GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Postseason Begins Friday (6 pm) vs. Stony Brook

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The Matchup
    The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team is the fifth seed of the 2013 America East Women's Basketball Championship and opens the tournament with a March 8 quarterfinal game against fourth-seeded Stony Brook University. The game, which will be streamed on ESPN3.com, is 6 p.m. at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.
     The game will be broadcast live on The Wildcat Sports Radio Network from 6-7:30 p.m. and fans can listen to thegame in its entirety online.
     UNH has a 17-10 lifetime record against Stony Brook, which swept the 2012-13 season series with a 48-44 win at Lundholm Gym (Jan. 5) and 60-47 victory at Pritchard Gymnasium (Feb. 2). Prior to this year, the Wildcats had won five straight vs. the Seawolves.
    These programs have tipped off three times in America East postseason play – all were neutral-site games at the University of Hartford. SBU was a 65-54 winner in the 2002 semifinals, but the Wildcats prevailed 70-57 in the '03 quarterfinals and ousted the Seawolves from the '04 tourney in the first round with a 74-65 win.
    In the Jan. 5 game, Chikilra Goodman grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast- to-coast to give Stony Brook a 47-44 lead with 40 seconds remaining. Goodman then grabbed another defensive rebound and made 1 of 2 free throws with 16 seconds to play to push the advantage to four points. The Seawolves' defensive effort kept the 'Cats at bay until Reed's layup with four seconds on the clock rolled off the rim. Goodman was once again in position for the rebound to secure the victory.
    SBU won despite shooting 32% (9 of 29) from the foul line and not making a 3-pointer (0-for-4). The Seawolves shot 45.5% (20-44) from the floor while holding the Wildcats to 26.8% (15-56), including 14.3% (4-28) in the second half.
    Goodman led all scorers with 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor and 4-for-8 from the foul line; she also recorded team highs in rebounds (seven), assists (four) and steals (three). Jessica Previlon added 12 points and four rebounds.
    UNH was led offensively by Kelsey Hogan (12 points) and Elizabeth Belanger (11). Cari Reed recorded eight points, a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocks.
    In the Feb. 2 rematch, SBU broke a 2-2 tie with a 7-0 run and New Hampshire never pulled even thereafter. The Seawolves led by 10 points midway through the first half and took a 37-26 lead into halftime. They extended the advantage to 14 points, 45-31, with 13:07 remaining in the game. UNH closed within 51-45 with 3:54 to play, but then committed a turnover and SBU outscored the 'Cats 9-2 the rest of the way to secure the victory.
    Stony Brook made 17 of 30 field goal attempts (56.7%) in the first half to build its 11-point halftime lead. Sabre Proctor made 7 of 11 FGs and scored 17 points; Goodman followed with 11. UNH was led by Cari Reed (14 points) and Morgan Frame (12).
The State of New Hampshire
    New Hampshire enters postseason play with a an 11-17 overall record that includes 6-10 in America East and 0-1 in neutral-site games as well as 4-11 in road games (2-6 in conference road games). The Wildcats went 5-5 the last 10 games of the regular season.
    UNH ended the regular season with an 86-63 victory at Maine on Saturday, March 2. The win ended a two-game losing streak overall and a stretch of three consecutive road losses.
    New Hampshire has followed last year's 16-win campaign with 11 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 March 3) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#75; 56.9 ppg allowed) and turnovers per game (#96; 15.9); senior guard Cari Reed is 60th in 3-point field goal percentage (36.3%).
    UNH has won back-to-back games just twice this season – Nov. 14 (57-51 at Yale) & Nov. 17 (68-65 at Holy Cross) and Jan. 26 (60-52 at Binghamton) & Jan. 29 (61-54 vs. Maine). The Wildcats have not won three consecutive games in 2012-13.

How We Got Here
    UNH entered the last day of the regular season in seventh place but climbed into a tie for fourth place with its 86-63 win at Maine combined with losses by UMBC, Stony Brook and Vermont.
    UMBC won the four-way tiebreaker to earn the No. 3 seed, then Stony Brook held the tiebreak advantage against UNH and UVM for the No. 4 seed. In the last remaining tie, the Wildcats topped UVM to garner the No. 5 seed and send the Catamounts to No. 6.

