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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team enters Saturday's game at Cleveland State University with a 5-5 overall record. Tipoff at the Wolstein Center is 1 p.m.
UNH has a 2-0 overall record against Cleveland State. Both meetings were in tournaments at Florida International University in Miami. The Wildcats prevailed 76-67 on Dec. 31, 1984 and won again by nine points, 73-64, on Jan. 2, 1988.
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. To commemmorate the milestone, fans will be invited on the court (spelling out 1000) for a photo op.
The State Of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Saturday's game with a 5-5 overall record following a 77-54 victory against Wagner College at Lundholm Gym on Monday, Dec. 17. The Wildcats went 2-1 on that three-game homestand and have a 3-1 record at Lundholm Gym this season.
UNH concludes the 2012 calendar year with road games against Cleveland State (Dec. 22) and Colgate University (Dec. 29). The 'Cats have a 2-3 road record; they opened the season with wins at Yale and Holy Cross, but since then have lost on the road to Boston College, Harvard and Brown.
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What Just Happened
Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded 14 points and nine rebounds to pace a balanced UNH attack in the Wildcats' 77-54 victory against Wagner College at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 17.
Frame's game-high 14 points was matched by Cari Reed, who climbed to No. 3 on the program's career 3-point leaderboard with 143. Kaylee Kilpatrick tallied a personal-best 11 rebounds.
Reed gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead on UNH's first possession of the game and Wagner never pulled even thereafter. New Hampshire led 11-4 and scored eight consecutive points to extend the advantage to double digits.
UNH led by as many as 17 points in the first half, held a 37-24 halftime lead and Frame scored the initial four points of the second half to reestablish a 17-point cushion. The advantage grew to 20 points, 47-27, on a Kelsey Hogan jumper at 17:01 and the Seahawks never got closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
What Happens Next
The Wildcats close the 2012 calendar year Dec. 29 at Colgate University and ring in the New Year – and the America East conference portion of its schedule – on Jan. 2 at Vermont. UNH's next home game is Jan. 5 vs. Stony Brook University.
New Hampshire Notables
The 23-point margin of victory vs. Wagner (77-54) marked the largest of the season, and the 'Cats recorded a season-high lead of 25 points (75-50 at 1:40 of the second half).
UNH recorded season highs in points (77), rebounds (46), 3-pointers (7) and free throws both made (22) and attempted (34) against Wagner.
In the first half against Wagner, New Hampshire shot 54.2% (13 of 24) from the floor and pulled down nine offensive rebounds.
After committing 13 first-half turnovers against the Seahawks, UNH turned the ball over just four times in the second half.
The Wildcats scored 37 first-half points and 40 in the second half against the Wagner Seahawks – one game earlier, the 'Cats scored a total of 32 points vs. Central Connecticut State University.
The 40 second-half points vs. Wagner marked the team's highest total in any half this season. The previous high was 39 in the second half at Holy Cross (Nov. 17).
New Hampshire shot a sesaon-high 43.8% (7 of 16) from 3-point range against Wagner. The 47.1% field goal percentage was second only to the 47.5% at Holy Cross.
UNH was at opposite ends of the spectrum in consecutive games with a season-low 10 turnovers against Darmouth College (Dec. 5) and season-high 27 turnovers vs. CCSU (Dec. 9).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded career highs in consecutive games with 10 against Central Connecticut State University (Dec. 9) followed by 11 vs. Wagner (Dec. 17).
Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto scored a career-high nine points vs. Wagner. Spoto, who had not attempted a free throw prior to that game, went 7-for-10 from the foul line.
Sophomore guard Ariel Gaston matched her career highs in both points (eight) and steals (three) against Wagner. She also tallied a season high of four assists.
Senior guard Lauren Wells netted a season-high 11 points vs. Wagner. She shot 4-for-9 from the floor, including 2 of 6 from 3-point range.
Senior forward Morgan Frame pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against the Wagner Seahawks as she finished one rebound short of recording her eighth career double-double.
