Game Notes: Women's Basketball Plays Host To Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9)

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team continues its three game homestand Sunday, Dec. 9 against Central Connecticut State University. The game, which will be televised live on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports Atlantic, tips off at 2 p.m. at Lundholm Gym.
    UNH has a 12-8 lifetime record against CCSU, but the Blue Devils have won each of the last three meetings. Last November, Central Connecticut won 83-44 on its home court. CCSU also won at home (61-48) in December 2010 and prevailed 60-48 at Lundholm Gym in December 2009.
    New Hampshire's most recent victory in this series was Nov. 13, 2007, when the Wildcats recorded a 71-59 win in Durham. The 'Cats won nine consecutive games from January 1979 through February 1988.
    UNH has a 5-3 home record vs. CCSU. The Blue Devils have won three of the last four at Lundholm Gym spanning January 1989 to November 2007.

Today's History Lesson
    Once upon a time, UNH and CCSU were in the same league together. Both the Wildcats and Blue Devils were members of the Seaboard Conference from the 1986-87 to 1988-89 seasons. New Hampshire won five of those six conference games.
    The Seaboard Conference became the North Atlantic Conference in 1989-90 and did not include Central Connecticut, but the 'Cats and Blue Devils did play twice that season. (Note: the NAC went on to become America East)

Countdown To 1,000
    UNH will play the 1,000th game in program history  Jan. 5, 2013 at home against Stony Brook University. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 4 p.m.

The State Of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire enters Sunday's game with a 4-4 overall record following Wednesday's 54-38 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. The win ended a three game losing streak and kept the 'Cats unbeaten at home (2-0) – they won their home opener back on Nov. 25 (59-56 vs. Cornell University).
    UNH played six of its first seven games of the season away from home, but now the Wildcats are in the midst of a three-game homestand that started Dec. 5 vs. Dartmouth. New Hampshire concludes the homestand Dec. 17 (7 p.m.) against Wagner.
    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.

Scoring Struggles
    UNH is averaging 54.6 points per game and has eclipsed 60 points in just one of eight 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 four games with 44 at Harvard (Nov. 28) and 43 at Brown (Dec. 3).

What Just Happened
    UNH utilized a 15-0 run in the second half to pull away from intrastate rival Dartmouth College en route to a 54-38 victory at Lundholm Gym on Wednesday. The Wildcats led 39-34 midway through the second half and held the Big Green scoreless for six minutes and without a field goal the last 9:50 of the game.
    Kaylee Kilpatrick scored back-to-back layups during that spurt and finished with a game- and career-high 16 points in 18 minutes; she was 7 of 9 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line.
    UNH limited Dartmouth to 19.0% field goal percentage in the second half and 29.2% for the game. In comparison, the 'Cats shot 40.7% from the floor in the second half.
    New Hampshire had the scoring edge in the paint (20-18), off turnovers (21-10) and on the fast break (6-2).

What Happens Next
    Following Sunday's game vs. Central Connecticut State, UNH has a short break for final exams and returns to action by concluding its three-game homestand Dec. 17 against Wagner. The Wildcats close the month with road games against Cleveland State (Dec. 22) and Colgate (Dec. 29).

New Hampshire Notables
    UNH committed a season-low 10 turnovers in Wednesday's 54-38 win against Dartmouth. The Wildcats also recorded a season-high 11 steals vs. the Big Green.
    Through seven games, UNH's largest lead was 10 points. The Wildcats doubled that with a 20-point advantage (54-34) against Dartmouth.
    Last Sunday 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.
    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).

'Cat Clips
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick netted a career-high 16 points against Dartmouth (Dec. 5) on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line.
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto recorded a career-high eight rebounds and matched a personal best of two assists vs. Dartmouth.
    Senior guard Lauren Wells tallied four steals against Darmouth to equal her career high.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame matched her season highs in both rebounds (eight) and steals (three) vs. Dartmouth.
    Senior guard Cari Reed leads the team in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 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.
    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.

This Date In History
    In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 4-3 record on Dec. 9 and that includes 4-1 at home.

Milestone Watch
    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. Reed is currently No. 5 at 140. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 91. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 231.

Clutch Performer
    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 eight games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) as well as field goals made (38) and atempted (88), 3-point field goals made (19) and attempted (46), free throws made (15) and minutes (34.0 mpg). She is second in assists (14) and free throws attempted (18).
    Reed has made 10 3-pointers (10-for-20) the past three games with three against Dartmouth and Brown and four vs. Quinnipiac.
    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 (Nov. 28).

Hitting the Boards
    UNH has outrebounded the opponent in five of eight 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.
    UNH and Dartmouth were level at 38 boards apiece.

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 eight games, Frame leads the team in free throws attempted (23) and steals (10). She ranks second in scoring (9.6 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg), field goals made (31) and attempted (71), field goal perentage (43.7%); she is tied for first in free throws made (15).
    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.
    This past Wednesday against Dartmouth, Frame tied her season highs in both rebounds (eight) and steals (three).

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 eight games, both New Hampshire and the opposition has recorded a total of 11 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 eight games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (28; 4.7 apg) and is third in both scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (4.0 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (five) minutes per game (33.5).
    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.

