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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Feb. 2 against Stony Brook University in a battle between teams tied for fifth in the America East standings. Game time at Pritchard Gymnasium is 2 p.m.
UNH has a 17-9 lifetime record, including this year's 48-44 home loss, against Stony Brook. The Wildcats are 6-5 on the road and have won two straight meetings, including a 63-46 victory last season (Feb. 18, 2012), at Pritchard Gymnasium. SBU ended a five-game losing streak to the 'Cats with the four-point win on Jan. 5, 2013.
In that game, Chikilra Goodman grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast to give Stony Brook a 47-44 lead with 40 seconds remaining. Goodman then grabbed another defensive rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws with 16 seconds to play to push the advantage to four points. The Seavolves' defensive effort kept the 'Cats at bay until Reed's layup with four seconds on the clock rolled off the rim. Goodman was once again in position for the rebound to secure the victory.
SBU won despite shooting 32% (9 of 29) from the foul line and not making a 3-pointer (0-for-4). The Seawolves shot 45.5% (20-44) from the floor while holding the Wildcats to 26.8% (15-56), including 14.3% (4-28) in the second half.
In UNH's 63-46 win at Stony Brook last February, Morgan Frame led all scorers with 18 points on 6 of 8 shooting from both the floor and foul line; she also had six rebounds. Cari Reed made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. SBU held its only lead of the game at 1-0; UNH scored the next seven points and the Seawolves never got closer than two points the rest of the way; the 'Cats led 27-21 at halftime and started the second half on a 10-0 run in the opening four minutes; the Seawolves got as close as nine points (41-32 & 43-34) midway through the half before UNH's lead ballooned to 20 points with just over four minutes remaining.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Saturday's game with an 8-12 overall record that includes 3-5 in America East and 3-8 on the road – 1-3 in conference road games. The Wildcats are on a two-game winning streak following Tuesday's 61-54 victory against the University of Maine at Lundholm Gym.
Seven of the eight games in January were decided by eight points or less. During that stretch, UNH lost by margins of two, three, four and seven points and won by one, seven and eight points.
The Wildcats entered the week (through Jan. 27) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#85; 57.6 ppg allowed).
UNH ended its streak of eight consecutive road losses with a 60-52 victory at Binghamton University on Jan. 26. The Wildcats had opened the season with back-to-back road wins against Yale University and College of the Holy Cross.
With head coach Maureen Magarity on maternity leave (since Dec. 22, 2012), UNH is 3-7. Associate head coach Mike Roux has filled in as head coach during Magarity's absence.
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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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.
What Just Happened
Kaylee Kilpatrick and Cari Reed scored 16 points apiece to lead the UNH women's basketball team to a 61-54 victory against the University of Maine at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 29.
The Black Bears went on a 10-0 run to tie the score, 39-39, at 13:01 of the second half, but UNH slowly pulled away the next seven minutes to build a 50-42 lead at 6:59 and Maine did not get closer than six points the rest of the way.
The duo of Kilpatrick and Reed combined to make 10 of 20 field goal attempts and went 10 of 12 from the foul line. Kilpatrick also finished with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high four blocks.
The Wildcats recorded a season-high seven blocks and the second highest assist total of the year with 15 on 23 field goals made. The 61 points marks the fourth highest point total of the season and the 62 field goals attempted ranks second. Also of note, the nine turnovers tied the season low for the 'Cats.
What Happens Next
New Hampshire welcomes the University of Vermont to Lundholm Gym on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Game time is 7 p.m. The Catamounts were 63-60 victors in overtime at Patrick Gym on Jan. 2.
New Hampshire Notables
UNH matched this season's second-best efforts in both rebounding (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton on Jan. 26.
Last Saturday's game at Binghamton marked just the third time in 19 games in 2012-13 the Wildcats did not attempt 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. UNH made 3 of 9 3-pointers in the 60-52 win against the Bearcats. New Hampshire attempted seven 3-pointers in the season-opener at Yale University (Nov. 14) and nine at Harvard University (Nov. 28).
UNH's 14 assists at the University of Hartford (Jan. 23) marked the team's second highest total of the season – to the 22 assists at College of the Holy Cross (Nov. 17).
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 third-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).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick recorded a career-high four blocks against Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 29. She also tied her career high of two steals vs. the Black Bears. One game earlier, Kilpatrick tallied a career-high 12 rebounds at Binghamton (Jan. 26). And before that, she scored a personal-best 19 points at Hartford on Jan. 23; Kilpatrick also had two steals that game vs. the Hawks.
Senior forward Morgan Frame tied a career high of 12 rebounds against Maine. She also equaled her personal best of four assists for the third consecutive game.
Frame netted a season-high 23 points (8-14 FGs, 7-8 FTs) at Binghamton, and that is the highest total by any Wildcat this season. The seven FTs is a career high.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston matched her career highs in both points (eight) and steals (three) Jan. 29 vs. Maine.
Senior guard Cari Reed made 6 of 7 free throws against Maine to tie her personal best of made free throws.
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. She recorded her fifth double-double of the season (sixth career) with season highs in both points (22) and rebounds (13) versus BU.
Freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger shot 2 of 6 from 3-point range vs. Maine to equal her high for 3-pointers made in a game.
Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan has missed each of the last five games and seven games overall this season.
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 161. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 11th at 96. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 248.
The frontcourt of senior Morgan Frame and Kaylee Kilpatrick combined for 31 points at Binghamton University (Jan. 26) on 12 of 22 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line. The duo also combined for 20 of the team's 44 rebounds.
Also last week at Hartford (Wednesday, Jan. 23), both Frame and Kilpatrick scored in double digits with 19 and 14 points, respectively to account for 33 of the team's 56 points. They also combined for six of the team's 14 assists and four of the five steals.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 3-4 record on Feb. 2 and that includes 1-3 on the road. In the most recent Feb. 2 game, UNH was a 77-67 victor at UMBC.
Through games of Feb. 1, UNH ranks fourth in the America East conference in offense (54.7 ppg) and fifth in defense (57.5 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.707), rank fourth in field goal percentage (.387), fifth in FG% defense (.389) and third in rebounding margin (+2.6) as well as fourth in blocks (2.8 per game).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.9 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.7 rpg) – she is the one of two conference players among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in minutes (35.2 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.365).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage at 53.8% and fifth in blocks. In other stats, senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb both the scoring and rebounding list; she is sixth both stats at 11.4 ppg and 6.9 rpg; Frame leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.2 per game) and is eighth in free throw percentage (.676).
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. Last Saturday at Binghamton University, she helped secure the 60-52 victory by making 5 of 6 free throws in a 31-second span (from 1:12 to 41 seconds in which the score advanced from 55-48 to the final of 60-52).
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 20 games, Reed leads the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) as well as field goals made (90) and attempted (210), 3-point field goals made (40) and attempted (109) and minutes (35.3 mpg). She is third in assists (30) as well as second in blocks (12) and both free throws made (42) and attempted (49).
In eight America East conference games, her numbers are 14.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg and 0.9 blocks per game in 36.2 mpg.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 11 times, and the top rebounder 10 times. She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has seven double-digit rebound games. Reed also has five of the team's eight double-doubles on the season.
Most recently vs. Maine (Jan. 29), Reed scored 16 points and tied her personal best of six FTs made by going 6 of 7 from the foul line.
In the Jan. 19 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 game earlier at Albany (Jan. 16), 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.
Listings for Reed
If the season ended today, Cari Reed would have the second best single-season free throw percentage in school history at 85.7% (42-49). The top mark of 90.0% was established by Kathy Ladd in 1980-81.
Reed is currently No. 18 on the program's career blocks leaderboard with 39. Next on the list is Deb Dorsch (1986-90) with 41. Ahead of that are Carrie Kimball (1992-96; 42 blocks) and Laura Seiden (1989-93; 32) and Rita McCarroll (1986-90; 43).
Reed is approaching UNH's Top 20 scoring list. She has 867 career points and No. 20 on the list is Marcie Lane (1991-94) at 910.
Hitting the Boards
New Hampshire has outrebounded the opponent in 13 of 20 games this season and the total has been equal twice, including vs. Boston University (Jan. 19) when both teams grabbed 36 boards. UNH tallied its second-highest totals in rebounds (44) and rebounding margin (+15) last Saturday at Binghamton University.
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 20 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (49) and attempted (73). She ranks second in scoring (11.1 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), steals (18), field goals made (86) and FG attempted (203) as well as third in minutes (28.1 per game) and fourth in assists (28).
In eight America East conference games, Frame is averaging 12.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.3 apg in 31.4 mpg.
The 6-foot-1 forward matched her career high of 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, against Maine on Jan. 29. She also matched her personal best of four assists the third consecutive game.
Frame scored a season-high 23 points (8-14 FGs, 7-8 FTs) and also tallied eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot to propel UNH to a 60-52 victory at Binghamton (Jan. 26). The seven free throws are a career high. Frame set the tone in the game by scoring 10 of the team's initial 14 points; after the Bearcats closed within 51-46, she made two fouls shots and then assisted on a layup in less than a minute to extend the margin to nine points.
One game earlier at Hartford (Jan. 23), Frame helped fuel UNH's late comeback effort. She recorded seven points and two rebounds as the Wildcats trimmed a 13-point deficit to 54-52 spanning 6:20. Frame finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals and four assists.
In the Jan. 19 against BU at Lundholm Gym, Frame was once again 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 recorded a season-high seven blocks, including a career-high four by Kaylee Kilpatrick, this past Tuesday against Maine. The Wildcats have 41 blocks the past 10 games (4.1 blocks per game) – in comparison, the 'Cats had three blocks just once in the opening 10 games of the season.
UNH tallied four blocks last Saturday at Binghamton University, and the 'Cats swatted away five Albany Great Danes' shots as Cari Reed returned three shots back to the sender on Jan. 16. UNH rejected six shots Jan. 2 at Vermont.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 23 blocked shots – she tallied three both at UVM (Jan. 2) and at Hartford (Jan. 23) – and Reed ranks second with 12.
