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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 20 against the University of Hartford. Opening tip at UNH's Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
UNH has a 27-31 overall record, including a 63-56 road loss this past January, against Hartford. The Hawks have won 20 of the last 21 meetings, which dates back to the 2003-04 season; they won 18 consecutive games before the Wildcats prevailed 64-45 at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 4, 2012.
UNH has a 16-11 home record vs. Hartford, which had won eight straight in Durham during the recent 18-game win streak.
Back on Jan. 23 at Chase Family Arena (West Hartford, Conn.), Hartford held its largest lead of the game, 13 points (50-37) at 7:49 of the second half and led 54-43 with five minutes remaining when UNH began its comeback.
Morgan Frame scored a layup and Cari Reed hit a pair of free throws to lift the Wildcats within 54-47 at 3:03. Kaylee Kilpatrick scored three of her career-high 19 points to trim the deficit to 54-50 with 2:20 on the clock and Frame's jumper made it a two-point margin at 1:29. Another Kilpatrick basket lifted the 'Cats within 59-56 with 39 seconds to play and Frame stole the ball on the next Hawks' possession. UNH called time out, but then turned the ball over and Daphne Elliott hit two foul shots to extend Hartford's lead to 61-56. At the other end of the court, Cari Reed's 3-pointer hit off the rim with six seconds left and Nikkia Smith (21 points, 12 rebounds) made two free throws to close the scoring. In the first half, there were seven lead changes and seven ties.
Last year at Lundholm Gym, 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.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Wednesday's game with a 9-15 overall record that includes 4-8 in America East and 6-3 at home (3-2 in conference home games). The Wildcats have lost two straight games, both on the road last week – 59-45 at Boston U. (Feb. 16) and 59-50 at UMBC (Feb. 13).
UNH has won each of its last two games at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats defeated Vermont, 67-45, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and prevailed 61-54 vs. Maine on Jan. 29.
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. 10) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#80; 57.2 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 spanning Dec. 22, 2012 through Feb. 2), UNH went 3-8. Associate head coach Mike Roux filled in as head coach during Magarity's absence. She returned to the bench for the Feb. 6 victory against UVM but then missed both of last week's road games.
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What Just Happened
UNH led 39-34 with 11:30 remaining in the second half, but Boston University outscored the Wildcats 25-6 the rest of the way to pull away for a 59-45 victory at Case Gym on Saturday, Feb. 6.
New Hampshire shot 47.8% from the floor in the first half, then 25.9% in the second half. UNH recorded the slight edge in rebounds (38-37) but committed more turnovers (17-6).
Elizabeth Belanger matched her career high with a team-high 12 points, and that included a personal-best three 3-pointers. Morgan Frame recorded nine points and nine rebounds. Ariel Gaston tallied a team-high four assists for the second consecutive game and also pulled down a season-high seven rebounds.
What Happens Next
New Hampshire's three-game homestand continues Saturday, Feb. 23 (1 p.m.) against Binghamton University. Fans in attendance for Alumni Day are encouraged to wear pink in support of Play 4Kay.
New Hampshire Notables
UNH held its largest lead of the season -- 30 points (57-27) -- versus Vermont at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 6. The 22-point margin of victory (67-45) is the second largest.
The Wildcats established season highs in both field goal percentage (57.5%; 23-40) and 3-point field goal percentage (61.5%; 8-13) in that Feb. 6 game against the Catamounts. The eight 3-pointers tied a season high, the 15 assists ranks No. 2 and the 67 points is the third highest total for the year.
The 57.5% field goal percentage marks UNH's best effort since Jan. 22, 2010 [57.9% (33-57) vs. Albany], and the 61.5 3-point FG% is the team's best sharpshooting effort since Dec. 11, 2003 [66.7% (6-9) vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee).
UNH limited Vermont to 11 first-half points, which marked the lowest halftime total by an opponent in the last 20 years; the previous first-half low was 14 points by Stony Brook on Feb. 1, 2002.
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).
Freshman shooting guard Elizabeth Belanger matched her career high of 12 points, which included a personal-best three 3-pointers, Feb. 16 at Boston University. Belanger had established her best of 12 points Feb. 6 at home against Vermont.
Senior guard Jilliane Friel recorded a season-high four rebounds, which equaled her career high, at Boston U. on Feb. 16.
Senior guard Cari Reed has missed each of the last two games. The longest active streak for consecutive games started belongs to senior forward Morgan Frame (44 games).
Junior point guard and co-captain Kelsey Hogan matched her career high of 20 points Feb. 13 at UMBC. She matched her personal best of four 3-pointers for the second consecutive game to climb into a tie for 10th place on the program's career leaderboard (with 104).
The Feb. 6 game vs. Vermont will be one to remember for Hogan, who made her return to the starting lineup and played 25 minutes against the Catamounts. Hogan recorded her 100th career 3-pointer made with the last of her four 3s on the night; she made all six field goal attempts to become the first Wildcat since Jan. 29, 2005 to shoot 100% from the floor (minimum five attempts); Ebony Woods was 6-for-6 back on that day. Hogan also pulled down a team-high four rebounds.
