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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the University of Hartford. Tipoff at Chase Family Arena is 7 p.m. and the game is televised on CPTV and CPTV Sports.
UNH has a 27-30 lifetime record, including last year's season split in which both teams won at home, against Hartford. The Wildcats have an 11-19 road record in this series and have lost 11 consecutive road games vs. the Hawks since a 56-53 victory Feb. 12, 2003.
New Hampshire dominated the series in the early years by winning 9 of 10 and 17 of 21 spanning the 1986 through 1995 seasons. Harford has won 19 of the last 20 meetings, however, and that included a stretch of 18 consecutive victories spanning the 2004 through 2011 seasons.
The Wildcats snapped the streak with a 64-45 victory at Lundholm Gym last January (Jan. 5, 2012), then the Hawks were 64-46 winners Feb. 1 at Chase Family Arena.
In the 19-point home win, UNH shot 44.4% from the floor, including 57.1% (8-14) from 3-point range, while holding Hartford to 34.6% [14.3% (1-7) on 3-pointers]. The Wildcats led wire-to-wire after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the game. The 'Cats extended the lead to double digits, 19-8, midway through the first half and led by as many as 13 points before taking a 34-26 advantage into halftime. UNH once again extended the lead to 13 points multiple times in the opening minutes of the second half, but Hartford trimmed the deficit to single digits, 49-40, midway through the stanza. New Hampshire scored five consecutive points to extend a nine-point lead into a 57-43 edge with 4:00 on the clock. UNH held the Hawks scoreless the last 2:45 of the game to pull away for the 64-45 win.
Hartford didn't shoot better from the floor (33.9%) in its 64-46 home victory, but did improve from 3-point range at 6-for-18 (33.3%). UNH's field goal percentage dipped to 31.0% and 30.0% (3-10) on 3-pointers. The Wildcats held a 7-5 lead midway through the first half and the Hawks led by as many as six points (17-11) to take a 20-16 lead into the half. UNH closed within a point (twice) in the opening minute of the second half, but the home team slowly pulled away to build a double-digit advantage of 39-27 with 10 minutes remaining. The 'Cats clawed within 48-41 with 2:30 to play, but Hartford immediately responded with a 3-pointer and made 10 of 12 free throws in a 90-second span to keep the Wildcats at bay down the stretch.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire enters the week with a 6-11 overall record following last Saturday's 55-53 loss to Boston University at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats are 1-4 in America East and 4-3 at home (1-2 in home conference games).
The Wildcats entered the week (through Jan. 20) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#83; 57.6 ppg allowed).
With head coach Maureen Magarity on maternity leave (since Dec. 22, 2012), UNH is 1-6. 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).
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WHAT JUST HAPPENED
Cari Reed recorded game-highs in both points (22) and rebounds (13) and UNH closed the final 3:30 of the game on a 15-1 run, but Boston University withstood that late charge to win 55-53 at Lundholm Gym on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Wildcats trailed 54-38 with 3:21 remaining, but just 17 seconds later Reed ignited a 14-0 run with a 3-pointer. Ariel Gaston's layup and Jilliane Friel's 3-pointer lifted the 'Cats within 54-46 at 1:36. Morgan Frame made one free throw and then a layup to trim the deficit to 54-49 with 36 seconds remaining.
Reed's season-high sixth 3-pointer of the game pulled UNH within 54-53 with 21 seconds to play. Frame was fouled with four seconds remaining and made the second of two foul shots. BU's Danielle Callahan then hit a free throw and missed the second, but the Terriers grabbed the offensive rebound to secure the victory.
Reed's point and rebound totals were season highs by any Wildcat this season, and the 13 rebounds marked a career high. She became the third player in program history to make 150 career 3-pointers with the first of her six 3-pointers.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
New Hampshire hits the road again for a Saturday, Jan. 26 game against Binghamton University. The game, which will be televised on Time Warner Cable and is the first of a UNH vs. Binghamton doubleheader at the Events Center, tips off at 4:30 p.m.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NOTABLES
New Hampshire made a season-high eight 3-pointers against Boston University at Lundholm Gym on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Wildcats also shot a season-best 44.4% (8-18) from 3-point range in that game vs. the Terriers.
UNH's 13 assists Jan. 19 vs. BU matched the second-highest total of the season established Dec. 1 vs. Quinnipiac University at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic and duplicated Jan. 9 vs. UMBC.
Both the 21 free throws made and 28 FTs attempted Jan. 16 at Albany are the second-highest totals of the season for the 'Cats.
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 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.
Senior forward Carissa Reed became the third player in program history to make 150 career 3-pointers with the first of her season-high six 3-pointers Jan. 19 vs. Boston University at Lundholm Gym.
Reed recorded her fifth double-double of the season (sixth career) with season highs in both points (22) and rebounds (13) at BU.
Sophomore guard Ariel Gaston matched her personal best of five assists vs. Boston U.
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.
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 and reached the 150 milestone Jan. 19 vs. BU. Reed is currently No. 3 at 155. 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 an 8-4 record, including 2-3 on the road, on Jan. 23. That also includes three meetings against this year's opponent, Hartford, and the 'Cats were victorious in 1988, 1992 and 2002 (all at home).
Through games of Jan. 18, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in offense (53.9 ppg) and defense (57.6 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.702), rank fifth in field goal percentage (.383) and FG% defense (.388) as well as fourth in rebounding margin (+1.7).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (13.2 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.8 rpg) – she is the only conference player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in minutes (35.2 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (34) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.358).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage at 51.5% and eighth in blocks while junior guard Kelsey Hogan is fifth 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 (3.2 per game) and is 11th in scoring (10.5 ppg) as well as eighth in free throw percentage (.649).
