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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team takes a 3-4 overall record into Wednesday night's UNH basketball doubleheader at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats tip off against intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the 5:30 p.m. matinee.
UNH has an 18-15 overall record, including last year's 58-53 road victory, against Dartmouth. Of the eight Wildcats who played in last year's game, only four are on this roster (and one of those is sidelined by injury).
The 'Cats have a 12-4 home record in this series and that includes a 65-52 win in the most recent meeting at Lundholm Gym on Nov. 16, 2010.
Prior to UNH's current two-game winning streak, Dartmouth won five straight spanning the 2005-06 through 2009-10 seasons – all those games were in January. The teams have split the last 10 meetings overall.
The last time these teams tipped off in December was 1997 (Dec. 11), when UNH prevailed 59-46 at Leede Arena. Since then, there have been seven November games and six December games.
Dartmouth has only four wins in Durham, but the Big Green has won two of the last three at Lundholm Gym. DC won 49-48 on Jan. 19, 2010 and 67-52 on Jan. 9, 2008.
Of the previous 33 games, only one has gone into overtime. The Wildcats prevailed 75-73 on Nov. 19, 2004 at Lundholm.
The State Of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters the week with a 3-4 overall record that includes 1-0 at home and 2-2 against the Ivy League. The Wildcats have lost three consecutive games after opening the season at 3-1.
UNH played six of its first seven games of the season away from home, but now the Wildcats play three consecutive games at Lundholm Gym beginning with Wednesday's matchup vs. Dartmouth. The Wildcats won their home opener back on Nov. 25 (59-56 vs. Cornell University). On the three-game homestand, UNH also plays Central Connecticut State University (Dec. 9; 2 pm) and Wagner (Dec. 17; 7 pm).
In three games last week, UNH averaged 46.7 points with a .363 field goal percentage. The opposition averaged 57.7 points with a .385 shooting percentage.
With a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, UNH started 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Between that season and this, UNH won season openers three times (2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12) but lost the following game.
UNH is averaging 54.7 points per game and has eclipsed 60 points in just one of seven games – that was a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17 (the second game of the season). The Wildcats have scored less than 45 points two of the last three games with 44 at Harvard (Nov. 28) and 43 at Brown (Dec. 3).
What Just Happened
UNH went 0-2 at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with a 60-53 loss to Quinnipiac University in the opening round (Saturday, Dec. 1) and a 50-43 setback to Brown in the consolation game (Sunday, Dec. 2).
Senior guard Cari Reed was named to the All-Tournament Team. She was the Wildcats' leading scorer in both games with 13 points against Quinnipiac and then she recorded her second double-double of the season with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds against Brown. Reed netted a season-high four 3-pointers vs. QU.
UNH held Brown scoreless for the opening 10 minutes of the game and led 10-0 before the Bears scored. Brown leveled the score at 16 and the Wildcats led 18-16 at the half. The 'Cats led 33-31 with 7:36 remaining but the home team went on a 9-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
One day earlier against Quinnipiac, the Wildcats trailed by 14 points with 11 minutes left in the game but went on a 7-0 run to pull within 46-39. Reed's fourth 3-pointer of the game trimmed the deficit to 52-51 at 4:00, but the 'Cats did not score again until the waning seconds.
The 2012 Brown Bear Basketball Classic marked the 11th regular-season tournament for the UNH Wildcats in 11 seasons, and the 'Cats are now 0-4 in two appearances at the Brown tourney. Overall, UNH is 7-15 with a record breakdown of 2-9 on opening day (six consecutive losses) and 5-6 on Day 2.
What Happens Next
UNH continues its three game homestand Sunday, Dec. 9 (2 p.m.) against Central Connecticut State University; The game will be televised live on WBIN-TV and Fox College Sports. After a short break for final exams, the Wildcats return to action Dec. 17 (7 p.m.) at home against Wagner.
New Hampshire Notables
In Sunday's game at Brown (50-43 loss), UNH recorded season lows in points, field goal percentage (.327) and free throw attempts (two). The 43 rebounds, however, marked the second-highest season total (44 in the opener at Yale) and the three blocks marked a season best.
