February 29, 2012

Beliveau and Frame Earn All-Conference Honors

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team received America East All-Conference honors, the conference announced Thursday afternoon at its annual awards banquet.

Beliveau was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Academic Team, becoming just the seventh player in program history to be named to the first team. Frame was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team, making her the 12th player in program history to receive the honor and second in as many years after Beliveau was named to the squad last season.

Beliveau, who was recently named the 2012 America East Co-Player of the Game, led the Wildcats to their first winning season since 2006 and four seed in the upcoming tournament. The senior forward is the only America East player to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounding after finishing the regular season with 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

The Massachusetts native notched a league-best 10 double-doubles this season, five of them against America East opponents, and closed out the regular season ranked in the top-10 in nine statistical categories. Beliveau is third in the league with an 85.3 percent free-throw percentage and is also one of the top defensive players in the league with 2.1 steals per game.

Additionally, Beliveau earns all-academic status for the second straight season, recording a grade point average of 3.79. As a fifth-year senior, Beliveau graduated in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science, holding a 3.51 GPA and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Leadership and Children's Health and Disabilities.

Frame made an immediate impact at UNH as a mid-season transfer and was named to the All-Conference Second Team after collecting America East Player of the Week awards twice during the season. She finished the regular season with a team-best 16.1 points per game and also ranked second on the squad with 7.6 rebounds per contest. Despite playing in just 20 games, Frame racked up seven double-doubles during the season and notched double-figures in all but three contests.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats will take on fifth-seeded UMBC in the quarterfinals of the 2012 America East Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own at the University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena on Friday, March 2 (2:15 p.m.).

 
 All-Conference First Team (Denise Beliveau, Erin Brown, Mo Moran, Chantell Alford, Ebone Henry)
 
AE Second Team (Morgan Frame, Michelle Kurowski, Ruthanne Doherty, Andrea Holmes, Julie Forster)
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