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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 27 against the University at Albany. It is Senior Day for the Wildcats and game time at Lundholm Gym is 7 p.m.
UNH has a 14-11 lifetime record against Albany, which extended its winning streak vs. the Wildcats to three games with a 78-43 victory at SEFCU Arena (Albany, N.Y) on Jan. 16, 2013.
New Hampshire has an 8-3 home record vs. the Great Danes. In the past six years, the trend has been UNH wins in the odd-numbered years (2007, 2009, 2011) and Albany wins the even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012). UA prevailed 60-44 last year (Jan. 11, 2012) at Lundholm Gym. UNH was a 60-46 victor in Durham on Feb. 3, 2011; that is the Wildcats' only win the last six overall meetings.
In this year's matchup, UA raced out to a 7-0 lead before UNH responded with five consecutive points to close within 7-5. The Great Danes edged ahead 19-10, extended the advantage to double digits 23-12 midway through the first half and quickly pulled away with a 15-0 run in a span of 3:30 to build a 38-14 lead. Albany led 42-20 at halftime en route to the 78-43 victory. UA recorded a 45-25 rebounding advantage and shot 52.5% (31 of 59) from the floor while limiting the Wildcats to 24.4% (10-41).
Last year at Lundholm Gym, Albany jumped out to first-half leads of 13-2 and 24-7 and held a 28-13 halftime advantage en route to a 60-44 victory at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 11, 2012. Kaylee Kilpatrick scored all of her team-high 14 points in the second half for the Wildcats. UA was led by Lindsey Lowrie (23 pts).
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Wednesday's game with a 10-16 overall record that includes 5-9 in America East and 7-4 at home (4-3 in conference home games). Last week, the Wildcats split a pair of home games with a 51-49 victory against the University of Hartford (Feb. 20) and a 55-42 loss to Binghamton University (Feb. 23).
Saturday's loss to the Bearcats ended UNH's home win streak at three games.
After a stretch of winning three of four games (Jan. 26 through Feb. 6), UNH has now lost three of four games (Feb. 13-23).
New Hampshire has followed last year's 16-win campaign with 10 wins so far this season. The last time UNH recorded back-to-back double-digit win seasons was in 2005 (15) and 2006 (15); 2006 was the last of 20 consecutive double-digit win seasons that started in 1987.
The Wildcats entered the week (through Feb. 24) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#74; 56.8 ppg allowed).
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.
UNH ended its streak of eight consecutive road losses with a 60-52 victory at Binghamton University on Jan. 26; since then, the 'Cats have lost all three road games. 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. Magarity once again returned to the sideline Feb. 20 vs. Hartford and Feb. 23 vs. Binghamton.
Developing the Playoff Picture
Two games remain in the regular season and UNH is tied for sixth in the America East standings with Vermont at 5-9. UMBC (6-8) and Stony Brook (6-9) sit ahead of the Wildcats and Catamounts. UNH split the season series with UMBC and UVM, whereas Stony Brook swept the Wildcats.
BU, currently second in the standings, will not advance to the America East Championship at Albany. Tourney play begins March 8 with the quarterfinals.
Saluting The Seniors
UNH's four-member Class of 2013 will be recognized Feb. 27 prior to the 7 p.m. opening tipoff against Albany. This senior class –comprised of Morgan Frame, Jilliane Friel, Cari Reed and Lauren Wells – has compiled 44 wins and helped lead the Wildcats to their second-ever postseason appearance with a berth in the 2012 WBI tournament.
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What Just Happened
UNH shot a season-low 22.8% (13 of 57) from the floor in a 55-42 loss to Binghamton University at Lundholm Gym on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Bearcats scored 10 consecutive points to build a 42-31 lead, but UNH responded with an 8-2 run to close within 44-39 at 2:26. The Wildcats also pulled within five points, 47-42, with 1:15 remaining but Binghamton ended the game on an 8-0 spurt to secure the victory.
Cari Reed came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the field (3-6 3-pointers) and a pair of free throws. Kelsey Hogan netted 12 points on the strength of 6-for-7 shooting from the foul line.
UNH trailed 20-17 at halftime to mark the team's lowest first-half scoring output of the season.
The Wildcats committed just 10 turnovers, which is the team's lowest total the past six games and tied for the third lowest of the season.
What Happens Next
New Hampshire concludes the 2013 regular season with a March 2 matchup at Maine. Game time in Orono is 12 p.m.
