January 18, 2013

Game Notes: Women's Basketball Opens Jan. 19 Doubleheader vs. Boston U.

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Jan. 19 as the first game of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader against Boston University at Lundholm Gym. Action begins at 2 p.m.
    There is one admission for the doubleheader, and fans who show their men's ice hockey ticket for the Saturday, Jan. 19 game (vs. Providence College) get free admission to the basketball games.
    Both basketball games will be televised on the Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466 and Over the Air 50.2) and FOX College Sports Atlantic.
    UNH has a 29-37 lifetime record against Boston University, which swept last year's two-game series to extend its winning streak vs. the Wildcats to 10 games. New Hampshire has not defeated the Terriers since Feb. 24, 2007, when the 'Cats prevailed  71-66 at Lundholm Gym. Since then, BU has won five straight meetings in Durham.
    In the most recent meeting (Feb. 15, 2012), BU won 63-52 at Lundholm Gym. The Terriers built an early 7-2 lead and led most of the first half before UNH surged ahead by two points and the teams entered halftime tied at 23. The teams exchanged scores in the opening minutes of the second half before BU went on an 8-0 run to take a 36-28 lead at 14:52. UNH closed within three points, 36-33, before the Terriers reestablished an eight-point lead of 42-34. The visitors extended the advantage to double digits, 54-43, at 3:43 and made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to fend off the 'Cats for a 63-52 win.
    In last year's other game (Jan. 19, 2012), BU prevailed 79-39 at Case Gym. Boston University scored the initial eight points of the game and held a 21-12 lead when they went on a 9-0 spurt to open up a 30-12 advantage en route to a 38-18 halftime lead; the Terriers pulled away further in the second half.

The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire enters the weekend with a 6-10 overall record following Wednesday's 78-43 loss at University at Albany. The Wildcats are 1-3 in America East and 4-2 at home (1-1 in home conference games).
    The Wildcats entered the week (through Jan. 13) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#66; 56.5 ppg allowed) and is currently #83 (57.8 ppg).
    With head coach Maureen Magarity on maternity leave (since Dec. 22, 2012), UNH is 1-5. Associate head coach Mike Roux has filled in as head coach during Magarity's absence.
    UNH has lost seven consecutive road games since opening the season with back-to-back victories at Yale University (57-51) and College of the Holy Cross (68-65).
    The Jan. 5 game at Lundholm Gym – a 48-44 loss to Stony Brook – marked the 1,000th game in UNH women's basketball program history. The Wildcats' overall record stood at 506-494 following that game (37+ seasons of varsity basketball).

Framed by America East
    Senior forward Morgan Frame was honored as the America East Player of the Week on Monday (Jan. 14). Frame led UNH to its first conference victory of the season – a 63-62 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 9 – with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) to record her second double-double of the year. Frame shot 72.7% (8-for-11) from the floor in the game and was also credited with two assists to garner the team's America East Player of the Game recognition.
    She scored five of the team's initial 11 points as the Wildcats built their largest lead of the first half at 11-6. Frame entered halftime with 13 points (5 of 8 field goals; 3 of 4 free throws). In the second half, Frame scored one point and pulled down five rebounds during UNH's 10-2 run spanning nearly eight minutes that transformed a 52-47 deficit into a 57-54 lead the 'Cats would not relinquish. In 18 second-half minutes, Frame recorded seven points (3-3 FGs), seven rebounds and two assists.

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What Just Happened
    Cari Reed recorded team highs in points (11), rebounds (six) and blocks (three) in UNH's 78-43 loss at the University at Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at SEFCU Arena.
    The Great Danes opened the game with a 7-0 run. UNH twice pulled within two points (7-5 and 10-8), but UA responded with a 13-4 spurt to build a double-digit lead, 23-12, midway through the first half.  The home team led by as many as 25 points (41-16) and took a 42-20 lead into halftime. The Wildcats scored 14 of their 23 second-half points from the foul line.
    UNH went 21-for-28 from the foul line to mark the second-highest total of FTs made this season, and the Wildcats blocked five shots to match their second-highest mark.
    The 'Cats made 10 of 41 field goals to mark its second-lowest percentage (24.4%) of the season. The 43 points tied for the second-lowest output in 2012-13. The Wildcats, who recorded the rebound advantage in 11 of 15 previous games, were outrebounded 45-25 at Albany.

