Game Notes: Women's Basketball Opens Conference Play at Vermont (Jan. 2)
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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team plays its America East conference opener Wednesday night, Jan. 2, at the University of Vermont, which will also be opening league play in that game. Opening tip for the battle of the 'Cats at Patrick Gymnasium is 7 p.m.
UNH has a 31-39 overall record, including last year's season-series sweep, against Vermont. UVM has dominated the series in recent years, however; the Catamounts won 11 consecutive meetings spanning the 2005-06 through 2009-10 seasons and have a 12-3 record the past 15 meetings.
The Wildcats have a 10-25 road record vs. UVM. Prior to last year's 69-62 overtime win Jan. 14 at Patrick Gymnasium, UNH had not won in Burlington since Dec. 5, 1998 (68-60). In between, Vermont won 13 consecutive home games.
New Hampshire is looking to accomplish something it hasn't done since the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons – win consecutive road games against Vermont [Feb. 8, 1989 (71-64) and Feb. 17, 1990 (59-52)]. Also of note, UNH has not won three straight in the battle of the 'Cats since the 1998-99 through 1999-2000 seasons.
In the most recent meeting (Feb. 11, 2012), UNH prevailed 58-48 at Lundholm Gym as the Wildcats shot 45.1% from the floor and made six 3-pointers in comparison to the Catamounts' 28.3% field goal percentage. UVM led 8-7 just over five minutes into the game, but New Hampshire went on an 8-0 run the next three minutes to take a lead the Blue and White would not relinquish. UNH led by as many as 17 points (36-19) in the first half and took a 38-24 advantage into halftime. The Wildcats led 53-33 at 6:52 of the second half and were in front by 17 points (55-38) with four minutes remaining. UVM closed the game on an 8-0 run the last three minutes to close within 10 points.
Earlier in the season (Jan. 14, 2012), UNH was a 69-63 overtime victor at Patrick Gymnasium. Morgan Frame led three Wildcats in double-digit scoring with 16 points and also had 12 rebounds; Denise Beliveau netted 15, followed by Cari Reed with 13. Vermont led by eight points (17-9) midway through the first half, but UNH responded with a 12-2 spurt the next five minutes to take a 21-19 lead, and the Wildcats held a 27-26 halftime advantage. New Hampshire extended its lead to seven points (39-32) five minutes into the second half before the Catamounts chipped away and took a 50-49 lead at 2:24. Beliveau sent the game into overtime by making two foul shots to tie the score at 55 with seven seconds remaining in regulation. The Wildcats scored the initial 10 points of OT as the home team did not score again until 26 seconds remained in the extra session. UVM did close within three points, 66-63, with 10 seconds to play but Beliveau made two more foul shots – again with seven seconds on the clock – to secure the win.
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. Fans will invited to be part of the commemorative photo.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters the New Year with a 5-7 overall record following a 72-61 loss at Colgate University last Saturday (Dec. 29). UNH went 2-5 in December as the Wildcats closed the month with back-to-back losses.
UNH has a 2-5 road record and has lost five consecutive road games since opening the season with road wins against Yale University and College of the Holy Cross.
The Wildcats are ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in both scoring defense (#70; 56.2 ppg allowed) and rebound margin (#87; +4.2).
This is the third consecutive year UNH opens America East conference play on the road. Last year the Wildcats lost 67-65 at UBMC (Jan. 2, 2012); one year earlier, the 'Cats were upended 62-56 in overtime at Albany (Jan. 4, 2011).
New Hampshire has lost three consecutive conference openers. In addition to the aforementioned road losses, UNH lost 55-53 to Vermont on Jan. 2, 2010. The Wildcats were 51-47 victors vs. Maine on Jan. 6, 2009.
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What Just Happened
Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded her first double-double of the season (and eighth of her two-year Wildcat career) with 17 points and 10 rebounds in UNH's 72-61 loss at Colgate University on Dec. 29.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick had a solid all-around game with 13 points (6 of 8 FGs), six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger tallied 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
UNH led 13-12 but the Raiders scored eight consecutive points and never relinquished the lead. The Wildcats trailed 30-27 at halftime and got as close as two points twice in the second half (39-37; 41-39).
After falling behind by as much as 12 points (60-48), New Hampshire pulled within 64-57 at 1:42 but Colgate made all eight free throws the rest of the way to secure its win.
Colgate scored 23 points off 15 UNH turnovers. In comparison, the Wildcats netted four points off 10 'Gate turnovers.
What Happens Next
The Wildcats play the 1,000th game in program history Jan. 5 at home against Stony Brook University. Game time at Lundholm Gym is 4 p.m. and fans are invited to be part of a commemorative photo noting the milestone.
New Hampshire Notables
With head coach Maureen Magarity back in New Hampshire, associate head coach Mike Roux assumed the duties of head coach during the road trips to Cleveland State and Colgate.
