Women’s Basketball Set to Host Maine Wednesday on Senior Night (7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team will play host to the University of Maine on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the home finale and senior night at Lundholm Gymnasium (7 p.m.). Links to live stats, audio and video will be available at unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP

Wednesday's matchup between New Hampshire and Maine will be the 71st meeting all-time between the two rivals. Maine leads the all-time series (45-25), however, the Wildcats have earned victories in eight of the last 11 meetings. The Black Bears earned wins in both regular season meetings during the 2009-10 season, but the Wildcats have claimed wins in four straight contests, including a series sweep last season. Most recently, the Wildcats picked up a 66-50 victory earlier this season at Memorial Gymnasium.

SCOUTING MAINE (6-21, 3-11 AE):

Maine dropped a pair of games over the past week... The Black Bears lost 59-40 at home to Hartford before failing to sweep Vermont and falling in Burlington 71-54... Corinne Wellington led the way for Maine over the weekend as she averaged 9.0 points including a 14-point performance at Vermont, a season high for her... Samantha Baranowski grabbed six boards at Vermont and now has 600+ points and 400+ rebounds in her career at Maine... Rebecca Knight also reached a milestone in rebounds at Vermont as she tallied her 100th rebound in her 25th career game... Danielle Walczak totaled 11 points against Hartford, matching her career high in conference action... Baronowski leads the conference in field goal percentage (49.7), including a 50.4 mark since the start of league play.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (14-12, 7-7 AE):

UNH split a pair of contests on the week, first falling to Boston U. at home before sweeping the season series over Stony Brook with a 63-46 win on Saturday... Morgan Frame netted a game-high 18 points against the Seawolves, including 15 in the second half, and added six rebounds... Cari Reed recorded 12 points, including four three-pointers, while Bridgette McKnight posted 10 points and seven rebounds... As a team, the Wildcats shot 42.3 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc... UNH outrebounded the Seawolves by a 44-27 margin... Frame also led the way against Boston with 18 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season... Denise Beliveau recorded 14 points to go along with eight boards and three steals, while Kelsey Hogan chipped in with 12 points and a game-high five assists... UNH trailed by 20 points at halftime in January's meeting between the two teams, but held Boston U. to 22 percent (6 of 27) shooting in the opening stanza this time around to forge a 23-23 tie at the break... Beliveau leads the league in defensive rebounds per game (6.0), while the Wildcats lead the league in both free throw percentage (70.1) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.5).

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 Richard Barron enters his first season at the helm of the Maine women's basketball team. Barron comes to the University of Maine after a two-year stint at North Carolina State where he served as an assistant coach under Kellie Harper. Barron spent two seasons at Baylor prior to his time at NC State as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator with the Bears. He began his Division I head coaching career at Princeton as he spent six seasons at the helm of the Tigers' program and managed the Tigers to an Ivy League title in 2005-06, setting a school record for overall wins (21-7) and conference wins (12-2).

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY…

If the playoffs started today, New Hampshire would earn the fifth seed and would take on fourth-seeded UMBC in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship tournament. Maine would take on Stony Brook in the first round with the winner facing off against top seed Boston University.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FROM MAINE

Morgan Frame has been on fire over the last two games, averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 50 percent from the field. She also added a double-double against Boston U, giving her seven on the season.

RETURN TO FORM

After hitting just six 3-pointers in the previous eight contests, Cari Reed returned to her sharpshooting ways against Stony Brook on Saturday as she went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

A McKNIGHT'S TALE

Bridgette McKnight provided a strong offensive presence off the bench against Stony Brook as she tied season-highs of 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

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 Stony Brook, 63-46 on Feb. 18 for a third-straight victory over the Seawolves to complete the season-sweep.

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 16 double-doubles on the season. Beliveau leads the league with nine, followed by Frame tied for second with seven.

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 3-point field goal percentage (44.9, 22-49), ranks second in defensive rebounds (6.1) third in scoring (14.6).

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 (43.2), while Beliveau ranks second (38.6) and Reed ranks seventh (35.3). As a team, UNH ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 32.5 percent from behind the arc.

DEEP THREAT

Kelsey Hogan, the most efficient 3-point shooter in the league at 43.2 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

After three points at Stony Brook, Denise Beliveau continues to climb the charts in the school record books as she now ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 1,300 points. She also ranks fourth in rebounds (807), fourth in 3-point field goals made (138) and third in steals (192) 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 (6.0). As a team, the Wildcats are 10-3 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 30.6 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 (51.0 %). Additionally, the duo is averaging a combined 16.0 rebounds per game in the 18-game stretch, leading UNH to a 10-8 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.

SWEET CHARITY

New Hampshire went a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line against Manhattan. The Wildcats pace the league with a 70.1 percent mark at the free throw line.

ALL-AROUND EFFORT

Denise Beliveau netted 14 points against Boston U., scoring in double-figures in 14 of the last 16 contests. She has scored in double-figures in 21 of 26 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 13.8 points per game. Her other top rankings include 3-point field goal percentage (second, 38.6), rebounding (fourth, 8.5) and steals (fifth, 2.2).

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.

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 seventh place with 1,300 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 10.2 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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