One game earlier at Stony Brook University (Feb. 2), Hogan reached another personal milestone by recording her 250th career assist. She is the 13th Wildcat to attain that number.
Freshman forward Kendall Martenet scored a career-high six points in 12 minutes off the bench vs. Vermont. She made all four free throws to mark a career high from the foul line.
Reed made 11 of 12 free throw attempts (91.7%) the week of Jan. 28–Feb. 3 and she leads the America East conference in free throw percentage at 87.0%.
Two Wildcats are in the top 10 in 3-pointer made. 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 164.
Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan reached the 100 milestone Feb. 6 at home against Vermont with the last of her 4-for-4 effort and then climbed into a tie for 10th with four more 3s at UMBC on Feb. 13. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 255; she tallied #250 Feb. 2 at Stony Brook.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 5-1 record on Feb. 20 and that includes 4-0 at home. In the most recent Feb. 20 game, UNH was a 52-37 victor against Hofstra University at Lundholm Gym.
Through games of Feb. 19, UNH ranks fifth in the America East conference in both offense (54.3 ppg) and defense (57.2 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.704), rank fourth in field goal percentage (.389), fourth in FG% defense (.388) and rebounding margin (+2.5) as well as fifth in blocks (2.6 per game).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.9 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) – she is the only conference player among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.870) as well as third in minutes (34.9 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.355).
Senior forward Morgan Frame continues to climb both the scoring and rebounding list; she is seventh at 10.8 ppg and sixth at 6.9 rpg; Frame is fourth in offensive rebounds (2.9 per game) and is ninth in free throw percentage (.651).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage (50.3%) and fourth in blocks (1.1 per game). Classmate Ariel Gaston is eighth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2.
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December; she has missed each of the last two games. 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.
Reed leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) as well as 3-point field goals made (43) and attempted (121) and minutes (34.9 mpg). She is second in field goals made (97) and attempted (231), blocks (13) and both free throws made (47) and attempted (54); she is also third in assists (35).
In 10 America East conference games, her numbers are 13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in 35.1 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.
In the Feb. 2 game 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.
One game earlier 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 87.0% (47-54), and that includes 93.3% (28-30) in America East conference action. The top overall mark of 90.0% was established by Kathy Ladd in '80-81.
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 889 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 16 of 24 games this season and the total has been equal twice. UNH tallied its second-highest totals in rebounds (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton University on Jan. 26. The highs of 46 rebounds and +19 were established Dec. 17 vs. Wagner.
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 the 'Cats 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. In the Feb. 6 rematch, New Hampshire finished with the 30-26 edge; UVM had 13 offensive rebounds.
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.
Frame leads the team in field goals made (102) and attempted (243), free throws made (56) and attempted (86) and is atop the steals leaderboard with 22. She ranks second in scoring (10.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) as well as third in minutes (28.1 per game) and fourth in assists (30).
In 12 America East conference games, Frame is averaging 11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.7 apg in 30.3 mpg. In last week's action, she recorded nine points and eight rebounds at UMBC (Feb. 13) followed by nine points and nine rebounds at BU (Feb. 16).
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 20 points and 12 rebounds 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, Jan. 29 against Maine. The Wildcats' stretch of 14 consecutive games with multiple blocks ended Feb. 13 at UMBC, when UNH did not record a blocked shot. In that span of 14 games – Dec. 9 through Feb. 6 – the Wildcats totaled 51 blocks.
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 27 blocked shots – she tallied three both at UVM (Jan. 2) and at Hartford (Jan. 23) – and Reed ranks second with 13.
Through 24 games, New Hampshire has a 63-42 edge in blocked shots. Boston U. rejected eight UNH shots last Saturday at Case Gym.
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.
Hogan reached milestones in consecutive February games. She became the 13th UNH Wildcat to reach 250 career assists Feb. 2 at Stony Brook University, then recorded her 100th career 3-pointer made Feb. 6 against Vermont to be the 11th 'Cat to attain that mark.
Hogan followed that by matching her career highs in both points (20) and 3-pointers (four) in the Feb. 13 game at UMBC.
Through 24 games this season, Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), leads the team in assists (55; 3.2 apg) and is third in scoring (9.2 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg). She is second in minutes per game (31.7), third in 3-pointers made (18) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.286).
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.
She returned to the starting lineup Feb. 6 vs. UVM and scored 17 points while making all six field goal attempts, including four from 3-point distance. She also had a team-high four rebounds as well as two assists in 25 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.
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.
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.
Home & Road Splits
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is notable (56.7 ppg at home; 52.9 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.6 ppg allowed in nine home games and 61.2 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot slightly better at home with a .392 field goal percentage compared to .385 on the road. The 3-point field goal percentage is also higher at home (28.1% home; 24.9% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +4.3 margin compared to +1.8 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 13 games and has been on the court for 20 of 24 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 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 50.3%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (27) as well as third in rebounding and fourth in scoring.
