March 7, 2013

Three Women's Basketball Players Receive America East All-Conference Recognition

ALBANY, N.Y.Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire were named to the 2013 America East Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team at the conference's annual banquet Thursday evening at the Albany Campus Ballroom. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was announced as an All-Rookie Team honoree.

Frame, a repeat Second Team selection from 2012, and Reed are the first Wildcat teammates named to the All-Conference Second Team since 1990, when Julie Donlon and Deb Dorsch were selected. This is the eighth time overall multiple UNH players have been named to the First, Second or Third team in the same year. 

Belanger is the 12th UNH Wildcat to garner All-Rookie Team accolades from the conference. The previous honoree was current junior guard and co-captain Kesley Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) in 2011.

Frame leads UNH 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.

The 6-foot-1 senior forward, who is the only Wildcat to start all 28 games, has been the team's leading scorer seven times and the top rebounder in 10 games. Frame has 16 double-digit scoring games, including a pair of 20-point efforts, recorded double figures in rebounding three times and tallied two double-doubles. 

Frame ranks in the Top 10 in America East in both scoring (eighth) and rebounding (fifth); she is also eighth in free throw percentage (.654). She was honored as the conference Player of the Week on Jan. 14 after recording 20 points and a career-high matching 12 rebounds in a 63-62 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gym.

Reed, a 6-foot senior guard, leads UNH 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 recorded seven double-digit rebounding efforts and five double-doubles. 

The co-captain ranks third in America East in scoring and eighth in rebounding. She doesn't qualify to be atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.862), but is sixth in minutes well as fourth in both 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and 3-point field goal percentage.

Reed currently has the second best single-season free throw percentage in school history. Her 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 enters the postseason at No. 17 on the program's career points leaderboard with 932. She is also No. 17 on the career blocks leaderboard at 41.

Belanger, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard, played in all 28 regular-season games and been in the starting lineup 17 times, including 10 of the last 13. She is averaging 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 23.9 minutes per game. With those numbers, Belanger ranks fifth on the squad in both scoring and rebounding, as well as minutes. 

In other statistics, Belanger is third in both 3-point field goals made (21) and 3-point field goal percentage (24.4%). She is also third in blocks with seven.

Belanger has scored in double figures four times and also has one double-digit rebounding effort as part of a double-double; she recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds in the 59-56 home win vs. Cornell University on Nov. 25. 

The rookie established a career high of 12 points off the bench against the University of Vermont on Feb. 6 and matched that point total with a career-high three 3-pointers Feb. 16 at Boston University.

New Hampshire concluded the regular season with an 11-17 overall record and tied for fourth place in the America East standings at 6-10. The fifth-seeded Wildcats tip off against No. 4 Stony Brook University (14-15, 6-10 AE) in a March 8 America East Championship quarterfinal. Game time is 6 p.m. at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

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