Women’s Basketball Seeks Third Straight at Wagner Wednesday

Game Notes

Sophomore Kelsey Hogan

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will look for its third straight win on Wednesday, Dec. 21 when they visit Wagner College for a 6 p.m. matchup at the Spiro Sports Center. The game will be aired locally on Time-Warner Cable. Links to live stats and live video will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup will be the sixth meeting all-time between New Hampshire and Wagner in a series that dates back to the 1986-87 season. The Wildcats hold a perfect 5-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 2-0 mark at Staten Island, N.Y. Most recently, UNH knocked off the Seahawks, 80-70, on Nov. 17, 2006 at Lundholm Gymnasium. New Hampshire notched a 65-53 win in the first meeting between the two programs during the 1986-87 campaign.

SCOUTING WAGNER (2-8, 1-1 NEC):

The Wagner women's basketball team fell at No. 16 Penn State, 103-42, on Sunday afternoon, dropping to 2-8 on the season … The Seahawks have lost three in a row but stand at 2-1 at home this season with wins over Columbia and St. Francis (NY) … Penn State shot 54% (36-of-67) from the floor while holding the Seahawks to 20% (14-of-70) shooting. Penn St. held a 54-42 edge in the rebounding department … Kelly Clark, the Seahawks' leading scorer on the season, was held to a season-low five points as the Lady Lions' tall and athletic frontcourt held the 6-3 center to 2-of-11 shooting … On the season, Clark leads the team with 13.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game … Clark also ranks ninth in the Northeast Conference in scoring, while the team ranks fourth in the league in blocks (4.0).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (5-4, 0-0 AE):

The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team downed Rhode Island, 52-33, Sunday afternoon … The Wildcats now stand at 5-4 on the season … UNH faced a 10-point deficit five minutes into the second stanza, but closed out the final 15 minutes on a 32-3 run for the comeback victory … New Hampshire trailed 21-15 at halftime, but turned it around in the second stanza, shooting 50 percent on 14-of-28 from the floor and limiting the Rams to just 14.3 percent shooting in the half (4-of-28) … In the contest, the Wildcats shot 37.5 from the field and outrebounded the Rams by a 45 to 28 margin  … Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) and sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) tallied 15 points apiece to pace the UNH offense … Frame, a junior transfer, shot 5-of-9 from the floor and added a game-high 10 rebounds for the double-double performance in her first career game in a Wildcat uniform … Beliveau, who scored 13 points in the second half, added nine rebounds, while Hogan was a perfect 4-for-4 at the line and finished with three assists and two steals … Beliveau tops the America East in free throw percentage (92.9), ranks third in rebounding (9.1) and eighth in scoring (12.8) … Hogan and Cari Reed rank second and fourth, respectively, in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.2 and 41.5 percent … As a team, the Wildcats lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage (32.2) and rebounding defense (33.9) … UNH is 4-1 on the road this season.

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 Gela Mikalauskas returns for her 18th season at the helm of the Wagner women's basketball team and seventh year of her second stint with the program. Mikalauskas is the school's all-time winningest coach with 214 wins in 16 years, including a 174-134 record during her first stint as head coach. She also guided the Green & White to a school-record 24 wins during the 1983-1984 season, when Wagner put together an unmatched 17 game winning streak. Mikalauskas has also led the Seahawks to two other 20-win seasons and holds five of the top-10 seasons in school history.

FRAMEWORK

Morgan Frame put together an impressive showing in her first career game in a Wildcat uniform, helping UNH to a 52-33 road win over Rhode Island. The junior transfer came off the bench to post a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double performance, finishing with two steals and one block. She was highly efficient from the field, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor, while providing a dominating presence down low on both ends of the floor. Frame was instrumental in New Hampshire's 32-3 run to close the second half as she posted nine points and seven rebounds in the stanza.

ROAD WARRIORS

New Hampshire is off to a 4-1 start in road games this season, picking up victories over a trio of Ivy Leaguers in Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth, as well as Atlantic-10 opponent, Rhode Island. The Wildcats are averaging 55.8 points per game when away from the friendly confines of Lundholm Gymnasium

MODEL OF EFFICIENCY

New Hampshire shot a season-best 48.8 percent from the field in the team's win over Manhattan on Dec. 9, hitting 20-of-41 from the floor. Denise Beliveau paced the team with a game-high 17 points, shooting a season-best 75 percent from the floor (6-8).  Additionally, the Wildcats were a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, marking the best single-game effort in the conference this season. Kelsey Hogan paced the lineup as she hit all six of her free throws down stretch to ice the victory.

CRASHING THE BOARDS

Denise Beliveau grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds against Manhattan, marking the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks third in the America East in rebounding with 9.1 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.7). As a team, the Wildcats are 5-0 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition and currently lead the conference in defensive boards (33.9). 

CARI THE LOAD

Junior Cari Reed erupted for 32 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, in UNH's home loss to Harvard. The previous school record was six 3-pointers, a mark shared by eight different Wildcats including Reed, while her 32 points are the most in the America East this season and the most by a Wildcat since Maren Matthias dropped 30 points on Dec. 13, 2002. Reed's eight treys rank second all-time in America East play and helped boost her numbers across the board this season. She ranks third in the conference in 3-point field goals made (2.1), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (41.5, 17-41) and sixth in field goal percentage (43.1, 28-65).

BELIVEAU NETS 1,000 POINTS

Denise Beliveau scored a team-high 15 points 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 list and now sits alone in 14th place with 1,057 career tallies.

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 the league at 45.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Reed ranks fourth in the conference at 41.5 percent. As a team, UNH owns the best 3-point field goal percentage in the conference, shooting 32.2 percent from behind the arc. 

TRIPLE THREAT

The Wildcats boast three players averaging double-digits is scoring though eight games this season. Morgan Frame leads the lineup with 15.0 points per game, while Denise Beliveau and Kelsey Hogan clock in at 12.8 and 11.0, respectively.

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