What Just Happened
    UNH recorded season highs in points, field goals (35), 3-point field goals (nine) and rebounds (55) in an 86-63 victory at the University of Maine on Saturday, March 2.
    The Wildcats went on an early 13-0 run to build a 17-6 lead. They led by as many as 13 points in the first half before Maine closed within 42-34 at the half. UNH's advantage ballooned to 51-36 in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Black Bears battled back one more time to trim the margin to 53-46. The 'Cats put the game out of reach with an 11-1 spurt the next four minutes.
    UNH, which did not attempt a first-half free throw, made 7 of 9 foul shots. Maine went 13-for-21 from the line. The teams combined to attempt 47 3-pointers with UNH shooting 9-for-22 (40.9%) and UM hitting 6 of 25 (24.0%).
    Junior guard Kelsey Hogan recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. She shot 6-for-11 from the floor, including 3 of 5 3-pointers, and also finished with five assists and two steals. Senior guard netted a team-high 18 points on the strength of four 3-pointers to climb to No. 17 on the program's all-time points list (932); she also tallied six rebounds.

What Happens Next
    With a victory Friday vs. Stony Brook, UNH's March Madness would continue with a semifinal matchup against top-seeded and host school Albany on Sunday, March 10. Game time is 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 11 a.m. semifinal.

Not Very Neutral
    New Hampshire played just one neutral-site game during the regular season, and that was a 60-53 loss to Quinnipiac University at the Brown Basketball Invitational on Dec. 1 – the sixth game of the season.
    Friday's quarterfinal game at Albany will be the first neutral-site game in 2012-13 for Stony Brook.

New Hampshire Notables
    UNH's 86 points in the regular-season finale at Maine marked the teams highest total since Jan. 11, 2011, when the Wildcats prevailed 88-74 in triple overtime against the University of Rhode Island. Prior to last Saturday, the last time UNH eclipsed 80 points in regulation was Jan. 22, 2010 (87-77 win at Albany).
    UNH's 55 rebounds at Maine marked the highest by the team since the 'Cats also pulled down 55 rebounds Jan. 14, 2012 at Vermont.
    UNH scored 42 first-half points and 44 in the second half last Saturday vs. the Black Bears. The Wildcats scored 40 points in a half just once the rest of the regular season – 40 in the second half vs. Wagner on Dec. 17.
    The 'Cats were credited with 20 assists on 35 made field goals at Maine. It marked the second highest total of the season to the 22 at Holy Cross in the second game of the season (Nov. 17).
    New Hampshire held Albany to 18 first-half points, which marked the third lowest halftime score for an opponent this season. The Wildcats allowed just 11 points to UVM (Feb. 6) and 16 to Brown (Dec. 2).
    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.

'Cat Clips
    Four Wildcats scored in double digits March 2 at Maine – Cari Reed (18), Kelsey Hogan (15), Morgan Frame (10) and Ariel Gaston (10). That hadn't occurred since the second game of the season at Holy Cross.
    The starting lineup at Maine, which included that quartet of double-digit scorers and Elizabeth Belanger (nine points), combined to shoot 25 of 47 (53.2%) from the floor, 8 of 18 (44.4%) from 3-point range and 4-for-5 (80.0%) from the foul line.
    Junior guard Kelsey Hogan recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and career-high 11 rebounds at Maine. It marked the team's first double-double since Jan. 19 (Cari Reed– 22pts, 13 rebs). No Wildcat recorded double-digit rebounds in February; the most recent 10+ rebound effort was Jan. 29 vs. Maine (Morgan Frame, 12).
    Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston recorded career high point efforts each of the last two regular-season games with nine vs. Albany (Feb. 27) and 10 at Maine (March 2).
    Freshman forward Kendall Martenet played 11 minutes off the bench at Maine to record a career-high six rebounds; she also scored four points.
    Freshman guard Victoria Duffey scored her first career points with a 3-pointer in the closing minutes at Maine last Saturday. She also hit a pair of free throws to finish with five points.

Trending
    In seven games since returning to the starting lineup (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont), Kelsey Hogan is averaging a team-high 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She is shooting 47.8% (32-67) from the floor, including 46.4% (13-28) from 3-point range, the past seven games.
    Ariel Gaston has been quietly effective the past 12 games. She is averaging 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 31.7 minutes during this stretch, which dates back to Jan. 19.
    Senior forward Morgan Frame has climbed atop the team leaderboard in rebounding at 6.9 per game (she has a team-high 193 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); she pulled down eight boards vs. Albany (Feb. 27) and six in just 17 minutes of the regular-season finale at Maine.
    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. Frame netted a team-high 16 points vs. Albany and finished with 10 points at Maine.
    UNH's longest active streak for consecutive starts belongs to Frame (48 games).

