February 14, 2012

Women’s Basketball Takes on First-Place Boston U. on Wednesday (7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team remains at home for a matchup against first-place Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup between UNH and Boston University will be the 66th meeting all-time between the two programs. Boston U. holds a slight lead (36-29) in this longstanding series. The last Wildcat win against the Terriers came at home on Feb. 24, 2007, which resulted in a 74-66 victory. Boston University has won eight of the last nine meetings, including a sweep of the season series in each of the last three years. In the first meeting this season, BU ousted the Wildcats by a 79-39 decision on Jan. 19 at Case Gymnasium.

SCOUTING BOSTON (19-6, 12-0 AE):

Boston University continued its winning streak with a pair of wins last week, extending it to 12 straight... This marks the program's longest winning streak since going 16-0 in conference play in 2008-09... The Terriers are 10-0 at home... Three players scored in double-digits at Maine with Chantell Alford leading the way with 18 off a career-high six-made three-pointers... Rashidat Agboola added 14 points and eight rebounds while Caroline Stewart had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.... Mo Moran tied a career high with 11 assists while Alex Young tied the school record for most career-made three-pointers (208)...Boston U. only shot 9-of-36 in the first half, with seven consecutive shots coming from behind the arc... The Terriers held Stony Brook to 31 points, a season-low for an opponent...Stewart (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Agboola (15 rebounds, 11 points) both had double-doubles… The Terriers lead the league in both scoring offense (60.6) and scoring defense (53.3.).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (13-11, 6-6 AE):

New Hampshire split a pair of games last week, first falling at Albany before taking down Vermont at home by a 58-48 decision... The Wildcats swept the season series over the Catamounts for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign... Denise Beliveau led the way against Vermont with a game-high 17 points and four steals, including 14 points in the opening half… Kelley Flynn registered a team-high nine rebounds, while Morgan Frame recorded nine points. Kelsey Hogan posted a strong all-around game with seven points, four assists and three steals... Beliveau and Frame both recorded double-doubles in the team's losing effort at Albany, led by Beliveau's 19-point, 14-rebound performance for her league-leading ninth double-double of the season… Frame added 18 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double and third in as many games. Cari Reed and Hogan chipped in with eight points and five rebounds apiece, while Abigail LaRosa added five assists... UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (71.3) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (32.8).

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 Kelly Greenberg returns for her eighth season at the helm of the Boston University women's basketball team. Greenberg has led BU to the America East championship game five times since 2005 and the Terriers have earned at least 15 victories in each of her seven seasons as head coach. The Terriers advanced to the WNIT twice under Greenberg's guidance (2009, 2010) and picked up the program's first-ever postseason win in their first appearance in 2009.

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY…

If the playoffs started today, New Hampshire would earn the fifth seed and would take on fourth seed and tournament host Hartford in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship tournament. Boston U. would earn the top seed, taking on the winner of Vermont/Stony Brook.

HOW SWEEP IT IS

UNH downed Vermont by a 58-48 decision at home on Feb. 11, completing the season sweep over the Catamounts for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign. The Wildcats also upended the Catamounts in Burlington on Jan. 14, forcing overtime for the eventual 69-63 victory.

FAST FIVE

Denise Beliveau has scorched the nets over the past five games, averaging 16.2 points per contest. She is also shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line during the five-game span.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Wednesday's matchup features the three most efficient 3-pointer shooters in the conference, starting with UNH's Kelsey Hogan and Denise Beliveau, who rank first and second, respectively, at 46.5 and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. Boston's Chantell Alford ranks third in the category at 40.2 percent from long range.

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.

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 (15.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (50.0, 19-38), and is ranked second in defensive rebounds (5.9).

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.

FOLLOW THE 'CATS ON FACEBOOK

Keep up with the UNH women's basketball program through the newly created facebook fan page, available on the team links section of the women's basketball page at unhwildcats.com.

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-10 in 3-point field goal percentage. Hogan leads the America East in the category (46.5), while Beliveau ranks second (40.3) and Reed ranks eighth (35.6). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.8 percent from behind the arc.

DEEP THREAT

Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 46.5 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 seventh all-time in scoring with 1,283 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (790), fourth in 3-point field goals made (135) and third in steals (186) 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 fourth in the America East in rebounding with 8.5 boards per contest and leads the league in defensive rebounds (5.9). 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 31.2 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 (53.0 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 15.9 rebounds per game in the 15-game stretch, leading UNH to a 9-7 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 71.3 percent mark at the free throw line.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 17 points against Vermont, scoring in double-figures in 13 of the last 14 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 20 of 24 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 (5.9) and third in scoring at 14.2 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (second, 40.3), rebounding (fourth, 8.5) and steals (fifth, 2.1).

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 1,283 career tallies.

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