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. 3 at 143. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 92. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 236.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 1-1 record on Dec. 22. Most recently, the 'Cats were 75-63 victors against Quinnipiac University in 2010. One year earlier, New Hampshire was defeated 76-67 at Lundholm Gym by the University of Louisville.
Through games of Dec. 18, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in offense (54.6 ppg) and third in defense (54.4 ppg). The Wildcats rank fourth in field goal percentage (.388) and third in both free throw percentage (.674) and rebounding margin (+4.1).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.9 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (7.2 rpg) – she is the only player among the Top 10 in both stats. Reed is also fourth in minutes (33.7 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.386).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick is No. 2 in America East in field goal percentage at 58.5% while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is third in assists (4.1 per game). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame is eighth in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.435).
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 10 games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) as well as field goals made (45) and atempted (107), 3-point field goals made (22) and attempted (57) and minutes (33.7 mpg). She is second in assists (17) and free throws made (17) ns attempted (21).
Reed entered the Dec. 17 game vs. Wagner ranked No. 5 on New Hampshire's career 3-point leaderboard with 140 3-pointers. She ascended to No. 3 by the end of the night with three 3-pointers to move past both Denise Beliveau (141) and Kelly Karl (142).
Reed made 10 3-pointers (10-for-20) spanning three games (Dec. 1-5) with three against Dartmouth and Brown and four vs. Quinnipiac.
Reed has been the team's top scorer six 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 seven of 10 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.
At the Brown Bear Basketball Classic, 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, then the 'Cats tallied a 43-36 edge against Central Connecticut State.
Most recently, UNH recorded its largest rebound total (46) and margin (+19) of 2012-13 against Wagner College on Dec. 17.
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 10 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (22) and attempted (33) as well as steals (11). She ranks second in scoring (10.2 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), field goals made (40) and attempted (92), and field goal perentage (43.5%).
Frame has led the team in scoring each of the past two games with 11 vs. Central Connecticut State and 14 vs. Wagner – she was named the America East Player of the Game both times.
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 eight rebounds.
On Dec. 5 against Dartmouth, Frame was credited with eight rebounds and three steals.
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 and also had two blocks – both by Kilpatrick – against Wagner.
Through 10 games, New Hampshire has a 15-13 edge in blocked shots.
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 10 games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (33; 4.1 apg) and is third in scoring (8.4 ppg) as well as fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (six) minutes per game (32.4).
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 Dec. 2 at Brown.
After missing two games, Hogan returned to the starting lineup both games of the Brown Bear Basketball Classic. In 34 minutes against Quinnipiac, she 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 first three games of the season, Hogan averaged 13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 5.0 apg. Since returning, her numbers are 5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.6 apg.
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 (22) and attempted (34) this past Monday at home against Wagner College.
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 long 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 has been in the starting lineup seven times – including each of the past five games, scored a season-high 11 points this past Monday against Wagner College. She made 4 of 9 field goal attempts and that included 2-for-6 from 3-point range.
When she was reinsterted into the starting lineup Dec. 1 against Quinnipiac University, Wells scored 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting; she also tallied three rebounds and two assists.
Wells came off the bench in the Nov. 25 home opener 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 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); she is currently second.
Wells is averaging 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 27.6 minutes per game.
UNH is averaging 54.6 points per game and has eclipsed 60 points twice in 10 games – a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17 (the second game of the season) and 77 points in its most recent game vs. Wagner. The Wildcats have scored less than 45 points two of the last four games with 43 at Brown (Dec. 2; 50-43 loss) and 32 against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9; 43-32 loss).
The 32 points marked UNH's lowest point total since a 59-32 loss to the University of Hartford on Feb. 4, 2009 and stands as the Wildcats' third-lowest scoring output – New Hampshire was held to a program-low 30 points Jan. 31, 1985 at Northeastern University and 31 points at the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 28, 1993.
The 43 points scored by CCSU marked the fewest allowed in a UNH loss. The previous low scored by the opposition in a New Hampshire loss was 46 by Dartmouth College on Dec. 30, 1993 (46-42 at Dartmouth).
Including those two losses, UNH has a 114-5 lifetime record when holding the opponent below 50 points.