New Hampshire Notables
UNH limited the opposition to less than 50 points for the fifth time this season in the 51-49 victory against Hartford on Feb. 20. It also marked the second time this year an opponent did not hit a 3-point shot (the Hawks were 0-for-9); the first time it happened was Jan. 5 vs. Stony Brook.
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).
In five games since her return to the starting lineup (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont), junior guard Kelsey Hogan is averaging a team-high 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She is shooting 46.9% (23-49) from the floor, including 47.6% (10-21) from 3-point range, the past five games.
Senior forward Morgan Frame has climbed into a tie atop the team leaderboard in rebounding at 6.9 per game (she has a team-high 179 rebounds). Frame has been very consistent of late with eight rebounds at UMBC (Feb. 13) followed by back-to-back nine-rebound efforts against Boston U. (Feb. 16) and Hartford (Feb. 20).
Frame's point production has been equally consistent during that span. She scored 12 points vs. both Hartford and Stony Brook (Feb. 2) and netted nine points each of the three games in between.
UNH's longest active streak for consecutive starts belongs to Frame (46 games).
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has been quietly effective the past nine games. She is averaging 4.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 34.0 minutes during this stretch, which dates back to Jan. 19.
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 returned to action Feb. 20 vs. Hartford by playing 16 minutes off the bench; she missed all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and finished with one point, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Reed had missed both of the previous week's road games against UMBC (Feb. 13) and Boston U. (Feb. 20).
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 167.
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 262; 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 4-2 record on Feb. 27 and that includes 4-1 at home. In the most recent Feb. 27 game, UNH lost 66-39 at Boston U. in 2008.
Through games of Feb. 26, UNH ranks sixth in the America East conference in offense (53.7 ppg) and fifth in defense (56.8 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.698), rank fourth in field goal percentage (.383), FG% defense (.384) and rebounding margin (+2.2) as well as fifth in blocks (2.4 per game).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.4 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (6.9 rpg) – she is one of two conference players among the Top 6 in both stats. Reed is also atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.862) as well as fifth in minutes (33.8 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (1.9 per game) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.354).
Senior forward Morgan Frame is entrenched in the top 10 on both the scoring and rebounding lists; she is eighth at 10.6 ppg and fifth at 6.9 rpg; Frame is ninth in free throw percentage (.652).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks fourth in both field goal percentage (48.2%) and blocks (1.0 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 missed consecutive games (Feb. 13 at UMBC and Feb. 16 at Boston U.) before returning to action with 16 minutes off the bench vs. Hartford (Jan. 20). In that limited time, Reed missed all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and went 1-for-2 from the foul line for one point; she also tallied two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
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 (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) as well as 3-point field goals made (46) and attempted (130) and minutes (33.8 mpg). She is second in field goals made (101) and attempted (244), blocks (13) and both free throws made (50) and attempted (58); she is also third in assists (36).
In 12 America East conference games, her numbers are 12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 33.0 mpg.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 13 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 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.
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).
Listings for Reed
If the season ended today, Cari Reed would have the second best single-season free throw percentage in school history at 86.2% (50-58), and that includes 91.2% (31-34) 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 903 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 26 games this season and the total has been equal three times. UNH tallied its second-highest totals in rebounds (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton University on Jan. 26, but the Bearcats recorded a 42-38 edge this past Saturday, Feb. 23. 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 (108) and attempted (264), free throws made (60) and attempted (92) and is atop the steals leaderboard with 25; she is tied for the rebounding lead at 6.9 per game and has a team-high 179. She ranks second in scoring (10.6 ppg) as well as third in minutes (28.0 per game) and fourth in assists (31).
In 14 America East conference games, Frame is averaging 10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.5 apg in 29.9 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 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 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's 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.
Including that Feb. 13 game, UNH has recorded just one blocked shot the past four games. The 'Cats has one block at Boston U. (Feb. 16) and did not have a tally in that statistic Feb. 20 vs. Hartford or Feb. 23 vs. Binghamton.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 27 blocked shots – she tallied a career-high four blocks Jan. 29 vs. Maine and UNH tallied a season high seven in that game. Reed ranks second with 13.
Through 26 games, New Hampshire has a 63-47 edge in blocked shots. Boston U. rejected eight UNH shots Feb. 16 at Case Gym and one game later Hartford finished with four blocks.
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 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.
