecticut State came during the 1975-76 season, which resulted in a 70-66 Blue Devils victory. In the last seven meetings between the two teams, however, CCSU has a 5-2 record against UNH, including a 61-48 victory last season in New Britain, Conn.

SCOUTING CCSU (2-1, 0-0 NEC):

The Central Connecticut State women's basketball team fell to Hartford, 65-56, on the road Tuesday night, marking the team's first loss of the season … The Blue Devils opened the season with wins over Maine and Massachusetts … CCSU now stands at 2-1 on season … Sophomore Lauren Arbogast posted career-highs with 12 points and seven rebounds … Junior Kirsten Daamen finished with a team-high 13 points, leading the team in scoring for the second straight game … She scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half before fouling out … Sophomore Jessica Babe finished with 10 points, four steals and three assists, but was limited to only 22 minutes on the court because of foul trouble … On the season, Daamen leads the team with 14.0 points per game, shooting 42.2 percent from the field … Arbogast is the team's top rebounder with 5.7 boards per contest, while Babe and Daamen chip in with 5.3 rebounds per game … The Blue Devils top the Northeast Conference in 3-point field goal defense, limiting opponents to just .133 percent from beyond the arc, but also rank last in the league with eight 3-pointers made on the season. 

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (2-1, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team picked up a thrilling 63-62 victory over Cornell Tuesday night … UNH now stands at 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in road games … Sophomore Kelsey Hogan tipped in the game-winning lay-in with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to secure the buzzer-beating win … She finished with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor … Senior Denise Beliveau led all players with 18 points and added 10 boards for her second double-double of the season … Junior Cari Reed added nine points, all on 3-pointers … The Wildcats notched a season-high eight treys on 50 percent shooting from downtown … UNH controlled the offensive boards, winning by a margin of 11-9, and recorded 15 second-chance points … On the season, the Wildcats lead the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc, and rank second with 6.8 treys per contest … Individually, Hogan leads the league with a 61.5 3-point field goal percentage.

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 Beryl Piper returns for her fourth season at the helm of the Central Connecticut State women's basketball program. The 1987 graduate has guided the Blue Devils to consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals in 2009 and 2010. Over the last two seasons Central has recorded 30 wins including 20 conference victories. The 30 wins over two years were the most for a Blue Devil squad since the 88-89 and 89-90 seasons.

HOGAN'S HEROES

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan is off to a great start this season as she leads the team in scoring with 13.0 points per game in three games played. A proven player in crunch time situations, Hogan most recently netted 15 points at Cornell, including the game-winning basket with one-tenth of a second left on the clock to secure the 63-62 victory. In UNH's season-opener at Brown, Hogan erupted for a game-high 17 points, more than she had in any single game last season, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown and also added a career-high nine boards. Hogan went on to best that mark with 10 rebounds against Seton Hall. She currently ranks first in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage (61.5, 8-13), and second in field goal percentage (51.9, 14-27).

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Senior Denise Beliveau has already logged a pair of double-doubles in just three games this season. She dropped in 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener at Brown and most recently posted 18 points and 10 boards at Cornell, leading all players in both categories. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

FROM DOWNTOWN

New Hampshire has been lights out from beyond the arc to start the season as the team ranks first in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (38.8) and second in 3-pointers made (6.3 p/g). The sharpshooting Wildcats shot 50 percent from 3-point land at Cornell, shooting 8-of-16 from behind the line, including six in the first half. Sophomores Kelsey Hogan and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger rank one-two in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, clocking in at 61.5 and 60 percent, respectively.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Senior Denise Beliveau led all players with 18 points and 10 boards in UNH's win at Cornell, marking her second double-double performance of the season and second double-digit scoring effort. Beliveau ranks near the top of the America East in several statistical categories, including fourth in defensive rebounds (5.7) sixth in rebounding (8.3) and 14th in scoring (11.3). She also leads the league with a perfect free throw percentage, hitting all seven free throws from the charity stripe.

ROAD WARRIORS

New Hampshire is off to a 2-0 start in road games this season, picking up victories over a pair of Ivy Leaguers in Brown and Cornell. The Wildcats are averaging 62.5 points per game when away from the friendly confines of Lundholm Gymnasium and have already matched the amount of road wins from last season.

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