UNH eclipsed 60 points for the third time this season in the 72-61 loss at Colgate University on Dec. 29. The 72 points marked the highest total allowed by the Wildcats this season.
UNH's 46.9% field goal percentage at Colgate marked the third highest of the season for the 'Cats. New Hampshire made 21 of 36 (58.3%) two-point FG attempts.
UNH attempted just one free throw Dec. 22 at Cleveland State. 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. New Hampshire had not attempted as few as one FT In a game since going 0-for-1 from the foul line in a 55-42 loss vs. Fairfield University on Dec. 10, 1986; Kris Kinney was the 'Cat who missed that lone free throw attempt.
The 13 turnovers at Cleveland State was the team's second-lowest total of the season.
UNH recorded 18 offensive rebounds – and scored eight second-chance points – at Cleveland State.
The 'Cats recorded a season-high five blocks – four by Cari Reed – in the Dec. 22 road game against the Vikings.
New Hampshire netted 18 first-half points at CSU to tie the halftime low established Dec. 2 at Brown University and matched again Dec. 9 vs. Central Connecticut State University.
UNH recorded season highs in points (77), rebounds (46), 3-pointers (7) and free throws both made (22) and attempted (34) against Wagner (Dec. 17).
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 season-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 Dartmouth College (Dec. 5) and season-high 27 turnovers vs. CCSU (Dec. 9).
Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded her first double-double of the season (eighth in her two years as a Wildcat) with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Colgate University on Dec. 29; both totals were team highs, the 10 rebounds marked a personal season high and the 17 points matched a season high. She shot 8x12 from the floor in 32 minutes.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick made 6 of 8 FGs for 13 points at Colgate. She also tallied six rebounds, two blocks and a career-high four assists in 32 minutes.
Senior guard Cari Reed led UNH in points (12), rebounds (10), assists (four) and blocks (4) at Cleveland State on Saturday, Dec. 22. It marked her third double-double of the season, a career high in blocks and season high in assists.
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.
One current 'Cat is already in the Top 10 on UNH's career leaderboard for 3-point field goals made and another is approaching 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 144. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 12th at 94. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 242.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 6-11 record on Jan. 2 and that includes a 2-6 road ledger. Most recently, the 'Cats were edged 67-65 at UMBC in 2012.
Through games of Dec. 31, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in offense (54.5 ppg) and fourth in defense (56.2 ppg). The Wildcats rank fifth in field goal percentage (.388) and third in both free throw percentage (.673) and rebounding margin (+4.2).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.5 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (7.1 rpg) – she is the only player among the Top 7 in both stats. Reed is also fourth in minutes (34.7 per game) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.333).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the America East conference in field goal percentage at 59.4% while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is third in assists (3.9 per game). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb the rebounds list and is seventh at 6.3 rpg; she leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.5 per game).
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. 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 12 games this season, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) as well as field goals made (54) and attempted (131), 3-point field goals made (23) and attempted (69) and minutes (34.7 mpg). She is second in assists (21) and free throws made (19) and attempted (24).
Reed recorded her third double-double of the season (fourth career double-double) Dec. 22 at Cleveland State with 12 points and 10 rebounds – both were team highs. She also tallied a personal-best four blocks and matched her season high of four assists.
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 seven times, and the top rebounder six 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).
In her "homecoming game" Dec. 29 at Colgate University, Reed tallied nine points, three rebounds and one block in 40 minutes.
Hitting the Boards
UNH has outrebounded the opponent in 9 of 12 games this season. Most recently, UNH recorded the slimmest of margins (36-35) at Colgate University on Dec. 29. One week earlier, the Wildcats pounded the offensive glass for 18 rebounds and finished with a 40-32 rebounding advantage at Cleveland State on Dec. 22.
New Hampshire recorded its largest rebound total (46) and margin (+19) of 2012-13 against Wagner College on Dec. 17.
The 'Cats recorded the rebound advantage each of their 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.
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 12 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (24) and attempted (37). She ranks second in scoring (10.3 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg), steals (12), field goals made (50) and FG attempted (122).
Most recently, Frame recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds – both season highs – to record her first double-double of the season (and eighth of her two-year UNH Wildcat career). She was efficient from the floor by making 8 of 12 field goal attempts.
Frame led the team in scoring consecutive games with 11 vs. Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9) and 14 vs. Wagner (Dec. 17) – 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.
Get Outta Here
New Hampshire tallied a season-high five blocks Dec. 22 at Cleveland State and followed that with three blocks Dec. 29 at Colgate University.
The Wildcats 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 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 12 games, New Hampshire has a 23-18 edge in blocked shots.
Captain of the 'Cats
Junior guard Kelsey Hogan is co-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 multiple 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 12 games this season, Hogan, who missed two games (Nov. 25 & 28), leads the team in assists (39; 3.9 apg) and is third in scoring (7.9 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.6 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (eight) minutes per game (32.8).