With senior guard Cari Reed and junior guard Kelsey Hogan entering the season shooting 36.2% and 41.5%, resectively, from 3-point range, one wouldn't expect the UNH Wildcats to have many games struggling to make a 3-pointer.
But New Hampshire went 0-for-17 from 3-point range against Central Connecticut State at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 9 with Reed and Lauren Wells missing six 3-pointers and Hogan attempting four 3-point shots; Jilliane Friel accounted for the other 3-point field goal attempt.
That game marked the second time in nine games that UNH did not make a 3-point shot. The Wildcats were 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale.
Prior to this season, 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).
New Hampshire made a season-high seven 3-pointers – on 16 attempts – Dec. 17 against Wagner.
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.
Friel is averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game (seven games played).
New Hampshire improved its win total seven games from the 2010-11 (nine victories) to 2011-12 seasons (16 victories) to tie the second-highest margin of improvement in program history. UNH also saw a seven-game improvement from 1998 (12) to 1999 (19), while the highest mark of eight games was from 1991 (10) to 1992 (18).
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 ended a streak of four consecutive scoreless games with a career-high nine points against the Wagner Seahawks on Dec. 17. She had not attempted a free throw in her Wildcat career prior to that game and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. Spoto also recorded four rebounds and a steal in the game.
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 11.1 minutes per game.
There's No Place Like Home
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (55.5 ppg at home; 54.2 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 47.8 ppg allowed in four home games and 58.6 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .399 field goal percentage compared to .366 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage is practically even (23.6% home; 23.4% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +6.8 margin compared to +3.6 on the road.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and came off the bench three consecutive games before returning to the starting lineup Dec. 9 vs. Central Connecticut State. She is averaging 7.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 23.2 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team in field goal percentage at 58.5% and blocks (seven), and she is fourth in scoring as well as third in rebounding.
Kilpatrick has tallied career highs in rebounds each of the last two games with 10 against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9) followed by 11 in 25 minutes of action vs. Wagner College (Dec. 17).
Earlier this month, she scored a career-high 16 points against Dartmouth College (Dec. 5). 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 include eight points at Yale (Nov. 14) and 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 10 games and was in the starting lineup in consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined). Most recently against Wagner College (Dec. 17), she matched her career highs in both points (eight) and steals (three) and also recorded a season-high four assists.
Gaston helped secure the Wildcats' victory against Cornell with two defensive rebounds in the last 15 seconds of the game. Against Dartmouth College (Dec. 5), she 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 Sarah-Marie Frankenberger will miss the entire 2012-13 season due to injury.
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 1.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 6.4 minutes per game (eight 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 started six consecutive games (Nov. 20 to Dec. 5), is averaging 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 23.1 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.
Belanger netted nine points in 19 minutes against Dartmouth (Dec. 5) and then recorded a career-high three steals vs. CCSU (Dec. 9).
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 seven gmes. She is averaging 4.3 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 Vikings
Cleveland State University enters Saturday's game with a 6-4 overall record that includes 4-0 at home. The Vikings were 67-55 victors vs. Ole Miss at home on Dec. 18 to extend their winning streak to five games; CSU had lost four straight prior to the win streak.
Shalonda Winton, who was named to the Horizon League Preseason All-Conference First Team, is the team leader in scoring (22.7 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg), assists (47), steals (27) and blocks (12). Winton is shooting 41.4% from the floor, including 28.8% (15 of 52) from 3-point range; she has made nearly half (72 of 151) of the team's free throws.
Cori Coleman (13.3 ppg) and Kiersten Green (10.0) are both averaging double digits in scoring and rank 2-3 in assists with 22 and 21, respectively; Coleman leads the team in 3-pointers (21). Imani Gordon is the second-leading rebounder (6.4 rpg).
The CSU vs. opponent comparison shows almost even numbers across the board: scoring (68.7 - 66.4); rebounds (36.8 - 37.4); turnovers (183 - 176); and steals (92 - 98).
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Travels To Battle Cleveland State (Dec. 22)
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