What Happens Next
    New Hampshire is in the midst of three consecutive games against teams that were picked among the top three in the America East preseason poll. The stretch concludes Jan. 23 at Hartford.

New Hampshire Notables
    UNH shot a season-high 50.0% from the floor in the 63-62 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 9. The Wildcats also committed a season-low nine turnovers.
    That win vs. UMBC marked just the second time in eight games that the Wildcats overcame a halftime deficit to win; the first time it happened was Nov. 17 at Holy Cross (trailed 32-29; won 68-65).
    The team's 13 assists Jan. 9 vs. UMBC matched the second-highest total of the season previously established Dec. 1 vs. Quinnipiac University at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic.
    The Wildcats shot 84.6% from the foul line vs. Stony Brook (Saturday, Jan. 5) by making 11 of 13 free throw attempts. It marked the team's highest FT% in a game (minimum five attempts) this season.
    New Hampshire shot 26.8% from the floor against Stony Brook. It marked the team's second-lowest field goal percentage of the season.
    In the past six games, UNH has blocked 25 shots for an average of 4.2 per game. Through 10 games, the Wildcats averaged 1.5 blocks per game. The opposition has not recorded a blocked shot three of the past five games.
    New Hampshire recorded a season-high six blocks at Vermont (Jan. 2). Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a season-high three, which also matched her career high. Ariel Gaston had a personal-best two blocks and Elizabeth Belanger was also credited with a swat.
    UNH eclipsed 60 points consecutive games with 61 points at Colgate (Dec. 29) and 60 points – in overtime – at Vermont (Jan. 2). The Wildcats scored 60+ points just twice in the first 11 games of the season.

'Cat Clips
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick made all six free throw attempts at Albany (Jan. 16) to match her career high of six FTs in a game. Kilpatrick also equaled her personal best of two steals in that game.
    Senior guard Jilliane Friel played a season-high 28 minutes at Albany (Jan. 16). In her previous seven appearances (spanning 10 UNH games), Friel played a total of 27 minutes; the high during that span was seven minutes against Wagner College.
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto tallied a career-high three steals at Albany (Jan. 16). She matched her season high of 20 minutes established Dec. 5 vs. Dartmouth College.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame recorded her second double-double of the season (ninth career) with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) Jan. 9 against UMBC. She made 8 of 11 field goals and went 4-for-6 from the foul line. The 12 rebounds matched her career high previously accomplished three times.
    Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger recorded a career-high four assists Jan. 9 vs. the UMBC Retrievers. One came on the game-changing play of the game as she stole the ball and set up a transition basket (by Cari Reed) that gave UNH a 55-54 lead with 3:13 remaining; the Wildcats held the lead the rest of the way.

Milestone Watch
    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. 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 149. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 11th at 96. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 248.

This Date In History
    In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 4-6 record, including 2-0 at home, on Jan. 19. Most recently, the 'Cats were defeated 79-39 at Boston University one year ago. The last time New Hampshire tipped off at home on Jan. 19 was in 1991, when the Wildcats were 79-49 victors against Northeastern University.

Conference Call
    Through games of Jan. 18, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in offense (54.0 ppg) and defense (57.8 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.707), rank fifth in field goal percentage (.381) and FG% defense (.389) as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+1.8).
    On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.7 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.4 rpg) – she is the only conference player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in minutes (34.9 per game) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.329).
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage at 51.6% and ninth in blocks while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is fourth in assists (3.5 per game) and sixth in minutes (33.2 mpg). In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb the rebounds list and is seventh at 6.8 rpg; she leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.3 per game) and is 12th in scoring (10.2 ppg) as well as eighth in free throw percentage (.660).