Through 26 games this season, Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), leads the team in assists (59; 3.1 apg) and is third in scoring (9.6 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.4 rpg). She is second in minutes per game (32.3), third in 3-pointers made (20) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.299).
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.
In five games since her return to the starting lineup (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont), junior guard Kelsey Hogan is averaging a team-high 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She is shooting 46.9% (23-49) from the floor, including 47.6% (10-21) from 3-point range, the past five games.
Hogan matched her career high of nine assists Nov. 17 at Holy Cross. She established that personal benchmark Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Binghamton University.
Home & Road Splits
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is negligible (54.8 ppg at home; 52.9 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.8 ppg allowed in 10 home games and 61.2 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats' field goal percentage is lower at home (.377) compared to .385 on the road. The 3-point field goal percentage is marginally higher at home (27.4% home; 24.9% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +3.2 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 15 games and has been on the court for 22 of 26 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 25.3 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 4 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 48.2%; 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 14 America East games, Kilpatrick is averaging 7.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in 26.5 minutes per game.
Kilpatrick finished with 10 points (4-7 FGs; 2-3 FTs) and four rebounds in UNH's 51-49 victory against Hartford on Feb. 20.
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.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 26 games and started 15 games, including each of the past 13; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
In her 15 starts, Gaston is averaging 3.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.5 apg in 28.9 minutes per game. In the past 10 games, she has played 30+ minutes eight times with an average of 33.2 per game; Gaston is averaging 3.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg the past 10 games. Overall, her numbers include 3.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 23.0 mpg.
Gaston finished with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals – as well as just two turnovers – in 34 minutes of action to help the Wildcats upend Hartford, 51-49, on Feb. 20.
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 recorded a season-high five assists in the Jan. 19 home game against Boston University to match her career high.
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 also had one block vs. the Big Green.
Wells is averaging 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 22.2 minutes per game. In 14 America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 17.9 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 1.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 8.8 minutes per game (20 games played). In 12 America East conference games, her numbers include 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 0.8 apg in 10.5 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 1.3 rpg in 6.1 minutes per game (18 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played each of the last eight games.
Martenet has been productive as a viable option off the bench the past month. 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.
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 9 of the last 11, is averaging 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.6 minutes per game (26 games played; 16 starts).
In 14 America East conference games (nine starts), her numbers are 6.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.2 apg in 25.1 mpg.
Belanger was held scoreless (0-3 FGs) Feb. 23 by Binghamton. The previous time she did not score a point – Feb. 2 at Stony Brook – Belanger responded with a career-high 12 points the next game (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont).
In the Feb. 16 game 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.
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 26 games this season. She is averaging 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.8 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. (Feb. 16).
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.
On Second Thought
Cari Reed has three of the team's five 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 close the regular season March 2 at Maine.
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 Great Danes
The University at Albany enters Wednesday's game at UNH with a 23-3 overall record that includes a perfect 14-0 mark in America East as well as 12-1 on the road (7-0 in conference road games). The Great Danes extended their win streak to 15 games with a 68-52 victory at Vermont on Feb. 24. The most recent loss was Dec. 20, 2012 vs. Sam Houston State (71-68 overtime); prior to that, UA had a six-game winning streak and that puts the Great Danes at 21-1 dating back to Thanksgiving.
In the America East conference, Albany is atop the leaderboard in offense (68.2 ppg) and defense (48.7 ppg) as well as field goal percentage (.450), 3-point FG% (.376), rebounding margin (+11.2), assists (15.5/game) and steals (12.1/game).
In the national rankings, Albany is #3 in defense, #6 in rebound margin, #9 in 3-point FG% and #13 in steals.
Ebone Henry leads four double-digit scorers with 14.6 points per game. She also leads the team in both steals (72) and minutes per game (31.0); in other stats, Henry ranks second in 3-pointers (36) and assists (81) as well as third in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
Lindsey Lowrie, the reigning America East Player of the Week, is one of the top 3-point shooters in the country at 43.6%; she has 75 3-pointers this season and is averaging 10.6 points per game.
Julie Forster ranks second in minutes per game (30.6) and is the top rebounder at 8.2 per game; she also averages 9.4 ppg.
Off the bench, Megan Craig is averaging 10.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 18.3 minutes per game while Shereesha Richards contributes 10.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg in 19.8 minutes per game.
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Senior Day vs. Albany (Feb. 27; 7pm)
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