November 16, 2013

Women's Basketball Set to Clash With Northeastern

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to three games, hosting Northeastern University for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: The Huskies enter the match up with a 1-1 record, defeating Boston University 73-62 and most recently falling to Rutgers 51-65. In the contest against the Scarlet Knights, junior guard Jewel Tunstull a double-double effort with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Huskies shot 29.8 percent (17-57) from the floor, and 27.8 percent (5-18) from 3-point range. NU was able to outshoot the Scarlet Knights from the free-throw line, landing 12 of 17, good for 70.6 percent. Against the Terriers, A'lece Mark scored a game and career-high 28 points. Jewel Tunstull joined Mark in double figures with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Kazzidy Stewart scored nine points, Tiffany Montagne added eight, Samantha DeFreese tallied six, Amencie Mercier contributed five, and Sade Iriah registered three to round out the scoring for NU. As a team, the Huskies have averaged 62 points per game while conceding 63.5 to their opponents. Northeastern has shot 36.4 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Opponents have outrebounded the Huskies by a slight margin of 84-82.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team earned its first road win of the season to prevail over the New Jersey Institute of Technology 53-40 at the Fleisher Athletic Center Wednesday evening. Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) led all scorers with 16 points, shooting 6-of-15 from the field. Kaylee Kilpatrick (St. John, New Brunswick) registered a double-double on 10 points and a personal best 13 rebounds. Additionally, the 6-4 forward recorded a team-high three blocks. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) netted a career-high 11 points while pulling down eight boards. The Wildcats shot 31.4 percent from the field (16-for-51), including 40 percent (10-25) in the second half effort. NJIT was hindered to a 24.1 (14-58) field goal percentage, a season-low. UNH held a 44-40 rebounding advantage and converted a season-high 91.4 percent (21-of-23) of its free throws.

RIVALRY RENEWED: The Wildcats and Huskies meet for the first time since Dec. 14, 2008. Northeastern used to be a member of America East before departing to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2005. The Huskies and 'Cats have five wins apiecein the last 10 games. Marking the 60th matchup between the two schools, UNH leads the overall series 33-26. 

AGAINST THE CAA: UNH boasts a 87-47 record against members of the Colonial Athletic Conference. The last time New Hampshire played against a CAA opponent came against Northeastern at home in a 70-62 victory in its last matchup.

DISH THE ROCK: Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) became the first Wildcat to register eight assists in a game since Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) accomplished the feat dating back to Dec. 29, 2010. Anderson accounted for 30.7 percent of the assists in the game against Worcester State. Furthermore, the last time a Wildcat dished out seven assists in a contest was Cari Reed against the Highlanders on Dec. 30, 2011. The 'Cats possess the highest average of assists per game in America East to distribute 17.5 assists per game.

FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: New Hampshire led the America East in free throw percentage last season with a .704 percentage. The Wildcats returns their second and third best free throw shooters from last season. Headlining the team, Hogan held the second highest average last season, hitting 82.7% of her shots. Elizabeth Belanger, who placed third from the charity stripe, scored 72.7% of her attempts. This season, Frankenberger remains perfect from the line, shooting 2-for-2. In her career, the forward has stroked 84.7% of her free throws. As a team, the Wildcats possess the conference's best free throw percentage, burying 86.7 percent of their shots.

LOCK DOWN DEFENSE: UNH limited the opposition to less than 60 points in six consecutive games before Maine scored 63 in the 2012-13 regular-season finale. This season, New Hampshire limited its opponent under 60 points in both contests, conceding  a conference best 35 points per game. UNH also  holds the top field goal and 3-point defense in America East, hindering its opponents to percentages of .256 and .182 respectively.    

HITTING THE BOARDS: New Hampshire outrebounded the opponent in 17 of 30 regular-season games and the total was equal three times during the 2012-13 campaign. This season, the Wildcats have held the rebound margin in both games and average 39.5 boards per game. In addition, the 'Cats have also outrebounded their opponents on an average of nine boards per contest.

AT LUNDHOLM: The Wildcats were 7-5 overall last season playing at Lundholm Gymnasium. Furthermore, New Hampshire was 3-1 against non-conference opponents when playing in Durham. UNH's only lost against a non-conference opponent last season came against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 9; 43-32). New Hampshire began its 2013-14 campaign with a 77-30 win over Worcester State at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 9.

WINNING BIG: UNH defeated Worcester state by a margin of 47 points on Saturday, Nov. 9. The last time New Hampshire topped an opponent by 40 points or more dates back to Jan. 21, 1984, trumping Concordia on the road 91-45. New Hampshire holds the largest scoring margin in America East, topping its opponents by 30 points per game.

DUE NEXT: The Wildcats take the road again, visiting Central Connecticut State University for a midweek contest. The Blue Devils and Wildcats do battle on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. UNH then returns home to host Colgate University Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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