DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks for the season sweep over Stony Brook University when it travels to Pritchard Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 18 for a matchup at 2 p.m. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.
Saturday's matchup between New Hampshire and Stony Brook will be the 25th meeting all-time between the two programs. UNH leads the all-time series 16-8 and has won seven of the last nine games against the Seawolves. The two teams split the season series during the 2009-10 campaign, with each claiming a win at home, before the Wildcats swept the season series last winter. The Wildcats have won three straight over Stony Brook after knocking off the Seawolves, 63-53, earlier this season at Lundholm Gymnasium.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK (4-22, 1-12 AE):
Stony Brook fell at home to UMBC and at Boston U. last week...Whitney Davis scored 16 points against UMBC and then had 14 points and seven rebounds at Boston U... She has now scored in double-figures in seven of her last eight games... Jessica Previlon scored a career-high 16 points and added 11 rebounds on Wednesday against UMBC... It was her first career double-double... Tamiel Murray had seven of the Seawolves 14 assists against UMBC. The seven assists tied a career best... She also pulled down eight rebounds... Stony Brook has dropped 12 straight after opening conference play with a win over Vermont.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (13-12, 6-7 AE):
New Hampshire fell to first-place Boston University, 63-52, at home Wednesday night… UNH trailed by 20 points at halftime in January's meeting between the two teams, but held BU to 22 percent (6 of 27) shooting in the opening stanza this time around to forge a 23-23 tie at the break… Frame notched her fourth double-double in the last five games… She posted a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds… Denise Beliveau recorded 14 points to go along with eight boards and three steals… Kelsey Hogan chipped in with 12 points and a game-high five assists… The Wildcats shot just 59.1 percent at the foul line, including 2-of-7 in the first half… UNH shot at least 30 percent from the floor in all but three games this season, including twice against Boston U… UNH leads the conference in free throw percentage (70.6) and ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage (32.2).
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 Beth O'Boyle is in her first season at the helm of the Stony Brook women's basketball team. O'Boyle has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience and comes to Stony Brook following four years at Canisius College, where she served as the associate head women's basketball coach for the past two seasons. O'Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 as the Golden Griffins won 24 games, advanced to the MAAC Championship game and qualified for the WNIT for the first time in program history.
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. Stony Brook would take on Vermont in the first round with the winner facing off against top seed Boston University.
Morgan Frame has been on fire over the last five games, averaging 17.0 points and nine rebounds per contest. She has four double-doubles during the span, shooting 43.8 percent from the field.
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.
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 16 double-doubles on the season. Beliveau leads the league with nine, followed by Frame tied for second with seven.
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 (46.8, 22-47), and is ranked second in defensive rebounds (6.0).
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.
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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 (43.6), while Beliveau ranks second (39.5) and Reed ranks eighth (33.9). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.2 percent from behind the arc.
Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 43.6 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 14 points against Boston, Denise Beliveau continues to climb the charts in the school record books as she now ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 1,297 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (798), fourth in 3-point field goals made (138) and third in steals (189) all-time in program history.
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.
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.
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 (6.0). As a team, the Wildcats are 9-3 when they pull down more rebounds than the opposition.
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 (52.0 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 16.1 rebounds per game in the 15-game stretch, leading UNH to a 9-8 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.
New Hampshire went 24-of-29 at the free throw line at Vermont on Jan. 14. The Wildcats pace the league with a 70.6 percent mark at the free throw line.
Denise Beliveau netted 14 points against Boston U., scoring in double-figures in 14 of the last 15 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 21 of 25 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 14.2 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (second, 39.5), rebounding (fourth, 8.5) and steals (fifth, 2.2).
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.
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 seventh place with 1,297 career tallies.