Women’s Basketball Plays Host to Vermont on Saturday (WBIN-TV, 3 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns home for a matchup against the University of Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Lundholm Gymnasium (3 p.m.). The game will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Saturday's matchup between UNH and Vermont will be the 68th meeting all-time between the two programs. Vermont leads the all-time series 37-30. The Wildcats snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Catamounts last season with a 63-59-overtime victory at Lundholm Gymnasium, but then fell, 58-47, in Burlington to split the season series. Earlier this season, the Wildcats picked up a thrilling 69-63 overtime victory on the road on Jan. 14, led by double-double performances from both Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame.

SCOUTING VERMONT (9-16, 3-9 AE):

The University of Vermont women's basketball team fell to Binghamton, 54-43, on Wednesday … Freshman Niki Taylor, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, paced the Catamounts with 14 points … Taylor added five rebounds and classmate Tierra Shumpert chipped in with 10 points …  Senior Ashley Hoyt came off the bench to score a season-high seven points and contributed five rebounds … Vermont was limited to 22 percent shooting from the field in the second half and the Bearcats outrebounded the Catamounts 48-31 in the game … Vermont has dropped its last three games, and seven of its last eight … Vermont leads the conference in rebounding offense (41.3) and ranks second in offensive rebounds (16.0), defensive rebounds (25.8) and 3-pointer made (5.6) … Individually, Kayla Burchill ranks second in 3-pointers made (2.2), while Shanai Heber ranks second in defensive rebounds (5.8) … Since the start of conference play, the catamounts are pulling down a league-best 16.5 offensive boards per contest.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (12-11, 5-6 AE):

New Hampshire lost its second-straight contest on Wednesday as the Wildcats fell at Albany, 68-59, dropping the season series to the Great Danes … Denise Beliveau led UNH with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds … Morgan Frame added 18 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double and third in as many games … Cari Reed and Kelsey Hogan chipped in with eight points and five boards apiece, while Abigail LaRosa added five assists … The Wildcats held a 34-27 lead at halftime and finished the game shooting 35.7 percent from the field, outrebounding the Great Danes by a 44-36 margin … UNH is 7-0 when shooting above 40 percent from the floor and 9-3 when winning the battle for rebounds … Beliveau leads the league with nine double-doubles and ranks third in both scoring (14.1), rebounding (8.7) and free throw percentage (86.0) … UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.7) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (32.7).

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 Lori Gear McBride returns for her second season at the helm of the Vermont women's basketball team. In her first season, Gear McBride led the Catamounts to a 5-25 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference play. Gear McBride, who won an NCAA National Championship as a member of the University of North Carolina squad in 1994, comes to Vermont after spending the past five seasons as the head women's basketball coach at Colby College.

GLASS CLEANERS

Saturday's matchup will feature the top two defensive rebounders in the conference. Denise Beliveau leads the league with 6.0 defensive boards per game, while Vermont's Shanai Heber ranks second at 5.8 per contest.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Teammates Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame both posted double-double performances at Albany on Feb. 8 and the duo now leads the conference with a combined 15 double-doubles on the season. Beliveau leads the league with nine, followed by Frame in fifth-place with six.

THREE OF A KIND

Morgan Frame posted 18 points and 10 rebounds at Albany for her third double-double in as many games. Frame is shooting 44.0 percent from the field and averaging 19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds over the last three games. 

CONFERENCE 'CAT

While Denise Beliveau has established herself as one of the top players in the America East over the course of the season, she has stepped up her game since the start of league play. In conference play, Beliveau leads all players in scoring (15.5) and 3-point field goal percentage (50.0, 16-32), and is ranked second in defensive rebounds (6.2).

BELIVEAU NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS FINALIST

University of New Hampshire senior co-captain Denise Beliveau was recently selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

A former America East Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Second Team selection, Beliveau graduated in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Leadership and Children's Health and Disabilities. Beliveau has earned America East Honor Roll accolades four years, including Commissioner's Honor Roll two years, and was named to the Dean's List six semesters. Beliveau was also named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2011.

TRIFECTA TRIO

Kelsey Hogan, Denise Beliveau and Cari Reed make up one of the most lethal 3-point shooting combinations in the America East as all three are ranked in the top six in 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (45.7), while Beliveau ranks third (39.4) and Reed ranks sixth (35.6). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.7 percent from behind the arc.

DEEP THREAT

Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 45.7 percent, shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc against Binghamton. Her four treys tied a season-high as she also netted four 3-pointers in the season-opener at Brown.