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 17 games, Reed leads the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) as well as field goals made (81) and attempted (188), 3-point field goals made (34) and attempted (95) and minutes (35.2 mpg). She is third in assists (27) as well as second in blocks (11) and both free throws made (29) and attempted (34).
In five America East conference games, her numbers are 15.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.2 blocks per game in 36.4 mpg.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 10 times, and the top rebounder 10 times. She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has five double-digit rebound games. Reed also has five of the team's eight double-doubles on the season.
In the most recent game vs. Boston University, Reed recorded her 150th career 3-pointer and fifth double-double of the season (sixth career) with a season-high 22 points and career-high 13 rebounds. Her 3-pointers started and ended a 14-0 spurt near game's end that trimmed a 16-point deficit to two, 54-52.
One week ago (Jan. 16) at Albany, Reed led the team in points (11), rebounds (six) and blocks (three).
Reed's fourth double-double of the season was Jan. 2 at Vermont with team highs in both points (20) and rebounds (10). 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 17 games this season and the total has been equal twice, including last Saturday's game vs. BU when both teams grabbed 36 boards.
The Wildcats 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.
Albany tallied a 45-25 rebound advantage Jan. 16 to mark the highest total by an opponent and the largest edge by the opposition.
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 17 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (37) and attempted (57). She ranks second in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), field goals made (71) and FG attempted (166); she is third in minutes (27.0 per game) and fourth in steals (13).
In five America East conference games, Frame is averaging 11.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.2 apg in 29.8 mpg.
This past Saturday (Jan. 19) against BU at Lundholm Gym, Frame was instrumental in sparking UNH's late comeback effort in which the Wildcats closed the game on a 15-1 run. She tallied four points, two rebounds and an assist during that spurt; her defensive rebounds, assist and layup helped ignite the rally.
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.
New Hampshire has recorded 27 blocks the past seven games (3.9 blocks per game) – in comparison, the Wildcats had three blocks just once in the opening 10 games of the season. Last Wednesday (Jan. 16), 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) – and Reed ranks second with 11.
Through 17 games, New Hampshire has a 42-26 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 17 games this season, Hogan, who has missed four games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16 & 19), 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 second in minutes per game (33.2) and third in 3-point FGs (10-42).
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 (54.6 ppg at home; 53.6 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.9 ppg allowed in seven 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 .3766 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage, however, is higher at home (25.4% home; 22.5% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.1 margin compared to +0.4 on the road; part of that road margin is skewed due to Albany's 45-25 edge (Jan. 16).
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 11 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 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 26.3 minutes per game. In five America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.6 apg and 24.2 mpg.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started the initial five games and has been on the court for 13 of 17 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.5 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 51.5%; 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 Jan. 16 game at Albany 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 three of the team's four 20+ point efforts this season – two on the second day of a month, and both of those on the road. She netted 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.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 17 games and has started six games, including each of the past four; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
Gaston recorded a season-high five assists in the Jan. 19 home game against Boston University to match her caeer high. She played a season-high 35 minutes.
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 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).
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 saw just nine minutes of action off the bench Jan. 19 vs. BU, but was on the floor when the Wildcats closed the last 3:21 of the game on a 15-1 run (in a 55-53 loss). During that spurt, Friel grabbed two defensive rebounds when BU missed the front end of two 1-and-1s and she also hit a 3-pointer.
Friel is averaging 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game (11 games played).
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.
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 6.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 24.2 minutes per game (17 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 seen game action since Dec. 22 at Cleveland State. Duffey is averaging 3.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto recorded a career-high three steals last 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 1.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 10.5 minutes per game (17 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.
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 five 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. 23 at Hartfort CPTV & CPTV Sports
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 HAWKS
The University of Hartford enters Wednesday's game with a 12-7 overall record that includes 3-3 in America East and 7-3 at home (2-1 in home conference games). In the Hawks most recent game, they were defeated 55-48 in overtime at Albany on Jan. 19 to end a three-game winning streak.
Hartford ranks third in America East in offense (56.0 ppg) and fourth in both defense (55.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.389) as well as fifth in rebounding margin (-2.4) and second in steals (8.5 per game).
Nikkia Smith and Amber Bepko are tied for the team lead in scoring at 10.3 ppg. Smith also leads the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and free throws (44-53; 83.0%). Bepko ranks second in 3-pointers (20-56) with a team-high .357 shooting percentage and is averaging a team-high 28.8 minutes per game.
Daphne Elliott is atop the team leaderboard in 3-pointers at 23-for-88 (26.1%), as well as steals (34). Alyssa Englert leads Hartford in assists (64). Elliott and Englert are the two Hawks who have started all 19 games.
UNH and University of Hartford have played five common opponents this season. The Wildcats had a 2-3 mark while the Hawks went 3-2. Both teams beat Dartmouth and UMBC.
Dartmouth W 54-38 (12/05) W 67-52 (12/09)
Cent. Conn. St. L 43-32 (12/09) W 76-62 (11/16)
UMBC W 63-62 (01/09) W 51-44 (01/16)
Albany L 78-43 (01/16) L 55-48 ot (01/19)
Boston U. L 55-53 (01/19) L 45-39 (01/05)
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Hits the Road Against Hartford (Jan. 23)
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