Women’s Basketball Takes on Harvard Tuesday Night

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will face off against Harvard University on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Lundholm Gymnasium. 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

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), junior Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) and sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) each scored in double-figures, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to Holy Cross, 61-50, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Wildcats dip to 3-3 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 4-4 overall.

Beliveau, who was chosen as the America East Player of the Game, scored a team-high 15 points, becoming the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She entered the contest at 999 and achieved the feat with her first basket of the game on a layup at the 18:18 mark of the first half. The senior shot 7-of-13 from the floor, finishing with eight rebounds and five steals.

Reed netted 12 points in the contest, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Hogan finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and added four assists. 

Junior Amy Lepley paced the Crusaders with a game-high 20 points, while sophomore Brisje Malone and freshman Emily Parker also posted double-figures with 15 and 10, respectively.  

The teams traded points in the opening five minutes of action before Parker netted back-to-back baskets to push the Crusaders on top, 9-4 with 13:35 remaining. After a pair of free throws by Hogan pulled the home side within three, the Crusaders answered back just over two minutes later with a couple of foul shots to regain the five-point advantage.

Holy Cross maintained a five-point lead over the next five minutes, but a pair of Reed free throws and a layup by Beliveau pulled the Wildcats within one, 20-19, with 15:29 to play in the first half. The two teams then alternated a trio of 3-pointers, with the Crusaders coming out of the stretch on top, 26-22, paving the way for a 28-24 advantage at halftime.

New Hampshire raced out to a 9-4 run to start the first half, capped off by consecutive layups by Beliveau to give the Wildcats a 33-32 lead with 16:44 to play. After Holy Cross took back the lead on a layup by Meredith Ward, UNH reeled off a 10-3 stretch for the 43-37 lead at the 11:02 mark.

Holy Cross fought back with a 12-0 run to regain the lead, 49-43, until Hogan stepped back and drilled a 3-pointer to snap the stretch and pull the Wildcats within three with 7:02 remaining.

The Crusaders ended the half on a 12-4 run, hitting nine free throws in the process, to hold on for the victory.

THE MATCHUP

New Hampshire will face off against non-conference opponent Harvard at home, marking the 35th meeting between the two programs, in a series that dates back to the 1977-78 season. The Wildcats hold a 27-8 record in the series, winning 15 of the first 16 contests against the Crimson. UNH's first matchup against Harvard came on Feb. 14, 1978, which resulted in a 61-46 Wildcat win. Harvard earned its first win against the Wildcats on Feb. 10, 1986 and has been victorious in seven of the last nine meetings, including a 96-63 victory last season at Lavietes Pavilion.

SCOUTING HARVARD (2-4, 0-0 Ivy): 

The Harvard University women's basketball team downed Boston University, 62-57, at home last Wednesday … The Crimson now stand at 2-4 on the season, also picking up a home win over Rhode Island … Emma Glenn notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Christine Clark led the offensive efforts with 16 points, marking the eighth straight game the sophomore has reached double-digits … Victoria Lippert notched 11 points while both Brogan Berry and Golen chipped in 10 … Golen and Miriam Rutzen pulled down 10 rebounds apiece, as the Crimson outrebounded the Terriers 47-34 … On the season, the Crimson lead the Ivy League in field goal percentage (41.6), rebounding defense (33.0) and defensive rebound percentage (72.1) … Individually, Berry leads the league with 4.3 assists per game and a 2.6 assist per turnover ratio … Harvard finished the 2010-11 season at 18-10 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League for a second-place finish.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (3-3, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to the College of the Holy Cross, 61-50, at home Saturday afternoon … UNH now stands at 3-3 on the season, earning a trio of road victories against Ivy League opponents … Three players scored in double-figures, led by Denise Beliveau who posted 15 points for the second straight game and added eight rebounds and five steals … Cari Reed netted 12 points in the contest, while Hogan finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and added four assists … Beliveau ranks 11th in the America East in scoring with 12.0 points per game and third in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest … Hogan ranks second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (47.6).

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 Kathy Delaney-Smith returns for her 30th season at the helm of the Harvard women's basketball team. Delaney-Smith, the winningest Ivy League women's basketball coach of all-time, owns a 29-year coaching record at Harvard of 456-319, with a 274-120 record in Ivy League play. Included in those marks are nine 20-win seasons, 11 Ivy titles, a .500 record or better in 22 of the last 23 campaigns, and eight postseason appearances.

BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS

Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points in Saturday's game against Holy Cross, becoming the 16th player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She entered the contest at 999 and achieved the feat with her first basket of the game on a layup at the 18:18 mark of the first half. On that same basket, Beliveau also passed Heidi Plencner on the all-time scoring and now sits alone in 15th place with 1,014 career tallies.

UNH VS. THE IVY LEAGUE

New Hampshire has a longstanding and successful history with the Ivy League as the Wildcats hold a 59-31 all-time record against members of the Ancient Eight. Tuesday's matchup against Harvard will mark the fourth game against an Ivy League team this season as the Wildcats already notched a trio of road victories over Brown, 62-57, Cornell, 63-62 and intrastate rival Dartmouth, 58-53.

FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan and junior Cari Reed both rank inside the top-five in the America East for 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan ranks second in the league at 56.3 shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks fifth in the conference at 38.1 percent.

SWEET CHARITY

Denise Beliveau tops the conference in free throw shooting percentage this season with a near perfect 14-of-15 (93.3) at the charity stripe. As a team, the Wildcats rank third in the league at 68.5 percent, trailing only UMBC (77.3) and Stony Brook (72.1).

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