Nothing's Free
    The Wildcats attempted just two free throws (and made both) in the 50-43 loss at Brown (Dec. 2). It marked the lowest number of FTs made since Feb. 25, 2010, when UNH went 1-for-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 at Harvard University (Nov. 28). 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 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 matched her career high of four steals Dec. 5 against Dartmouth and with one block vs. the Big Green, she moved into a tie atop the team's leaderboard in blocks at four (with Kaylee Kilpatrick).
    Wells is averaging 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.00 assists and 26.8 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 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game.

Conference Call
    Entering this weekend's action, UNH ranks seventh in the America East conference in offense (54.6 ppg) and fourth in defense (55.9 ppg). The Wildcats rank fourth in field goal percentage (.396) and fifth in free throw percentage (.678), as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+1.9).
    On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks second in scoring (13.8 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg) – she is the only player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in free throw percentage (.833), fourth in both minutes (34.0 per game) and  3-point field goal percentage (.413).
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks second in America East in field goal percentage at 62.2% while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is second in assists (4.7 per game). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame is tied for ninth in rebounding (5.9 rpg).

Consistent 'Cat
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto scored two points each of the initial four games of the season before matching her career high of four points Nov. 28 at Harvard. She went scoreless, however, in both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic; she attemped just one field goal on the weekend.
    Spoto pulled down a career-high eight rebounds and matched her personal best of two steals in 18 minutes against Dartmouth on Dec. 5. She recorded four rebounds Nov. 25 vs. Cornell – that was a personal best at the time – and career-high two assists against both Cornell and Holy Cross (Nov. 17). She is averaging 11.0 minutes per game.

Second-Season Wildcats
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has come off the bench each of the last three. She is averaging 7.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 23.1 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team in field goal percentage at 62.2% and blocks (four), and she is fourth in both scoring as well as fifth in rebounding.
    Kilpatrick scored a career-high 16 points this past Wednesday (Dec. 5) against Dartmouth College. She made 7 of 9 field goal attempts and went 2-for-3 from the foul line in 18 minutes of action; her other stats included four rebounds and two assists as she was named America East Player of the Game.
    Kilpatrick's other season highlights included eight points at Yale (Nov. 14) and season-high 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting at Holy Cross (Nov. 17). She also tallied a personal-best three assists in that game vs. HC.
    Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all eight games and was in the starting lineup in consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard; she helped secure the Wildcats' victory against Cornell with two defensive rebounds in the last 15 seconds of the game. This past Wednesday, Gaston was an across-the-board contributor with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16 minutes.
    Gaston's other season highlights include four rebounds at Yale, Harvard and Quinnipiac as well as three steals at Holy Cross; she tallied three assists both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic.
    Sophomore guard Alexandra Leftridge has not seen game action this season. She is expected back from injury in late December. Sarah-Marie Frankenbeger will miss the entire 2012-13 season due to injury.

Incoming
    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 1.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 6.7 minutes per game (seven 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 six games, is averaging 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 23.9 minutes per game.
    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. Most recently, she netted nint points in 19 minutes against Dartmouth (Dec. 5).
    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 six gmes. She is averaging 4.0 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

Leader of the 'Cat Pack
    The 2012-13 season marks the third as UNH Wildcats head coach for Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), who became the sixth head coach in program history in May 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country.
    Magarity has quickly made a positive impact on the program with a 25-34 record in two seasons; in comparison, UNH was a combined 33-87 the four years prior to her arrival.
    And in just her second year at the helm in Durham, Magarity guided the Wildcats to their second postseason appearance (beyond conference postseason play) in the program's 37-year history when UNH advanced to the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational. New Hampshire finished the year with a 16-14 overall record to mark the team's first winning season since 2006 and most wins since 2002.
    In her first season, Magarity led the Wildcats to a 9-20 overall record and they doubled their conference wins from the previous season.

America East Preseason Prognostications
    UNH tied for fourth in the 2012-13 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released in late October. The Wildcats received 37 points to tie with the University of Vermont behind University at Albany (61 points; five first-place votes), Boston University (56; two) and University of Hartford (54; two). UMBC (34), University of Maine (17), Binghamton University (16) and Stony Brook University (12) complete the nine-team poll.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame was voted to the Preseason All-Conference Team. She was an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2012.

Scouting the Blue Devils
    Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, Conn.) enters Sunday's game with a 3-3 overall record that includes 1-2 on the road and 1-1 against America East schools (76-62 loss to Hartford; 67-41 win vs. Vermont).
    The Blue Devils' 26-point win against UVM ended a three-game losing streak; they opened the season with wins at Rhode Island and home against Massachusetts.
    CCSU is averaging 63.0 points per game and surrendering 64.3 ppg. Jaclyn and Jessica Babe lead the Blue Devils. Jaclyn, a senior who transferred from Duquesne University after two seasons, ranks first in points (17.2 ppg), field goal percentage (.442) and steals (4.3 per game). Jessica is atop the leaderboard in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and assists (5.0 apg), as well as 3-point field goal percentage (.429); she is second in points (11.3 ppg) and steals (2.7 per game).
    Senior center Kirsten Daamen (9.3 ppg) and junior forward Lauren Arbogast (8.3 ppg) are two of the team's other top scorers.  Daamen is also second in rebounding at 4.3 per game, while Arbogast is No. 2 in field goal percentage (.422).

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