UNH finished with 22 assists on 29 field goals in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross, and that assist total marked the highest by the Wildcats since Jan. 29, 2003, when New Hampshire tallied 23 assists in a 76-70 loss at Vermont; the last time the 'Cats recorded 20+ assists was Jan. 10, 2009 at UMBC.
In the two subsequent games following that 22-assist effort at Holy Cross, UNH had a combined 21 assists.
In the Nov. 20 game at Boston College, the Wildcats shot 59.1% from the floor in the first half and carried that hot shooting touch early into the second half when they shot 50% (4-8) en route to building a 43-37 lead. In the last 16 minutes, however, UNH shot 5 of 21 (23.8%) from the floor as BC rallied to the 64-59 victory.
Four UNH Wildcats scored in double digits at Holy Cross. That quartet – Morgan Frame, Kelsey Hogan, Kaylee Kilpatrick and Cari Reed – accounted for 59 of the team's 68 points and shot a combined 25-for-42 (59.5%) from the floor, including 5 of 12 (41.7%) from 3-point range; they also went 4-for-4 from the foul line to account for all of the team's free throw attempts.
UNH went 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale. The last time the 'Cats did not make a 3-point field goal was Feb. 25, 2009, when they missed all 15 shots from beyond the arc against Stony Brook University at Lundholm Gym (50-49 win).
Senior guard Cari Reed leads the team in both scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg). She has been the team's top scorer five times, and the top rebounder five times. Reed recorded her second double-double of the season Dec. 2 at Brown with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Senior forward Morgan Frame had scored in double digits each of the first four games of the season but was limited to single figures all three games last week, when she averaged 6.3 ppg, shot 37.5% from the floor and was 1-for-2 from the foul line. She did average 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last week.
Senior guard Lauren Wells netted a season-high 10 points against Quinnipiac University (Dec. 1) on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor.
Freshman forward Kendall Martenet, who averaged 0.5 rebounds per game through five games, averaged 3.5 rpg at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic (three vs. QU; four vs. Brown).
After missing two games, junior guard Kelsey Hogan returned to the starting lineup both games of the Brown Bear Basketball Classic. In 34 minutes against Quinnipiac, Hogan tallied 11 points, three assists, two steals and a block. She then recorded seven rebounds and six assists vs. Brown – once again, in 34 minutes. In the two games, Hogan shot 5 of 24 (20.8%) from the floor, including 1-for-9 on 3-pointers.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 5-6 record on Dec. 5. Only two of those 11 games were at home, and the 'Cats lost both – 1984 and 1990.
One current 'Cat is already in the Top 10 on UNH's career leaderboard for 3-point field goals made and another will approach that list during the 2012-13 season. Senior shooting guard Cari Reed ascended into the top 5 at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with the first of her four 3-pointers vs. Quinnipiac. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 91. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 227.
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season. In the opener at Yale, Reed pulled down a defensive rebound with nine seconds remaining and secured the 57-51 victory by hitting both foul shots with five seconds to play. Then at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, Reed lifted UNH to a 68-65 victory by hitting a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock. Against Cornell (Nov. 25), she hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to extend UNH's lead to three points and the final margin of 59-56.
Through seven games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg) as well as field goals made (34) and atempted (78), 3-point field goals made (16) and attempted (38), free throws made (15) and minutes (34.6 mpg). She is second in assists (14) and free throws attempted (17).
Reed has been the team's top scorer five times, and the top rebounder five times. She recorded her second double-double of the season Dec. 2 at Brown with a season-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. Her first double-double of the season (second of her career) occurred Nov. 17 with 18 points and 12 rebounds at Holy Cross. Both totals led all players and the 12 rebounds matched her personal best. She nearly tallied a double-double in two other games with eight points, 11 rebounds at Yale and 12 points, eight rebounds at Boston College.
Also of note, Reed led the'Cats in points (10), rebounds (six) and assists (four) at Harvard last Wednesday.