Hogan had a decent shooting day (4-for-7 FGs, including 2 of 4 3-pointers) for 10 points at Cleveland State University on Dec. 22; she also tallied four assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes.
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 5.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.4 apg.
New Hampshire went 1-for-1 at the foul line Dec. 22 at Cleveland State; in comparison, the Vikings made 12 of 16 free throws. 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. New Hampshire had not attempted as few as one FT In a game since going 0-for-1 from the foul line in a 55-42 loss vs. Fairfield University on Dec. 10, 1986; Kris Kinney was the 'Cat who missed that lone free throw attempt.
The Wildcats attempted just two free throws (and made both) in the 50-43 loss at Brown (Dec. 2), and 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) Dec. 17 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 nine times – including each of the past seven games, scored a season-high 11 points Dec. 17 against Wagner College. She made 4 of 9 field goal attempts and that included 2-for-6 from 3-point range.
When she was reinserted 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 third with that total of four.
Wells is averaging 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 27.2 minutes per game. She played 35 minutes – one less than her season high – Dec. 22 at Cleveland State University; one week later, she played only 15 minutes at Colgate on Dec. 29.
UNH is averaging 54.5 points per game and has eclipsed 60 points three times in 12 games – a 68-65 win at Holy Cross on Nov. 17 (the second game of the season); 77 points Dec. 17 vs. Wagner; most recently, 61 at Colgate (Dec. 29).
The Wildcats scored less than 45 points twice in December 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%, respectively, 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 through 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.
In its last two games, UNH is a combined 6-for-33 (18.2%) from 3-point range. The Wildcats were 4 of 20 at Cleveland State and 2-for-13 at Colgate.
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 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game (eight games played).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has been on the court for 8 of 12 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 23.9 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and America East conference – in field goal percentage at 59.4%; she ranks first in blocks (nine), third in rebounding and fourth in scoring.
Kilpatrick had a solid all-around game at Colgate University (Dec. 29) with 13 points (6x8 FGs), six rebounds, two blocks and a career-high four assists.
Kilpatrick tallied career highs in rebounds in consecutive games with 10 against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9) followed by 11 in 25 minutes of action vs. Wagner College (Dec. 17).
Earlier in December, 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.
There's No Place Like Home
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (55.5 ppg at home; 54.1 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 47.8 ppg allowed in four home games and 60.4 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .395 field goal percentage compared to .366 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage is slightly better at home (23.6% home; 21.8% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +6.8 margin compared to +3.8 on the road.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 12 games and was in the starting lineup in consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined). 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 (Nov. 25) 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 forward Stephanie Spoto scored two points each of the initial four games of the season before matching her freshman-season high of four points Nov. 28 at Harvard. She went scoreless, however, in both games at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic – she attempted 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 1.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 10.0 minutes per game.
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) and seven overall, is averaging 6.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 24.0 minutes per game.
This past Saturday at Colgate, Belanger matched her career high of 11 points; she also tallied seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in 28 minutes. One week earlier at Cleveland State University, she recorded seven points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 29 minutes.
In her second career start, Belanger recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Cornell University (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 eight games. She is averaging 3.9 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 & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 16 at Albany ESPN3
Jan. 19 Boston U. WBIN & 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 Catamounts
The University of Vermont (Burlington) enters Wednesday night's game with a 3-10 overall record following a 56-55 loss at Canisius on Dec. 29.The Catamounts went winless (0-5) in December – the last four games were on the road. Vermont's most recent win was Nov. 30 vs. Houston Baptist, 59-48 at home.
UVM has a 3-1 record at Patrick Gymnasium but has not played a home game since Dec. 1 (66-49 loss to Drexel University).
Vermont is ranked seventh in America East in offense (52.7 ppg) and defense (65.2 ppg) as well as field goal percentage (.340); the Catamounts are last in FG% defense (.417).
Niki Taylor (7.6 ppg), Tierra Shumpert (7.5) and Lauren Buschmann (7.5) are the top scorers. Buschmann, who leads the team in steals (17), is the only Catamount who has started all 13 games. Taylor ranks second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and Shumpert is the top 3-point threat (15-63; 23.8%) as well as the assist leader (35).
Shanai Heber, a 2012 America East All-Defensive Team selection, has missed each of the last eight games. In the opening five games, she averaged 6.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals in 31.0 minutes per game.
During the current five-game losing streak, UVM is averaging 43.6 ppg while yielding 70.4 ppg.
UNH and UVM played three common non-conference opponents – Boston College, Brown University and Central Connecticut State University. Here is a game-by-game breakdown:
BC 11/20 64-59 L (away) 12/20 80-43 L (away)
Brown 12/02 50-43 L (away) 11/17 66-56 W (home)
CCSU 12/09 43-32 L (home) 12/05 67-41 L (away)