DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team closed out the 2011-12 season with its annual awards banquet Saturday afternoon at Cartelli's restaurant in Dover. The team awards were handed out and the three-player senior class was recognized as school administrators, family members and the coaching staff joined the Wildcat players to celebrate the most recent campaign.
New Hampshire's coaching staff recognized seniors Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) for their years of dedication and commitment to the women's basketball program. Second-year head coach Maureen Magarity and her staff also handed out a trio of individual awards.
Beliveau was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season after leading the squad in rebounding (8.6) and adding 14.1 points per game. Beliveau, who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team, was the only player in the league to rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding. The team co-captain notched a league-best 10 double-doubles, including five against conference opponents. Additionally, Beliveau was named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second Team as well as the America East All-Academic team for the second straight season.
Sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) was honored with the Coaches' Award for the second time in as many seasons. One of only two Wildcats to start every game, Hogan finished the season with a team-best 76 assists and also chipped in with 10.2 points per game. A fixture in the backcourt on both ends of the floor, the team co-captain also led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (41-92, 44.6).
In addition to being recognized as a senior, LaRosa was presented with the Most Improved Player Award after an impressive final go-around as a Wildcat this past season. LaRosa proved to an impactful defender for the Wildcats throughout the season, starting 23 of 30 games played and ranking fourth on the team in minutes played. She also chipped in with 4.4 points per game and 1.0 steals per contest.
Flynn capped off her UNH career with a strong senior campaign, leading the lineup with 22 total blocks. The New Hampshire native left her mark in the UNH record books as she tied the program's single-game block record with seven rejections against Stony Brook last season.
As a team, New Hampshire ended the season 16-14 overall and 9-7 in conference play, reaching the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament. UNH enjoyed its first winning season since the 2005-06 campaign and earned a postseason berth for the second time in program history with a trip to the Women's Basketball Invitational.
|Denise Beliveau||Kelley Flynn||Abigail LaRosa||Kelsey Hogan|