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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 6 against the University of Vermont at Lundholm Gym. Game time for the Battle of the 'Cats (Wildcats vs. Catamounts) is 7 p.m.
UNH has a 31-40 lifetime record, including a 63-60 overtime loss at Patrick Gym on Jan. 2, against Vermont. The Wildcats have a 20-12 home record in this series and have won two straight at Lundholm Gym, including last year's 58-48 victory on Feb. 11, 2012.
New Hampshire has a 3-2 edge the past five meetings (three of which went into overtime), prior to which the Catamounts won 11 consecutive times spanning March 2006 to January 2010. During that stretch, UVM won four games in Durham and that included its most recent road win (Jan. 12, 2010; 55-53).
In this season's matchup, Vermont outscored the visitors 12-6 the last five minutes of regulation to force overtime. The teams traded scores and UVM led 62-60 with 28.9 seconds remaining. Following a UNH turnover, UVM made 1 of 2 free throws to extend the lead to three points with 1.2 seconds on the clock. The Wildcats' long inbounds pass was deflected away to end the game.
Cari Reed recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds'; she netted 15 of her game-high 20 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
There were five ties and 13 lead changes in the first half, which ended with UNH leading 31-27. The Wildcats led by as many as nine points (45-36) at 9:19 of the second half before the home team rallied. With the score tied at 54, New Hampshire made a defensive stop with 16.5 seconds left in regulation but missed a 3-pointer in the waning seconds to send the game into OT.
UVM was led by Lauren Buschmann (17 points, 11 rebounds). Niki Taylor and Tierra Shumpert scored 15 points apiece.
Despite ending up on the short end of the final score, UNH recorded the edge in field goal percentage (.426 to .349), 3-point field goal % (.333 to .300) and free throw percentage (.789 to .684). New Hampshire also tallied six blocked shots (second highest total of 2012-13). UVM finished with the 37-34 rebounding advantage and 11 turnovers in comparison to the Wildcats' 16.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Wednesday's game with an 8-13 overall record that includes 3-6 in America East and 5-3 at home – 2-2 in conference home games. The Wildcats' two-game winning streak ended last Saturday, Feb. 2 with a 60-47 loss at Stony Brook University.
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 Feb. 3) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#81; 57.6 ppg allowed) and free throw percentage (#80; 71.6%).
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 3-8. 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).
What Just Happened
UNH reduced a 13-point second-half deficit to six points, 51-45, with 3:54 remaining in regulation, but Stony Brook outscored the Wildcats 9-2 the rest of the way to record a 60-47 victory Feb. 2 at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Cari Reed was selected UNH's America East Player of the Game with 14 points (5-5 FTs), six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Morgan Frame netted 12 points while Elizabeth Belanger recorded a team-high eight rebounds.
UNH never led and the only tie was 2-2 on Frame's layup 1:39 into the game.
UNH recorded 12 assists on 16 field goals; the Wildcats shot 4 of 16 from 3-point range and finished with a -12 turnover margin; the 22 turnovers tied for the second highest total of the season.
What Happens Next
New Hampshire is idle this weekend and then plays on the road twice next week against UMBC (Feb. 13; 7 p.m.) and Boston University (Feb. 16; 1 p.m.).
New Hampshire Notables
New Hampshire recorded seven blocks vs. Maine (Jan. 29). It's the highest team total since Jan. 1, 2011, when the Wildcats recorded seven blocks in a triple OT game against the University Rhode Island.
UNH matched this season's second best efforts in both rebounding (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton on Jan. 26.
The Jan. 26 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).
Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan returned to action Feb. 2 at Stony Brook; she had missed five consecutive games since her last appearance Jan. 9 vs. UMBC. Hogan recorded her 250th career assist with the second of her three at Stony Brook.
Senior guard Cari Reed made 11 of 12 free throw attempts (91.7%) last week and she leads the America East conference in free throw percentage at 87.0%.
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 (Jan. 26), 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.