MOVIN' ON UP

With five rebounds at Hartford, Denise Beliveau climbed the charts in the school record books as she now ranks eighth all-time in scoring with 1,266 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (786), fourth in 3-point field goals made (132) and sixth in steals (182) all-time in program history.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY

Denise Beliveau posted 19 points and 14 rebounds at Albany for her league-leading ninth double-double of the season. The senior has notched seven of her double-doubles on the road this season, including one on a neutral site against NJIT. Beliveau is no stranger to the accomplishment as she posted a conference-best 11 double-doubles last season.

PERFECT 10

New Hampshire logged its 10th victory of the season on Jan. 16 in a 63-53 victory over Stony Brook, marking the first time the Wildcats have reached double-digit wins since the 2005-06 campaign (15-13). It was also the earliest UNH has reached the 10-win mark since the 1998-99 season (19-8), when the Wildcats picked up their 10th win on Jan. 11.

BOARD GAMES

New Hampshire posted 55 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 14, marking the most by any team in the conference this season. Individually, Denise Beliveau grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds, the most by a Wildcat this season. Beliveau ranks third in the America East in rebounding with 8.7 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.0). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-3 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.

DYNAMIC DUO

The tandem of Denise Beliveau and Morgan Frame is shaping up to be one of the top scoring combinations in the conference, averaging 31.5 points per game since Frame entered the lineup as a mid-year transfer from St. Anselm's College, which accounts for more than half the team's points in the span (52.0 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 16.5 rebounds per game in the 15-game stretch, leading UNH to an 8-7 record.

JUST KEEP IT CLOSE…

New Hampshire is 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season and 2-0 in overtime … UNH has outscored the opposition by a 28-21 margin in overtime periods … The Wildcats have shot 52.9 percent (9-17) from the floor in two overtime contests.

SWEET CHARITY

New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 71.7 percent mark at the free throw line.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 19 points at Albany, scoring in double-figures in 12 of the last 13 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 19 of 23 games this season. In the America East conference, Beliveau is ranked in the top-10 in eight statistical categories. She is atop the leaderboard in defensive rebound average (6.0) and fourth in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (third, 39.4), rebounding (third, 8.5) and steals (fifth, 2.0).

STARTING STRONG

The UNH starting five accounted for all but two of the team's 79 points in the win over NJIT on Dec. 30. Denise Beliveau led the way with 24 points, while Morgan Frame (20), Kelsey Hogan (13) and Abigail LaRosa (11) also reached double-figures. Cari Reed just missed the mark with nine points and also dished out a career-best seven assists. In all, the team's 79 total points mark the highest scoring output of the season.

SETTING NEW MARKS

Kelley Flynn recorded season highs of 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks at Iowa State in the opening round of the Cyclone Challenge (Dec. 29). The double-digit mark was Flynn's highest scoring output since the season-opener at Brown when she notched 8 points.  

FRAMEWORK

Morgan Frame, a junior transfer from St. Anselm's College, erupted for a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds at Wagner in just her second career game as a Wildcat. Frame shot 15-for-26 from the floor to pace the Wildcats and fell just one point shy of matching the school record for points in a game, earning America East Player of the Week honors for her efforts. She also collected three steals in 41 minutes off the bench. Frame was instrumental throughout the contest as she scored nearly half of UNH's points in the first stanza (13-of-27) to keep the Wildcats within reach at halftime. She went on to net 18 in the second half and four points in overtime to seal the victory. Frame notched a double-double in each of her first two games after becoming eligible as a mid-year transfer last season.

LEADING THE LEAGUE

Only two players have netted 30-point performances in the America East this season, and both belong to New Hampshire. Morgan Frame owns the highest single-game effort in the league with a 35-point outing at Wagner, while Cari Reed represents the other member of the club with a 32-point showing against Harvard. Additionally, Frame's 15 field goals and Reed's eight 3-pointers are also single-game league-best efforts this season.

CARDIAC 'CATS

New Hampshire has played its best basketball in close games this season, as the team is a near-perfect 4-1 in games decided by five points or less. UNH downed Wagner, 73-72, in overtime, thanks to a last-second jumper by Denise Beliveau in extra time. Earlier in the season, Kelsey Hogan tipped in a game-winning buzzer-beater to help UNH beat Cornell. In both those contests, Cari Reed kept the Wildcats in the game with a late 3-pointer, including a timely distance shot at Wagner to send the game into overtime.   

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 tied three others for the second-highest single-game three-point field goals made in America East history.

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 8th place with 1,266 career tallies.

HOGAN'S HEROES

Kelsey Hogan is in the midst of a great sophomore campaign as she ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game, netting double-digit numbers in nine games. 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.

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