Clutch Performer
    Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. Against UMBC on Jan. 9, Reed went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the last 16 seconds to extend New Hampshire's lead from 58-56 to 62-56 and help secure a 63-62 victory.
    In the season 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 in the next game 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 16 games, Reed leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) as well as field goals made (69) and attempted (164), 3-point field goals made (27) and attempted (82) and minutes (35.1 mpg). She is second in assists (24) and both free throws made (27) and attempted (32).
    In four America East conference games, her numbers are 13.3 ppg,  8.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.3 blocks per game in 35.5 mpg.
    Reed has been the team's top scorer nine times, and the top rebounder nine times. She has six double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has five double-digit rebound games. Reed also has four of the team's seven double-doubles on the season.
    Reed recorded her fourth double-double of the season (fifth career) with team highs in both points (20) and rebounds (10) at Vermont on Jan. 2. She netted 15 first-half points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and a pair of free throws.
    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).
    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.
    Reed's third double-double was 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.
    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
    New Hampshire has outrebounded the opponent in 11 of 16 games this season, but the University at Albany tallied a 45-25 advantage this past Wednesday.
    The Wildcats recently recorded a 39-38 edge against Stony Brook, which entered that Jan. 5 game with a +6.8 rebounding advantage. One game earlier, UNH allowed 19 offensive rebounds to Vermont (Jan. 2) and the Catamounts recorded a 37-34 overall advantage.
    The Wildcats recorded the slimmest of margins (36-35) at Colgate University on Dec. 29 and one week earlier they 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.

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 16 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (35) and attempted (53). She ranks second in scoring (10.2 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), field goals made (64) and FG attempted (153); she is third in minutes (26.8 per game) and fourth in steals (13).
    In four America East conference games, Frame is averaging 9.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.0 apg in 29.5 mpg.
    Frame propelled UNH to a 63-62 victory against UMBC (Jan. 9 at Lundholm Gym) with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) to record her second double-double of the season and ninth of her Wildcat career. Frame was highly efficient from the floor (8 of 11) and the 12 rebounds matched her personal best. During UNH's decisive 10-2 spurt late in the second half, Frame scored one point and pulled down five rebounds.
    Frame finished with 10 points and six rebounds at Vermont (63-60 overtime loss). She gave UNH a chance to win the game in the closing minute of regulation on a game-tying field goal with 38 seconds remaining and defensive rebound with 22 seconds to play.
    Frame recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds – both season highs at the time – at Colgate to record her first double-double of the season. 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.

Block Party
    New Hampshire has recorded 25 blocks the past six games – in comparison, the Wildcats had three blocks just once in the opening 10 games of the season. This past Wednesday, the 'Cats swatted away five Albany Great Danes' shots as Cari Reed returned three shots back to the sender.
    UNH rejected a season-high six shots Jan. 2 at Vermont. Prior to that, the Wildcats registered three blocks at Colgate University (Dec. 29) and swatted five shots at Cleveland State (Dec. 22). In the most recent games, the 'Cats blocked four Stony Brook shots (Jan. 5) and tallied two blocks vs. UMBC (Jan. 9).
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 13 blocked shots. She matched her career high of three at UVM (Jan. 2).
    Through 16 games, New Hampshire has a 40-24 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 16 games this season, Hogan, who has missed three games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16), leads the team in assists (45; 3.5 apg) and is third in scoring (8.2 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg). She is also second in both 3-pointers made (10) minutes per game (33.2).
    Hogan scored a team-high 12 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 5); she also had a team-best three assists before fouling out with 16 seconds remaining.
    Earlier that week, Hogan made 4 of 6 FGs, including her only 3-point attempt, and went 3-for-4 from the foul line to finish with 12 points at Vermont (Jan. 2). She also tallied four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 43 minutes.
    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 is 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 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.2 apg in 10 games.

Home & Road Splits
    UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (54.8 ppg at home; 53.6 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.2 ppg allowed in six home games and 62.7 ppg allowed on the road.
    The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .385 field goal percentage compared to .369 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage is slightly lower at home (21.9% home; 22.5% away).
    UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.8 margin compared to +0.4 on the road.

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 10 times – including eight consecutive games spanning Dec. 1 to Jan. 2 – 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 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 26.2 minutes per game. In four America East conference games (one start), her numbers are 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.5 apg and 23.3 mpg.

Kaylee Killa
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has been on the court for 12 of 16 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.3 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 51.6%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (13), third in rebounding and fourth in scoring.
    Kilpatrick equaled her personal best of three blocks Jan. 2 at Vermont and she led the team in assists with three. It marked the second consecutive game Kilpatrick led the 'Cats in assists – she tallied a career-high four at Colgate University (Dec. 29).
    She also led the team in assists (two) in the most recent game at Albany (Jan. 16) and matched a personal best of six free throws that game by going 6-for-6 at the foul line.
    Kilpatrick had a solid all-around game at Colgate with 13 points (6x8 FGs), six rebounds, two blocks and the aforementioned 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 three assists in that game vs. HC.