Lock Down Defense
    UNH limited the opposition to less than 60 points in six consecutive games before Maine scored 63 in the regular-season finale. The previous opponent to reach that mark was Stony Brook (60-47 loss on Feb. 2).
    Only two opponents have scored 70 or more points vs. the Wildcats this season. Albany netted 78 points Jan. 16 at SEFCU Arena and Colgate University scored 72 points in an 11-point home win.

Milestone Watch
    Two Wildcats are in the top 10 in 3-pointers 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 170.
    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. 12 in career assists with 271; she tallied #250 Feb. 2 at Stony Brook.

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's 53 3-pointers is the fourth highest single-season total in program history. She tied the second-best mark of 58 as a sophomore in the 2010-11 season.
    Reed climbed into the Top 20 on UNH's career points leaderboard during her 11-point effort Feb. 27 vs. Albany and enters the tourney at No. 17 with 932 career points. Directly ahead is Heidi Plencner (1998-2002), who finished with 1,000 career points.
    Reed is also No. 17 on the program's career blocks leaderboard; she is tied with Deb Dorsch (1986-90) at 41. Ahead of that are Carrie Kimball (1992-96; 42 blocks) and Laura Seiden (1989-93; 42) and Rita McCarroll (1986-90; 43).

Conference Call
    UNH ended the regular-season ranked sixth in the America East conference in offense (54.6 ppg) and fifth in defense (56.9 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.697), rank fourth in field goal percentage (.384), FG% defense (.384) and rebounding margin (+2.5) as well as sixth in blocks (2.3 per game).
    On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.6 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (6.6 rpg) – she and teammate Morgan Frame are two of three players ranked in the top 8 in both stats.
    Reed doesn't qualify to be atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.862), but she is sixth in minutes (33.8 per game) as well as fourth in both 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (.363).
    Senior forward Morgan Frame is eighth at 10.8 ppg and fifth at 6.9 rpg; Frame is eighth in free throw percentage (.654).
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks fifth in field goal percentage (46.4%) and sixth blocks (1.0 per game). Classmate Ariel Gaston is fifth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.3 and junior Kelsey Hogan is seventh in both assists (3.2 per game) and minutes (32.7).

Clutch Performer
    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 (Feb. 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 (12.6 ppg), 3-point field goals made (53) and attempted (146) and minutes (33.8 mpg). She is second in rebounding (6.6 per game), field goals made (112) and attempted (272), blocks (14) and both free throws made (50) and attempted (58); she is also third in assists (38).
    In 14 America East conference games, her numbers are 12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game in 33.1 mpg.
    Reed has been the team's top scorer 14 times, and the top rebounder 10 times. She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has eight double-digit rebound games. Reed also has five of the team's nine double-doubles on the season.
    She scored a team-high 18 points, which marked her best since netting 22 points vs. Boston U. on Jan. 19), in last Saturday's regular-season finale at Maine. She hit four 3-pointers and pulled down six rebounds.
    Reed returned to the starting lineup for Senior Night against Albany on Feb. 27; she finished with 11 points and three steals. One game earlier vs. Binghamton (Feb. 23), Reed came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 13 points in 29 minutes. She made 4 of 9 field goals, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

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 rebounding (6.9 rpg), field goals made (117) and attempted (285), free throws made (68) and attempted (104) and is atop the steals leaderboard with 25. She ranks second in scoring (10.8 ppg) as well as third in minutes (27.9 per game) and fourth in assists (35).
    In 16 America East conference games, Frame is averaging 11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.6 apg in 29.4 mpg.
    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); she pulled down eight boards vs. Albany (Feb. 27) and six in just 17 minutes of the regular-season finale at Maine.
    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. Frame netted a team-high 16 points vs. Albany and finished with 10 points at Maine.
    UNH's longest active streak for consecutive starts belongs to Frame (48 games).
    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.

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 recorded her first career double-double in the March 2 regular-season finale at Maine with 15 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds; she also had a game-high five assists while shooting 6 of 11 from the floor, included 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
    In seven games since returning to the starting lineup (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont), Kelsey Hogan is averaging a team-high 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. She is shooting 47.8% (32-67) from the floor, including 46.4% (13-28) from 3-point range, the past seven games.
    Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), enters the America East tourney as the team leader in assists (68; 3.2 apg); she is third in scoring (9.7 ppg) as well as fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg). She is second in minutes per game (32.7), 3-pointers made (23) and 3-point field goal percentage (.311).
    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.

