Women’s Basketball Takes on Dartmouth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will wrap up its three-game road stretch with a visit to intrastate rival Dartmouth on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Leede Arena. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and live video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

LAST TIME OUT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) netted a team-high 11 points, but it would not be enough as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell at Central Connecticut State University, 83-44, Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Wildcats drop to 2-2 on the season while the Blue Devils improve to 3-1 overall.

Hogan, who notched her third double-figure scoring effort of the young season, shot 4-of-8 from the floor, while senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) finished with eight points, three steals and a team-high seven rebounds.

Jaclyn Babe led the Blue Devils offensively with a game-high 22 points, while Kirsten Daamen and Brooke Bailey also scored in double-figures with 18 and 14, respectively.

The teams opened the contest with even scoring for the first five minutes, until a put-back basket by Beliveau sparked a 6-0 run for UNH, giving the visitors a 16-12 lead at the 14:13 mark. The Blue Devils responded with a pair of buckets over the next 3:13 to tie up the score at 16 apiece.

After the teams traded baskets, the Blue Devils ended the half on a 24-4 run in eight minutes of action for a 42-22 advantage at halftime. UNH was paced by the play of Hogan in the opening 20 minutes, who had seven points, while Beliveau added six points and two steals. Central's Jaclyn Babe led all players with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.

The teams opened the second frame with tightly contested play as Hogan netted four points and senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) followed with a short jumper, but the Blue Devils kept pace, maintaining a 48-28 lead at the 16:30 mark.

Central Connecticut would open up a 10-4 run over the next 2:20 for a 57-30 advantage with just over 14 minutes left to play. The Wildcats pulled within 23 on a basket by freshman Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) and a pair of free throws by sophomore Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), but could not get closer, as the Blue Devils went on to claim the victory.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will take on intrastate rival Dartmouth on the road, marking the 33rd meeting between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season.  The teams each earned a victory in the first two battles, before the Wildcats won five straight contests. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 17-15, but the Big Green are closing in on this Granite State rivalry, as Dartmouth has won five of the last six head-to-heads. UNH came out on top in last year's meeting with a 65-52 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH (2-3, 0-0 IVY):

The Dartmouth College women's basketball team fell to Big East foe Providence, 63-48, on the road Saturday … The Big Green opened the season at 0-2 before picking up road wins over Colgate and Vermont … Dartmouth now stands at 2-3 on the season and has yet to play at home … Freshman Kamala Thompson led the Big Green offense with 12 points against the Friars, while fellow rookie Tia Dawson joined Thompson in double figures with a career-best 10 points … Dawson also tallied a team-best eight rebounds while leading scorer junior Faziah Steen added nine points … Dartmouth struggled from the floor, shooting 26.4 percent (14-of-53) for the game while the Friars shot 39.6 percent (21-of-53) for the contest … Dartmouth was also outrebounded for the first time in its last two games, losing the battle of the boards, 46-30 … On the season, Steen leads the Big Green and ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 16.2 points per game … She also ranks third in the league in free throw percentage (88.0, 22-25) and second in 3-point field goals made with 2.2 treys per game … As a team, Dartmouth tops the league in both field goal defense (34.2) and 3-point defense (25.0).  

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

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell at Central Connecticut State, 83-44, on the road Sunday afternoon … UNH now stands at 2-2 on the season with a pair of road victories over Brown and Cornell … Sophomore Kelsey Hogan led the attack against the Blue Devils with a team-high 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor, marking her third double-figure scoring effort of the young season … Senior Denise Beliveau finished with eight points, three steals and a team-high seven rebounds … Hogan currently leads the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, while Beliveau is also averaging double-digit scoring with 10.5 points per game … Beliveau is also the team's top rebounder with 8.0 boards per contest.

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 Chris Wielgus returns for her 27th season at the helm of the Dartmouth College women's basketball team. In her time in Hanover, Wielgus has recorded 12 Ivy League championships, one Patriot League title and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She is the winningest coach in the illustrious history of Dartmouth College, amassing a record of 381-298 in 26 seasons. Including her two years as a head coach with Fordham, Wielgus sports a 418-319 overall record in 28 years as a head coach.

UNH VS. THE IVY LEAGUE

New Hampshire has a longstanding and successful history with the Ivy League as the Wildcats hold a 58-31 all-time record against members of the Ancient Eight. Wednesday's matchup against Dartmouth will mark the third road game against an Ivy League team this season as the Wildcats already notched victories over Brown, 62-57, and Cornell, 63-62.

BELIVEAU NEARS 1000 POINTS

With 984 career points, Denise Beliveau is set to join some elite company as the senior needs just 16 points to become the 16th member of the program's 1,000 point club. Beliveau will look to pass Heidi Plencner (1,000 pts) on the all-time scoring list, while Amy Simpson was the last Wildcat to join the club, hitting the career mark on January 10, 2010.    

HOGAN'S HEROES

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan is off to a great start this season as she leads the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, netting double-digit numbers in three of four games played. A proven player in crunch time situations, Hogan posted 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 is tied for first in the America East in field goal percentage (51.4, 18-35), sharing the ranking with Vermont's Lauren Buschmann, and tops the league in 3-point field goal percentage (56.3, 9-16).

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Senior Denise Beliveau has already logged a pair of double-doubles in just four games this season. She dropped in 10 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener at Brown and also 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 strong from beyond the arc to start the season as the team ranks third in the conference in both 3-point field goal percentage (33.0, 21-63) and 3-pointers made (5.3 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. Individually, sophomore Kelsey Hogan and junior Cari Reed each rank in the top-10 for conference 3-point field goal percentage, as Hogan tops the league (56.3, 9-16) and Reed ranks seventh (35.3, 6-17).

SWEET CHARITY

Denise Beliveau leads the conference in free throw shooting percentage this season with a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe. As a team, the Wildcats rank second in the league at 70 percent, trailing only UMBC (81.8).

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

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 third in defensive rebounds (5.5), fifth in rebounding (8.0), and 16th in scoring (10.5).

CARDIAC 'CATS

The Wildcats downed Cornell, 63-62, in thrilling fashion on Nov. 22, as Kelsey Hogan netted the game-winning lay-up at the final buzzer for the team's second road victory of the season. The play was set up on the previous UNH possession, as Cari Reed 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.

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