Kilpatrick has recorded multiple blocks in eight games, including a stretch of four consecutive games spanning Jan. 23 through Feb. 2 with 11 blocks in that time.
In 12 America East games, Kilpatrick is averaging 8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 blocks and 0.9 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.
In the Feb. 6 game against Vermont, Kilpatrick was efficient at the offensive end of the court with 10 points on 3 of 4 field goals and 4-for-4 shooting from the foul line. She also recorded three rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block in 24 minutes.
The 6-foot-4 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 tallied 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.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 24 games and started 13 games, including each of the past 11; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
In her 12 starts, Gaston is averaging 3.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.6 apg in 28.7 minutes per game. In the past eight games, she has played 30+ minutes seven times with an average of 34.0 per game; Gaston is averaging 4.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.4 apg the past eight games. Overall, her numbers include 3.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 22.4 mpg.
Gaston recorded a season-high seven rebounds Feb. 16 at Boston University. She also finished with a team-high four assists for the second consecutive game.
Gaston had a quietly efficient game against Vermont (Feb. 6) with five points (2-2 FGs, 1-2 FTs), three rebounds and a team-high four assists in 30 minutes.
In the 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 Jan. 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.
Going Back to the Wells Again
Another player 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 3.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 22.4 minutes per game. In 12 America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 18.1 mpg.
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 Jan. 29 against Maine, Friel was the only one to play double-digit minutes (12). She contributed two points, one rebound and two assists.
Friel scored a season-high five points (2-3 FGs, including 1-1 3-pointers) in eight minutes of action Feb. 13 at UMBC. She pulled down a season-high four rebounds Feb. 16 at Boston U.; that total matched her career high.
Friel is averaging 1.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 9.0 minutes per game (18 games played). In 10 America East conference games, her numbers include 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 0.8 apg in 11.2 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 1.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 5.8 minutes per game (15 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played each of the last six games.
Martenet has seen increased playing minutes and productivity the past month – she has appeared in each of the last five games. In the Feb. 6 game vs. Vermont, she scored a career-high six points with a personal-best 4 of 4 effort from the foul line. She also pulled down three rebounds in a career-high 12 minutes off the bench.
In limited action at Stony Brook (Feb. 2), Martenet tallied two points, two rebounds and a block in four minutes. One game earlier against Maine (Jan. 29), she recorded two points and two rebounds in six minutes.
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 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 7 of the last 9, is averaging 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 25.0 minutes per game (24 games played; 14 starts).
In 12 America East conference games (seven starts), her numbers are 6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.3 apg in 26.0 mpg.
In the most recent game (Feb. 16 at Boston U.), Belanger matched her career high with a team-high 12 points. She shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range to establish a personal best in 3-pointers.
Belanger set a career high of 12 points in UNH's 67-45 win against Vermont at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 6. She shot 5-for-9 from the field, and that included 2 of 3 on 3-pointers. Belanger's other stats included three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
Belanger finished with eight points and five rebounds against Maine (Jan. 29); she was held scoreless (for the only 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 assist on the 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 netted 11 points against Colgate (Dec. 29) and Stony Brook (Jan. 5) – at the time, that total matched her personal best; 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 12 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 2.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto has come off the bench in all 24 games this season. She is averaging 1.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 10.9 minutes per game. Feb. 6 at UMBC, Spoto made 3 of 5 field goals for six points in 16 minutes, which marked her fourth-highest playing time of the season. She finished with two points and two rebounds in 18 minutes at Boston U. last Saturday.
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 (Dec. 5).
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 vs. Dartmouth.
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. 29). One game earlier at Binghamton (Jan. 26), she tallied two points and three rebounds in nine minutes.
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 13UNH women's basketball games during the 2012-13 season. All 11 home games as well as the Nov. 28 road game at Harvard and Feb. 16 game at Boston U. 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 Hawks
The University of Hartford has a 17-9 overall record that includes 8-5 in America East and 6-5 on the road (3-3 in conference road games). Hartford's three-game win streak ended Sunday, Feb. 17 with a 69-55 home loss to Albany.
In the America East conference rankings, Hartford is third in both offense (57.3 ppg) and defense (54.6 ppg). The Hawks also rank third in field goal percentage (.394), fourth in 3-point FG% (.287), second in free throw percentage (.689), fifth in rebounding margin (-2.3), eighth in blocked shots (1.6 per game) and second in steals (9.0 per game).
Amber Bepko (11.6 ppg) and Nikkia Smith (10.6) are the top scorers. Bepko is the top 3-point threat with 38 makes and a .388 percentage while Smith is the top rebounder (5.1 rpg). Daphne Elliott ranks second in 3-pointers made (26) on a team-high 106 attempts; she also leads the team in steals with 43 – Bepko is second (41).
Bepko was named America East Player of the Week on Monday. She averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 52.4% from the floor, including 56.3% from 3-point range. Bepko scored a career-high 21 points (five 3-pointers) and had six assists vs. Maine and followed that with a team-high 16 points (four 3-pointers) vs. Albany.
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Tips Off Three-Game Homestand Feb. 20 vs. Hartford
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