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. Boston U. Reed is currently No. 3 at 162. Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan is 11th at 96. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 251.
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.
Earlier that 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 7-5 record on Feb. 6 and that includes 5-2 at home. In the most recent Feb. 2 game, UNH was defeated 59-50 by Binghamton at Lundholm Gym in 2011.
Through games of Feb. 5, UNH ranks sixth in the America East conference in offense (54.3 ppg) and fifth in defense (57.6 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.716), rank fifth in field goal percentage (.385), sixth in FG% defense (.392) and third in rebounding margin (+2.8) as well as fourth in blocks (2.9 per game).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (13.1 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg) – she is the one of two conference players among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also third in minutes (35.3 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.357).
Senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb both the scoring and rebounding list; she is seventh at 11.1 ppg and sixth at 7.0 rpg; Frame leads the league in offensive rebounds (3.2 per game) and is eighth in free throw percentage (.671).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in both field goal percentage (51.9%) and blocks (1.2 per game).
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December. In the Jan. 26 game 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 21 games, Reed leads the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) as well as field goals made (94) and attempted (223), 3-point field goals made (41) and attempted (115) and minutes (35.3 mpg). She is third in assists (33) as well as second in blocks (13) and both free throws made (47) and attempted (54).
In nine America East conference games, her numbers are 14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 apg and 0.9 blocks per game in 36.1 mpg.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 12 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 (Feb. 2) at Stony Brook, Reed scored a team-high 14 points – she made all five free throws – and also tallied six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.
Last Tuesday (Jan. 29) vs. Maine, 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 87.0% (47-54). 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 40. 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; 42) and Rita McCarroll (1986-90; 43).
Reed is approaching UNH's Top 20 scoring list. She has 881 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 14 of 21 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) at Binghamton University on Jan. 26.
The Wildcats recorded a 39-38 edge at home against Stony Brook, which entered that Jan. 5 game with a +6.8 rebounding advantage, and outrebounded the Seawolves 37-32 at Pritchard Gymnasium on Feb. 2.
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 21 games, Frame leads the team in free throws made (51) and attempted (76) and is tied atop the steals leaderboard with 19. She ranks second in scoring (11.1 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), field goals made (91) and FG attempted (211) as well as third in minutes (27.9 per game) and fourth in assists (29).
In nine America East conference games, Frame is averaging 12.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in 30.7 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, last Tuesday against Maine. The Wildcats have 45 blocks the past 11 games (4.1 blocks per game) – in comparison, the 'Cats had three blocks just once in the opening 10 games of the season.
Most recently (Feb. 2) at Stony Brook, UNH tallied four blocks, which was also the total the team recorded Jan. 26 at Binghamton University. 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 21 games this season, Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), leads the team in assists (48; 3.5 apg) and is fourth in scoring (7.9 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.1 rpg). She is second in minutes per game (32.0) and third in 3-point FGs (10-46).
Hogan returned to action Feb. 2 at Stony Brook. She came off the bench to play 16 minutes and finished with four points, one rebound and three assists. Hogan's previous game was Jan. 9 vs. UMBC; she tallied four points, two rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes against the Retrievers.
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.
Home & Road Splits
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is almost negligible (55.4 ppg at home; 53.8 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 51.2 ppg allowed in eight home games and 61.6 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot better on the road with a .389 field goal percentage compared to .375 at home. The 3-point field goal percentage, however, is higher at home (24.8% home; 23.9% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.4 margin compared to +2.3 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 10 games and has been on the court for 17 of 21 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 25.5 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 51.9%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (25) as well as third in both rebounding and scoring.
In nine America East games, Kilpatrick is averaging 8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals in 27.6 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 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 23.9 minutes per game. In nine America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 19.4 mpg.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 21 games and started 10 games, including each of the past eight; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
In her 10 starts, Gaston is averaging 3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.2 apg in 27.0 minutes per game. Overall, her numbers include 3.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, and 1.7 apg in 20.7 mpg.
