GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Returns Back Home to Battle Howard, Dec. 4 (7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to Lundholm Gymnasium to take on the Howard University Bison Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m.
SCOUTING HOWARD: Howard enters the matchup with a 2-6 record after losing their fifth straight game to University of Delaware 69-44 on Sunday, Dec. 1. The Bison are undefeated at home this season (2-0), but have yet to win a game on any other court. Howard's two victories came against Jackson State (Nov. 11; 83-63), and New Jersey Institute of Technology on (Nov. 17; 80-73). This season, Howard ranks third in the MEAC in blocks (4.4 per game). However, the Bison are last in rebounding margin (-12.9) and second to last in field goal percentage (.334).
Redshirt freshman guard Te-Shya Heslip is the leading scorer in points per game for the Bison, averaging 14.8. Additionally, Heslip is the team leader in rebounds (36), assists (30) and steals (24). Howard's top shot blocker, sophomore center Victoria Gonzalez, ranks fifth in the MEAC, recording 1.6 per game. Freshman guard Aaliyah Wilson has an assist to turnover ratio of 0.94, ranking first on the team.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire enters Wednesday's contest with a 3-3 record after losing to Bryant 67-61 on Sunday, Dec. 1. Down by 14 points in the second half, the Wildcats climbed back to within three. However, UNH could not complete the comeback as the Bulldogs halted the 'Cats rally. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) led all scorers with a season-high 17 points, including 4-for-13 from the field. Hogan's four treys matched a career-high. This season, New Hampshire leads the America East in scoring defense (allowing only 53 points per game), and assist/turnover ratio (0.9). However, they have struggled in 3-point field goal percentage, only converting on 25% of their shots from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) leads the America East in blocks per game (2.2) and ranks sixth in the conference in rebounding (7.3 rpg). UNH's top scorer, sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.), ranks eleventh in the America East, recording 12.0 ppg. Senior guard/forward Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) boasts an assist to turnover ratio of 2.2, ranking first on the team in the category and fourth in America East.
This season, New Hampshire tallies 59.3 points per game while surrendering 53.0 to its opponents. Wildcat shooters have compiled a .399 percentage from the floor and have a 25.0 percent success rate from 3-point range. The 'Cats snag 37.3 boards a game and hold a .93 assist/turnover ratio.
NICE TO MEET YOU: This is the first time that Howard and New Hampshire have met for a women's basketball contest. UNH only faces one new opponent during the 2013-14 regular season.
CAREER EFFORTS: Two Wildcat players reached or set new personal bests in the 67-71 loss at Bryant (Dec. 1). Kelsey Hogan matched a career-high in 3-pointers with four as all of her field goals made were from beyond the arc. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; 13) registered career-high scoring efforts.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan has paced the Wildcats in scoring in the last three games. Hogan dropped a season-high 17 points in a 67-60 loss at Bryant on Sunday, Dec. 1. Additionally, Hogan's 17 points is the highest single game total a Wildcat player has tallied this season.
KAYLEE KILLA: Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in rebounds (7.3 per game), blocks (2.1 per game), steals (1.6 per game) and free throw percentage (.875).
CC'S COURT: Sophomore forward Corrine Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 12.0 ppg. The 6-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 4 of 5 games this season. She 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 Dec. 3, 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 (.337), blocked shots (3.5 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 6 contests.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 3-0 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. However, the three 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 four different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Corinne 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 (Greene, Maine) joined the group as she eclipsed scored 11 points off the bench as she was welcomed by Hogan (15) and Coia (14) in a 63-58 win over Colgate (Nov. 25). Ariel Gaston posted a career-high 13 points as the guard was accompanied by Hogan (17) and Kilpatrick (15) in a 67-61 road loss to Bryant.
DUE NEXT: The Wildcats will visit intrastate rival Dartmouth College fo a non-conference match on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. The next UNH home game is slated for Wednesday, Dec. 18 at noon against Cleveland State University. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.