Hitting the boards
UNH has outrebounded the opponent in five of seven games this season. The Wildcats recorded the rebound advantage each of its first four games against Yale (44-36), Holy Cross (31-24), Boston College (36-31) and Cornell (40-39), but then Harvard hit the glass for a decisive 43-27 edge against the Wildcats. Last weekend, Quinnipiac tallied a 39-35 advantage and then New Hampshire was +15 (43-28) against Brown.
Framework For Success
Senior forward Morgan Frame was selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team at the league's Media Day in late October.
Through seven games, Frame leads the team in free throws attempted (21) and steals (seven). She ranks second in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (5.6 rpg), field goals made (30) and attempted (63), field goal perentage (47.6%) and free throws made (14).
Frame has proven capable of taking control of games. With UNH trailing by 10 points (56-46) with eight minutes remaining at Holy Cross, Frame scored nine consecutive points and 11 overall during the Wildcats' 15-0 run; she also had two steals during that stretch. Frame finished the game with a season-high 17 points.
In the next game at Boston College, Frame scored eight consecutive UNH points in the latter part of the first half as the 'Cats and Eagles exchanged baskets. Frame finished that game with a season-high eight rebounds.
Get Outta Here
New Hampshire recorded just one blocked shot through three games and then recorded two in the Nov. 25 home opener against Cornell University. Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick accounted for all three blocks to that point, and then senior guard Lauren Wells tallied two blocks at Harvard (Nov. 28).
UNH recorded a season-high three blocks Dec. 2 at Brown; the 'Cats tallied two blocks one day earlier against Quinnipiac.
Through seven games, both New Hampshire and the opposition has recorded a total of 10 blocks.
Captain of the 'Cats
Junior guard Kelsey Hogan is captain of the 2012-13 UNH Wildcats; last year, she was a co-captain alongside Denise Beliveau and started all 30 games. Hogan is a mulitple threat in the backcourt – as the quarterback of the offense, she is strong on the dribble and an excellent passer; she is also an accurate jumpshooter who led not only the team but the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41-for-92) a year ago.
Through seven games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (24; 4.80 apg) and third in scoring (10.4 ppg) as well as fourth in rebounding (3.6 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (five) minutes per game (34.0).
Hogan matched her career high of nine assists Nov. 17 at Holy Cross. She established that personal benchmark Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Binghamton University. In the opener at Yale, Hogan made all eight free throw attempts; the eight foul shots was a career high. She recorded a season-high seven rebounds this past Sunday at Brown.
The Wildcats attempted just two free throws (and made both) in the 50-43 loss at Brown this past Sunday. It marked the lowest number of FTs made since Feb. 25, 2010, when UNH went 1-fot-6 from the foul line against Binghamton University. The two FTS attempted is the lowest since Dec. 30, 2009, when the 'Cats also went 2-for-2 at Syracuse.
UNH did not attempt a first-half free throw last Wednesday night at Harvard University. The 'Cats made 8 of 12 foul shots in the second half.
UNH attempted just four free throws – and made all four – in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross (Nov. 17).
UNH recorded season highs in both free throws made (15) and attempted (19) in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale.
Going Back To The Wells Again
Another player who returns with starting experience is senior guard Lauren Wells, who utilizes her quickness and athleticism to drive past defenders – and be a disruptive force at the other end of the court as a defender – but she can also hit the mid-range jumper.
Wells missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, but she started 21 of 29 games in 2011 as a junior and was in the starting lineup all 31 games in '10. In her junior season, Wells ranked third on the team in steals, fourth in assists and fifth in scoring; she also led the team in free throw percentage and ranked ninth in America East in 3-point field goal percentage.
Wells, who started each of the first two games of the 2012-13 season, came off the bench vs. Cornell to score a season-high nine points in 24 minutes on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the foul line. Wells also came off the bench at Harvard and tallied four points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Wells returned to the starting lineup for both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic, where she scored a season-high 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting against Quinnipiac on Dec.1. She is averaging 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.00 assists and 26.3 minutes per game.
Return to Action
Senior shooting guard Jilliane Friel, who was sidelined the opening two weeks of the season due to injury, made her 2012-13 season debut in the Nov. 25 home opener vs. Cornell, and she was even pressed into the role of point guard due to the Wildcats' injury and foul trouble.
