DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to win back-to-back games as the Wildcats visit Bryant University to take on the Bulldogs on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING BRYANT: The Bulldogs enter the matchup with a 1-4 record overall. After topping Vermont in its first game of the season, Bryant has lost four straight contests, most recently on the road against Holy Cross (Nov. 23; 75-55).
Averaging 36.2 minutes a game this season, senior forward Naana Ankoma-Mensa leads the Bulldogs in minutes played and in scoring with 13 points per game. Also averaging 13 ppg, senior guard Courtney Schissler logs 34.8 minutes on the floor. The tandem combines for 39 percent of the Bulldogs' scoring.
Controlling the glass, Ankoma-Mensa pulls down 10 rebounds a game to lead the team. Graduate student guard Meredith Soper and Schissler assist the rebound effort to chip in 5.8 rpg apiece.
Bryant averages 66 ppg while allowing 78.2. From the floor, the Bulldogs have averaged a 41.4 percent field goal percentage while defending shooters to a 48.5 percentage. The Bulldogs have hit 40 percent of their shots from beyond the arc while guarding the 3-point line to a 43.9 percentage. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs have posted a .727 percentage. Bryant averages 37.8 rebounds per game while surrendering 30.4. Currently, the Bulldogs hold a 0.7 assist to turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats returned to their winning ways back at Lundholm Gymnasium, as UNH was triumphant over the Colgate University Raiders, 63-58, on Monday, Nov. 25.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) paced three UNH scorers in double figures, posting 15 points. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) notched her first career double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds. Coming off the bench, freshman forward Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) tallied a career-high 11 points.
The 'Cats shot 24 of 62 (38.7 percent) from the field, including 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Raiders compiled a .323 field goal percentage (21 of 65) and was held to just 3 of 19 (15.8 percent) from 3-point range. The Wildcats held the rebounding advantage over the Raiders with a 45-41 advantage.
This season, New Hampshire tallies 59.0 points per game while surrendering 50.2 to its opponents. Wildcat shooters have compiled a .401 percentage from the floor and have a 20.5 percent success rate from 3-point range. The 'Cats pull down 39.8 boards a game and hold a .92 assist/turnover ratio.
Coia leads all shooters with 13.8 ppg. This is followed by co-captains Hogan and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) with averages of 10.6 and 8.6 respectively. Kilpatrick is the top rebounder and passer for UNH as the 6-4 forward averages 8.6 boards and 2.8 assists per game. Kilpatrick holds the highest percentage from the floor with a .846 field goal percentage. Hogan (.833) and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany; .800) also hold averages of at least .800 from the field.
FUN FACT:This is the second time Bryant and New Hampshire have played each other in its history. The Bulldogs won the first match back on Nov. 14, 2008 in a 69-66 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats have never played at the Chace Athletic Center Gym.
AGAINST THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Wildcats boast a .647 winning percentage against current members of the Northeast Conference. This season, the Wildcats are 0-1 against members of the NEC.
AGAINST SCHOOLS FROM THE OCEAN STATE: New Hampshire holds a slight advantage with a 30-28 record against schools from Rhode Island. However, the last win in the Ocean State came on Dec. 18, 2011 against the University of Rhode Island in a 52-33 victory.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan has paced the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points in each of the last two games. Before that, Hogan's season-high was nine points at home against Northeastern (Nov. 16).
KAYLEE KILLA: Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in rebounds (8.6 per game), blocks (2.0 per game), steals (1.4 per game) and free throw percentage (.846).
CC'S COURT: Junior forward Corrine Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 13.8 ppg. The 6-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 4 of 5 games this season. She most recently reached double figures in rebounds as part of her first collegiate double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a win against Colgate (Nov. 25).
GETTING DEFENSIVE: As of Nov. 24, New Hampshire's scoring defense ranks tied for sixth in Division I hindering its opponents to 48.3 ppg. Additionally, the Wildcats rank first in four different defensive categories amongst America East institutions. The categories are: scoring defense (50.2 points per game), defensive field goal percentage (.311), blocked shots (3.4 blocks per game) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9). Furthermore, UNH ranks second in America East in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.232). This season, New Hampshire limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 4 of 5 contests.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 3-0 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. However, the two losses the 'Cats have surrendered this season is when an opponent has either outscored UNH in the paint or the points are even.
THE OPENING TIP: New Hampshire is 3-0 this season when the Wildcats control the opening tip. UNH has yet to win a contest when the opponent controls possession to start the game.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: All three times UNH has held a lead entering halftime the Wildcats have came out victorious. New Hampshire has only trailed once entering the midway break in which the Wildcats were defeated by Northeastern, 70-50 (Nov. 16).
WIPING GLASS: Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.), Corrine Coia and Kaylee Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. Belanger pulled down 10 rebounds in a 70-50 loss against Northeastern (Nov. 16). Kilpatrick reached double figures with a season-high 13 boards in a 53-40 win at NJIT (Nov. 13). In addition, the 6-4 forward notched a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in a 53-52 loss at Central Conn. (Nov. 20). Coia recorded her first collegiate double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a winning effort against Colgate (Nov. 25). As a team, UNH is 3-0 when it controls the rebounding advantage.
10-10-10: UNH has had three different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Corrine Coia (16), Elizabeth Belanger (10) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (10) all notched at least 10 points in the season-opening win over Worcester State. Kelsey Hogan joined the duo of Coia and Kilpatrick in double-digit scoring in a one-point loss at Central Connecticut (Nov. 20). Kristen Anderson is the most recent shooter to eclipse 10 points with 11 off the bench as she was welcomed by Hogan (15) and Coia (14) in a 63-58 win over Colgate (Nov. 25).
DUE NEXT: UNH plays its next home game on Wednesday, Dec. 4 against Howard at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.