GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Visits Boston College for Non-Conference Matchup (Dec. 15)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to post back-to-back wins as the Wildcats visit Boston College at the Conte Forum on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles enter the game with a 5-5 record overall and have yet to play an ACC contest. After a three skid, Boston College has won its last two games against the University of Hartford (Dec. 8; 65-45) and Boston University (Dec. 11; 63-52).
Against BU, the Eagles possessed five scorers in double figures. Senior forward Kristen Doherty led the BC offense with 14 points while pulling down six rebounds in 38 minutes played. Senior center Katie Zenevitch tallied a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebounds while logging 35 minutes.
For the game, the Eagles shot 24 of 56 from the floor (42.9 percent) and 6 of 20 (30 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Boston College held the advantage on the boards with a 47-33 advantage. However, the Eagles turned the ball over 13 times against the Terriers' nine.
This season, Doherty is the leading scorer for Boston College, tallying 14.2 points per game in 10 games played. Sophomore guard Nicole Boudreau has also compiled over 10 points per game with a 10.4 average. From behind the arc, freshman Kelly Hughes is the top 3-point shooter as the 5-foot-11 guard has drained 23 of her 50 (.460 percentage) attempts from beyond the arc. Doherty and Zenevitch are the top rebounders for the Eagles to post averages of 6.2 and 6.0 per game respectively. The tandem is also the most efficient free throw shooters on the squad. Zenevitch holds a .826 free throw average on 19 of 23 attempts. Doherty has reached the charity stripe the most out of the Boston College players on 38 of 47 attempts (.809 percentage).
As a team, the Eagles have compiled a .429 field goal percentage while defending the floor at a .391 percentage. From 3-point range, Boston College has compiled a .372 success rate while defending the line to a .324 clip. The Eagles pull down 38.7 rebounds per game and possess a 1.02 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a 4-4 record overall and have not played an America East contest this season. New Hampshire ended a two-game skid as the Wildcats defeated the Dartmouth College Big Green 54-37 at Leede Arena on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) snagged 12 rebounds while tallying 10 points en route to her third double-double of the season. In addition, the 6-4 forward racked up three blocks and 26 minutes. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger paced the scoring for UNH with 11 points in 30 minutes played. Classmate and forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) tallied 10 points while guards Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) earned eight points each.
New Hampshire went 21 of 55 from the field (38.2 percent) while Dartmouth was held to a season-low 14 of 59 shooting (23.7 percent). The Wildcats owned the rebounding advantage with a plus-eight edge of 45-37. Dartmouth forced 12 turnovers while conceding 10.
The Wildcats have registered 56.2 points per game while yielding 50 to their opponents. New Hampshire shooters have assembled a .387 percentage from the floor and have a 25.8 percent success rate from 3-point range. The 'Cats snag 38.1 boards a game and hold a .91 assist/turnover ratio.
Coia paces UNH in scoring with 11.6 ppg. Hogan also averages double-digits in scoring with a 10.2 ppg. Kilpatrick is the most efficient shooter on the squad with a 48.4 field goal percentage. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) holds the highest 3-point field goal percentage as the junior guard has put together a 38.9 clip. Around the glass, Kilpatrick serves as the top rebounder and shot blocker. The co-captain has pulled down 61 rebounds to average 7.6 per game as well as 11 blocks.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BOSTON COLLEGE: UNH trails the all-time series against Boston College with an 8-14 record. The Wildcats last win came in Durham on Dec. 17, 1995 in a 67-64 victory. New Hampshire has played its last four games against Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Furthermore, the 'Cats have yet to win in the Conte Forum.
AGAINST THE ACC: New Hampshire is 12-27 against members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The last time UNH defeated an ACC institution was against Boston College on December 17, 1995 in a 67-64 win at Lundholm Gymnasium.
TENACIOUS D: The Wildcats boast the fifth-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 50 points per game. In addition, UNH holds the 10th lowest field-goal percentage defense (32.1) and the 15th lowest 3-point defense (24.1) in Division I. This season, New Hampshire limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 6 of 8 contests.
ROLLING OUT DUBS: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 4 of 8 games this season. Kilpatrick has notched three double-double efforts this season; most recently in a 54-37 victory at Dartmouth (Dec. 7). Coia has tallied the other double-double in a 14 point, 11 rebound effort against Colgate (Nov. 25; 63-58 win). UNH is 3-1 when a Wildcat records a double-double effort.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: Senior guard Kelsey Hogan is co-captain of the 2013-14 UNH Wildcats for a third consecutive season. Last year, she was a co-captain alongside Cari Reed. In the previous year, Hogan was co-captain with 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 of 92) two years ago. Kelsey Hogan has paced the Wildcats in scoring in three of the last six 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 was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity. Kilpatrick leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (15), rebounds (7.6), steals (11) and free throw percentage (.889). Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 11.7 points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-4 forward has compiled a .703 free throw percentage. Against Central Connecticut (Nov. 20), she matched a career-high in blocks with four. In a road loss at Bryant (Dec. 1), Kilpatrick set a new season high with 15 points.
Sophomore forward Corrine Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.9 ppg. The 6-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 6 of 6 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).
The Wildcats are 4-1 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. Howard is the only team to top UNH this season and be outscored by the Wildcats in the paint.
THE OPENING TIP
New Hampshire is 4-0 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 four times UNH has held a lead entering halftime the Wildcats have came out victorious. New Hampshire has only entered the midway point tied once (Nov. 20 at Central Connecticut). The Wildcats ended up losing in the final moments of the game in a 53-52 defeat.
Elizabeth Belanger, Corrine Coia, Ariel Gaston and Kaylee Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 4-0 when it controls the rebounding advantage.
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 (Dec. 1).
Kelsey Hogan ranks in the top 10 in 3-pointers made and assists in a career. She reached the 100 milestone Feb. 6 at home against Vermont Hogan is also No. 11 in career assists with 295; she tallied #250 Feb. 2, 2013 at Stony Brook. In addition, Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks in the top 10 in blocks in a career. Here is a look at the career lists:
|1. Amy Simpson
|2. Heidi Plencner
|3. Cari Reed
|4. Kelly Karl
|5. Denise Beliveau
|6. Ashley Cerniglia
|7. Julie Donlon
|8. KELSEY HOGAN
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|10. Melissa Pfefferle
|11. KELSEY HOGAN
|12. Kiki Proctor
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. Amy Simpson
|8. Aubrey Danen
|9. KAYLEE KILPATRICK
|10. Kathy Caldwell
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire returns to Durham to close out the 2013 year with a two game homestand. The Wildcats next contest is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18 (12 p.m.) against the Cleveland State University Vikings for Education Day at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH then hosts Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m.). For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.