In 15 minutes, Friel contributed across the board with three points, two rebounds, one steal and four assists, which matched her career high.
This season she is averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game.
Entering this week's action, UNH ranks seventh in the America East conference in offense (54.7 ppg) and fifth in defense (58.4 ppg). The Wildcats rank third in both field goal percentage (.402) and free throw percentage (.699), as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+2.1).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks second in scoring (14.1 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.9 rpg) – she is the only player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also tied atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.882), is fourth in minutes (34.6 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.421).
Two 'Cats rank amont the Top 10 in field goal percentage with sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick at No. 4 (58.3%) and senior forward Morgan Frame in sixth (47.6%).
The UNH women's basketball program welcomed four newcomers to the 2012-13 squad and that includes sophomore center Corinne Coia, who transferred following her freshman year (2011-12) at the University of Rhode Island; she is ineligible to play for the Wildcats this season.
Kendall Martenet is the other new addition to the frontcourt. The 6-2 forward was a three-time captain at Mukwonago High School, where she led the team in rebounding as a junior and senior.
Martenet, who played four minutes off the bench in the season opener at Yale (Nov. 14) but did not play at Holy Cross, saw four minutes of first-half action Nov. 20 at BC. She hit 15-foot jumpers on back-to-back possessions to lift the 'Cats into a 33-33 tie late in the half. Those marked her first career points. Martenet played a season-high 11 minutes at Brown (Dec. 2) and pulled down a personal-best four rebounds. She is averaging 1.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 6.5 minutes per game (six games played).
Elizabeth Belanger and Victoria Duffey joined the Wildcat backcourt. Belanger garnered ESPN Boston All-State Team and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, Lowell Sun Player of the Year and Dual County League MVP accolades at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
Belanger, who has started each of the last five games, is averaging 6.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 24.6 minutes per game. She ranks third on the team in rebounding.
In her second career start, Belanger recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Cornell (Nov. 25). Belanger made her collegiate debut off the bench in the season opener at Yale. She finished with eight points, three rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.
Duffey comes to UNH from Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes after lettering at Walled Lake Central High School for three years. She was a three-year starting point guard and two-time captain at Walled Lake Central, where she earned three All-Conference and two Academic All-State accolades.
Duffey has seen limited action off the bench in five gmes. She is averaging 4.4 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
Wildcats on the Air
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 12 UNH women's basketball games during the 2012-13 season. All 11 home games as well as the Nov. 28 road game at Harvard will be on the air. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network affiliates include:
WGIR-AM 610 (flagship station) – Manchester
WPKX-AM 930 (flagship station) – Rochester
WQSO-FM 96.7 (flagship station) – Portsmouth
WNTK-FM 99.7 – New London
A total of four games will be televised, including home games vs. Central Connecticut State University and Boston University. Here is the complete schedule.
Dec. 9 Central Conn State WBIN and FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 16 at Albany ESPN3
Jan. 19 Boston U. WBIN and FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 26 at Binghamton Time Warner Cable
Another option for fans to follow live action of the UNH women's basketball home games is online videostreaming at unhwildcats.tv
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) enters the week with a 1-5 overall record that includes 1-3 on the road. After opening the season with a 64-53 win at Bryant, the Big Green has lost five straight. Most recently, Dartmouth lost 73-59 at Old Dominion on Dec. 2.
Faziah Steen leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg. Abbey Schmitt is also averaging double figures at 11.0 ppg, is shooting 44.4% (24-for-54) from the floor and leads the team in rebounding at 9.3 per game. Nicola Zimmer is the team's top 3-point threat at 9 of 22 (40.9%), while Milica Toskovic is 7-for-15 (46.7%). Steen has launched the most 3-pointers but is 5 of 25 from beyond the arc.
Dartmouth is averaging 56.3 points per game and is allowing 69.5 points per game. DC is shooting .361 from the floor in comparison to the opponent's .436 (including .371 from 3-point range). The Big Green is also being outrebounded (38.5-36.0) and committing more turnovers (19.0-14.0).
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Tips Off Dec. 5 Doubleheader Against Dartmouth
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