Kaylee Killa
    Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick started 15 consecutive games before coming off the bench for the Feb. 27 Senior Night game against Albany; she has been on the court for 22 of 28 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 24.5 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 6 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 46.4%; 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 16 America East games, Kilpatrick averaged 7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 blocks and 0.7 steals in 24.9 minutes per game.
    Kilpatrick recorded eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes off the bench against Maine in the regular-season finale last Saturday. She 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.
    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.

Taking Point
    Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston played every regular-season game and was in the starting lineup 16 times, including a stretch of 13 consecutive games that ended on Senior Night – Feb. 27 against Albany.
    In her 15 starts, Gaston is averaging 3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.4 apg in 28.9 minutes per game. In the past 12 games, she is averaging 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 31.7 minutes. Overall, her numbers include 3.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 2.0 apg in 23.0 mpg.
    Gaston recorded career high point efforts each of the last two regular-season games with nine vs. Albany (Feb. 27) and 10 at Maine (March 2). She also matched her season best of seven rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench against Albany.
    She 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.
    In the Jan. 29 game versus Maine, Gaston scored eight points and matched her career high in steals (three). She also contributed four rebounds, four assists and a block while committing just one turnover in 33 minutes.

Dial from long distance
    In 16 America East conference games, UNH made 29.9% of its 3-pointers by making 70 of 234 attempts; that percentage, which ranks fifth in the league, was boosted by an 8 of 13 (61.5%) performance Feb. 6 against Vermont;  – in comparison, the 'Cats were a combined 8 of 35 (22.9%) the previous two games.
    UNH made a season-high nine 3-pointers last Saturday at Maine. New Hampshire also shot well from 3-point distance with an 8 of 18 (44.4%) effort Jan. 19 at home vs. Boston U.
    Overall, the 'Cats have made 117 of 431 3-pointers, which is a mark of 27.1% that is seventh in America East.
    With senior guard Cari Reed and junior guard Kelsey Hogan entering the season shooting 36.2% and 41.5%, respectively, from 3-point range, one wouldn't expect the UNH Wildcats to have many games struggling to make a 3-pointer.
    New Hampshire went 0-for-17 from 3-point range against Central Connecticut State at Lundholm Gym on Dec. 9 with Reed and Lauren Wells missing six 3-pointers and Hogan attempting four 3-point shots; Jilliane Friel accounted for the other 3-point field goal attempt.
    That game marked the second time through nine games that UNH did not make a 3-point shot. The Wildcats were 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the Nov. 14 season opener at Yale.
    Prior to this season, the last time the 'Cats did not make a 3-point field goal was Feb. 25, 2009, when they missed all 15 shots from beyond the arc against Stony Brook University at Lundholm Gym (50-49 win).

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 12 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.
    Wells is averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 21.5 minutes per game. In 16 America East conference games (three starts), her numbers are 1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 17.3 mpg.

Friel-ing good
    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.
    In her last game at Lundholm Gym (Feb. 27 vs. Alban7), Friel made her first career start. She tallied two points, three rebounds an assist and two steals in 22 minutes.
    Friel is averaging 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 9.5 minutes per game (22 games played). In 14 America East conference games, her numbers include 1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 0.9 apg in 11.4 minutes per game.

Incoming
    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 1.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 6.2 minutes per game (20 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played each of the last 10 games.
    Martenet has been productive as a viable option off the bench the past month. In the March 2 regular-season finale at Maine, she recorded four points and personal-best six rebounds in 11 minutes.
    In the Feb. 6 game vs. Vermont, she scored 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 10 of the last 13, is averaging 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 23.9 minutes per game (28 games played; 17 starts).
    In 16 America East conference games (10 starts), her numbers were 6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.3 apg in 23.9 mpg.
    Belanger ended the regular season with nine points, four rebounds and four assists (matched her career high) at Maine. Prior to that, she was held scoreless the previous two games against Binghamton (missed all three field goal attempts) and Albany (0-for-2 in nine minutes off the bench).
    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 13 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 scored her first collegiate points in the last game of the regular season at Maine last Saturday when she hit a 3-pointer in the closing minutes; moments later, she hit two free throws to finish with five points in three minutes played. She is averaging 2.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.