Last Tuesday (Jan. 29) 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 last 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 1.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 9.5 minutes per game (15 games played). In seven America East conference games, her numbers include 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg and 1.0 apg in 13.3 minutes per game.
The UNH women's basketball program welcomed four newcomers to the 2012-13 squad and that includes sophomore center Corinne Coia, who transferred following her freshman year (2011-12) at the University of Rhode Island; she is ineligible to play for the Wildcats this season.
Kendall Martenet is the other new addition to the frontcourt. The 6-2 forward was a three-time captain at Mukwonago High School, where she led the team in rebounding as a junior and senior.
Martenet is averaging 1.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 5.7 minutes per game (13 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played each of the last three games.
Last Tuesday (Jan. 29) against Maine, she recorded two points and two rebounds in six minutes. She then tallied two points, two rebounds and a block in four minutes at Stony Brook (Feb. 2).
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.
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 12 overall, is averaging 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.7 minutes per game (21 games played).
In nine America East conference games (five starts), her numbers are 6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.2 apg in 25.6 mpg.
Belanger finished with eight points and five rebounds last Tuesday against Maine; she was held scoreless (for the first time in her career) and pulled down eight boards at Stony Brook (Feb. 2).
Jan. 26 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 nine games; she ended a streak of nine consecutive DNPs Feb. 2 at Stony Brook, where she entered the game in the final minute of both halves. Prior to that, Duffey had not seen game action since Dec. 22 at Cleveland State. She is averaging 3.6 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto has come off the bench in all 21 games this season. She is averaging 1.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 10.1 minutes per game.
Most recently, Spoto recorded four points (2-3 FGs), one rebound, one assist and two steals in 10 minutes at Stony Brook (Feb. 2).
Spoto contributed four points and two rebounds in nine minutes vs. Maine (Jan. 26). One game earlier 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.
UNH finished with 22 assists on 29 field goals in the 68-65 victory at Holy Cross (Nov. 17), and that assist total marked the highest by the Wildcats since Jan. 29, 2003, when New Hampshire tallied 23 assists in a 76-70 loss at Vermont; the last time the 'Cats recorded 20+ assists was Jan. 10, 2009 at UMBC.
In the two subsequent games following that 22-assist effort at Holy Cross, UNH had a combined 21 assists.
The 'Cats have recorded double-digit assists a total of 14 times this season; the second-highest mark of 15 assists occurred Jan. 29 vs. Maine. UNH tallied 12 assists on 16 FGs Feb. 2 at SBU.
New Hampshire was credited with four assists in the 43-32 loss to Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9), and that marked the lowest total by the Wildcats since Feb. 4, 2009, when they tallied four assists vs. Hartford; UNH also finished with four assists earlier in the 2008-09 season against Canisius (Dec. 20).
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 Catamounts
The University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.) enters Wednesday's game with a 7-14 overall record that includes 4-4 in America East and 1-12 on the road (1-3 in conference road games). UVM's only road win was Jan. 16 at Binghamton (61-56).
The Catamounts have lost two straight – Jan. 30 vs. Hartford (60-51) and Jan. 26 at Albany (59-32) and are 2-3 the past five games.
In America East, UVM ranks eighth in offense (52.3 ppg) and seventh in defense (62.9 ppg). In other stats, the Catamounts are eighth in field goal percentage (.341), third in free throw percentage (.680), fourth in rebounding margin (+2.4), eighth in turnover margin (-3.86) and second in blocks (3.0 per game).
Niki Taylor (8.5 ppg) and Tierra Shumpert (8.0) are the top scorers while Shanai Heber (7.8 rpg) and Lauren Buschmann (5.4) are the top rebounders. Shumpert also leads the team in both assists (65) and 3-pointers (25), and she is second in steals (22). Buschmann has a team-high 32 steals and is tied with Gracia Hutson atop the blocks leaderboard with 17. Kylie Atwood is second in 3-pointers made (21) with a team-high .356 3-point field goal percentage.
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Welcomes UVM to Lundholm Gym (Feb. 6)
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