On Second Thought
    Cari Reed has two of the team's 20+ point efforts this season – both on the second day of a month, and both on the road. She netted a season-high 21 points Dec. 2 at Brown University and scored 20 at Vermont (Jan. 2).
    Looking ahead, the Wildcats play at Stony Brook on Feb. 2 and close the regular season March 2 at Maine.

Wagner Win Full of Season Highs
    New Hampshire recorded season highs in points (77), rebounds (46), 3-pointers (seven) and free throws both made (22) and attempted (34) against Wagner College on Dec. 17.
    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 is 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.

Taking Point
    Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 16 games and has started five games, including each of the past three; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
    Gaston tallied seven points – one less than her season high – as well as three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes Dec. 9 against the UMBC Retrievers. She had an efficient shooting game by making 3 of 4 field goals, including all three 2-point attempts.
    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 (Quinnipiac, Brown).

Forward Reserve
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto recorded a career-high three steals this past Wednesday at Albany. She also tallied four points (2-3 FGs) and three rebounds in a season-high 20 minutes off the bench against the Great Danes; Spoto also played 20 minutes Dec. 5 vs. Dartmouth College.
    She is averaging 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 10.2 minutes per game (16 games played).
    Spoto scored 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 was credited with two steals vs. Dartmouth. 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).
    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.

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.
    Most recently (Jan. 16) at Albany, Martenet scored two points (2-2 FTs) and pulled down one rebound in 10 minutes. She is averaging 1.1 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 6.3 minutes per game (10 games played); Martenet was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2).
    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 eight overall, is averaging 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 24.9 minutes per game (16 games played).
    She filled the stat sheet with eight points, two rebounds, career-high four assists, one steal and one block in the 63-62 win against UMBC on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Belanger made a game-changing play in that game with a steal and layup on the subsequent fastbreak that gave UNH a 55-54 lead with 3:13 remaining in the game; the 'Cats never relinquished that lead.
    Belanger has matched her personal best of 11 points two of the last five games against Colgate (Dec. 29) and Stony Brook (Jan. 5); the game vs. Stony Brook marked her first with multiple 3-pointers (2-for-4); at Colgate, 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 career-high 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 has not played each of the last five games. She is averaging 3.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.

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 was once again thrust into the role of point guard Jan. 16 at Albany and played a season-high 28 minutes (she had played a total of 27 minutes in her previous seven appearances spanning 10 UNH games). She finished that game with three points – all on free throws –, two rebounds, one assist and one block.
    Friel is averaging 1.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per game (10 games played).

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
   WZEI-FM 101.5 – Concord
    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 Terriers
    Boston University has a 15-3 overall record with a 5-0 mark in America East and 7-2 road record – 3-0 in conference road games. The Terriers enter Saturday's game on a 12-game winning streak following Wednesday night's 85-54 victory at Maine. BU's most recent loss was Nov. 24 at Michigan (67-58).
    BU is ranked second in the America East conference in both offense (63.6 ppg) and defense (51.6 ppg) as well as both field goal percentage (.403) and FG% defense (.342); the Terriers are the best in the league defending the 3-pointer (26.2%) and blocked shots (5.3 per game), and are second in 3-point percentage (36.8%) and assists (14.7 per game).
    Chantell Alford, the America East Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg), 3-pointers (54-125, 43.2%),  steals (39), is second in assists (45) and third in both rebounding (5.6 rpg) and blocks (16).
    Rashidat Agboola is second in scoring (11.4 ppg) and is averaging a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game. Agboola also leads the Terriers in both free throws made (37) and attempted (74), and is tied with Whitney Turner for the team lead in blocks (30).
    Mo Moran is the conference leader in assists (6.4 apg) and minutes (36.6 per game); she ranks third on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and is also a 3-point threat (24-62; 38.7%).
    Danielle Callahan (8.3 ppg) and Kristen Sims (8.0) are two other 3-point threats. Callahan is 31-for-86 (36.0%) from beyond the arc and Sims is 32 of 96 (33.3%).

Common Ground
    UNH and Boston University have played four common opponents this season. UNH lost to all four teams while BU defeated all four.
                         UNH                          BU
Boston College    L 64-59 (11/20)         W 52-46 (11/19)
Harvard              L 63-44 (11/28)         W 68-61 ot (12/10)
Stony Brook        L 48-44 (01/05)         W 72-61 (01/02)
Vermont             L 63-60 ot (01/02)     W 58-30 (01/09)

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