Forward Reserve
    Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto has come off the bench in all 28 games this season. She is averaging 2.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 10.7 minutes per game. Spoto closed the regular season (March 2 at Maine) with seven points and six rebounds, as well as an assist and two steals, in 17 minutes.
    Feb. 6 at UMBC, Spoto made 3 of 5 field goals for six points in 16 minutes. 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).

Assist Me
    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 recorded double-digit assists a total of 18 times in the regular season and that includes 20 at Maine last Saturday. They tallied the third highest mark of 15 twice in a three-game span – Feb. 6 vs. Vermont and Jan. 29 against Maine; in between, UNH recorded 12 assists on 16 field goals (at Stony Brook).
    New Hampshire was credited with a season-low 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 broadcasted a total of 13 UNH women's basketball regular-season games during the 2012-13 season and will air the games of the America East Championships. All 11 home games as well as the Nov. 28 road game at Harvard and Feb. 16 game at Boston U. were 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

Scouting the Seawolves
    Stony Brook University comes into the America East Championship as the No. 4 seed with a regular season record of 14-15 with a 6-10 mark in America East that tied for fourth in the standings. SBU ended the regular season with back-to-back losses and went 3-7 the last 10.
    Most recently, the Seawolves fell to the No. 1 seed University at Albany, 60-49. Junior guard Chikilra Goodman scored a game-high, career-best 19 points while sophomore forward Sabre Proctor netted 15 points. SBU outscored Albany 26-25 in the second half of play but it was not enough to overcome the 12 point lead Albany built by halftime.
    Proctor has been the Seawolves most consistent point scorer this season averaging 10.9 points per game and has a .783 free throw percentage that is third best in the America East. Another standout has been senior forward Jessica Previlon, who has the top field goal percentage on the team at .500, is second on the team in points per game (9.4) and is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game, which puts her at fourth in the conference. Goodman ranks third in scoring (8.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.6 rpg).
    In the America East conference, Stony Brook is seventh in offense (53.2 ppg) and fourth in defense (55.5 ppg) as well as second in rebounding margin (+3.8), fifth in FG% (.377) and last in FT% (.601).

The Matchup vs. Albany
    UNH has a 14-12 lifetime record against Albany, which swept both games this season to extend its winning streak vs. the Wildcats to four games. New Hampshire's most recent win vs. UA was Feb. 3, 2011 – 60-46 at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats have a 5-7 road record in the series and have lost three straight at SEFCU Arena dating back to their 87-77 win Jan. 22, 2010.
    These programs have tipped off twice in the America East tournament. UNH prevailed 68-48 in a 2005 quarterfinal matchup at Hartford, whereas the Great Danes ousted the Wildcats from the 2007 tourney in the first round with a 64-61 first-round win at Binghamton.
    In the Jan. 16 matchup at SEFCU Arena, which was also on ESPN3, Albany 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).
    In the Feb. 27 rematch at Lundholm Gym (UNH's Senior Night), New Hampshire led 30-18 at halftime but Albany rallied for a 55-46 victory. Both teams struggled in the opening five minutes of the game as UA held a 4-3 lead before the Wildcats built a double-digit lead of 21-10 at 7:28. The Great Danes came out strong in the second half to trim the deficit to four points, but UNH answered back to reestablish a double-digit advantage of 36-26 at 13:26. Albany went on an 18-0 run the next eight minutes to grab a 44-36 lead with 4:35 remaining. The 'Cats did not get closer than four points the rest of the way. Morgan Frame tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for UNH, while the Great Danes' Megan Smith proved unstoppable with 20 points (9 of 14 FGs).

Scouting the Great Danes
    Top-seeded Albany finished the regular season at 25-3 overall with an unbeaten mark of 16-0 in America East and 11-1 at home.  Currently the team is on a 17-game winning streak and was not slowed down in their last outing vs. Stony Brook, winning the affair by a score of 60-49.
    Ebone Henry , a senior guard/forward, led the team to victory scoring 15 points, while senior forward Julie Forster grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
    Henry leads the team with 14.3 points per game, which is second in the conference. Forster is third in the America East – first on the team – with 8.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Lindsey Lowrie has the best 3-point field goal percentage on the team at .427, which is the best in the America East.
    In the America East conference, Albany is atop the leaderboard in offense (67.4 ppg), defense (48.6 ppg), FG% (.451), 3-pt FG% (.365), rebounding margin (+10.7), assists (15.3 apg) and steals (12.0 per game).

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