Through 20 games, New Hampshire has a 56-28 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 20 games this season, Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), 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 (55.4 ppg at home; 54.4 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 51.2 ppg allowed in eight home games and 61.7 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .392 field goal percentage compared to .375 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage, however, is higher at home (24.8% home; 23.8% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.4 margin compared to +2.0 on the road; part of that road margin is skewed due to Albany's 45-25 edge (Jan. 16).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick has started each of the last nine games and has been on the court for 16 of 20 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 8.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 25.6 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 53.8%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (23) as well as third in both rebounding and scoring.
In eight America East games, Kilpatrick is averaging 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals in 28.0 minutes per game.
The six-foot-four forward re-wrote her record book in January. She ended the month with a career-high four blocks and tied a career high of two steals against Maine (Jan. 29). Kilpatrick previously recorded a career-high 12 rebounds as part of UNH's 44-29 edge on the boards at Binghamton (Jan. 26) – she also tallied eight points, two blocks and a steal vs. the Bearcats.
One game earlier, Kilpatrick netted a personal-best 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the floor Jan. 23 at the University of Hartford. Her other stats included three blocks and two steals.
During UNH's 15-4 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 54-52 with 1:29 remaining at Hartford, Kilpatrick recorded five points, two assists and two blocks.
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 16 points – which was a career high at the time – 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.
Going Back to the Wells Again
Another player who returns with starting experience is senior guard Lauren Wells, who utilizes her quickness and athleticism to drive past defenders – and be a disruptive force at the other end of the court as a defender – but she can also hit the mid-range jumper.
Wells missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, but she started 21 of 29 games in 2011 as a junior and was in the starting lineup all 31 games in '10. In her junior season, Wells ranked third on the team in steals, fourth in assists and fifth in scoring; she also led the team in free throw percentage and ranked ninth in America East in 3-point field goal percentage.
Wells, who 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 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 24.2 minutes per game. In eight America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 19.6 mpg.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 20 games and has started nine games, including each of the past seven; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
In her nine starts, Gaston is averaging 3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.3 apg, as in 27.2 minutes per game. Overall, her numbers include 3.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, and 1.9 apg in 20.5 mpg.
This past Tuesday versus Maine, Gaston matched her career highs in points (eight) and steals (three). She also contributed four rebounds, four assists and a block while committing just one turnover in 33 minutes.
Gaston finished with six points, four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes at Binghamton (Jan. 26). It marked the second consecutive game she played 38 minutes. She committed just one turnover in 38 minutes at Hartford (Jan. 23).
Gaston recorded a season-high five assists in the Jan. 19 home game against Boston University to match her career high.
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.
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 was also on the floor when UNH made its late comeback the next game at Hartford (Jan. 23), and it was her 3-pointer that ignited the 15-4 run that reduced the deficit to two points, 54-52, with 89 seconds to play.
Of the four players who came off the bench Tuesday against Maine, Friel was the only one to play double-digit minutes (12). She contributed two points, one rebound and two assists.
Friel is averaging 1.4 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 8.9 minutes per game (14 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. Earlier this week, she recorded two points and two rebounds in six minutes against Maine.
Martenet is averaging 1.0 ppg and 1.1 rpg in 5.8 minutes per game (11 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played in four of the past 11 games.
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 11 overall, is averaging 6.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.7 minutes per game (20 games played).
In eight America East conference games (four starts), her numbers are 6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.3 apg in 25.8 mpg.
Belanger finished with eight points and five rebounds Tuesday against Maine.
Last Saturday at Binghamton University, Belanger finished with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block. On Jan. 23 at Hartford, she matched her personal best with two 3-pointers as part of eight points, six rebounds and three assists.
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 matched her personal best of 11 points 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 has come off the bench in all 20 games this season. She is averaging 1.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 10.2 minutes per game.
Spoto contributed four points and two rebounds in nine minute vs. Maine (Jan. 26). Last Saturday at Binghamton (Jan. 26), she tallied two points and three rebounds in nine minutes.
Spoto recorded a career-high three steals Jan. 16 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 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 Hartford 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 Seawolves
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, N.Y.) enters Saturday's game with an 11-10 overall record that includes 3-5 in America East and 7-4 at home – 2-2 in conference home games. The Seawolves have lost three consecutive games, including a 68-35 home loss to Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
In the America East conference, SBU ranks fifth in offense (54.1 points per game) and fourth in defense (55.7 ppg). In other stats, the Seawolves are fifth in field goal percentage (.386) and fourth in 3-point FG% 9.278), but last in free throw percentage (.607). They also rank second in rebound margin (+3.7), third in steals (8.4 per game) and last in blocked shots (1.1 per game).
Sabre Proctor, who has started just five of 21 games, is the leading scorer at 10.5 ppg. Jessica Previlon is second in scoring (9.1 ppg) and is averaging a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game; she is also second in assists (30). Chikilra Goodman leads the squad in assists (74) and minutes (29.8 minutes per game), ranks third in scoring (8.9 ppg) and second in rebounds (6.5 rpg). Dani Klupenger is averaging just 5.2 ppg but is SBU's leader in 3-pointers made (25) and 3-point percentage (.321).
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Travels to Battle Stony Brook (Feb. 2)
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