DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team opens the 2014 calendar year when it travels to play Brown University on Jan. 3 (7 p.m.) in a non-conference match.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears enter the game with a 5-6 mark and have yet to play an Ivy League match this season. Most recently, Brown dropped a pair of games against Hampton (Dec. 29; 71-50) and Alabama State in overtime (Dec. 30; 82-81) in the Georgia Tech Christmas Invitational.
Sophie Bikofsky, Carly Wellington, Lauren Clarke, Jordin Alexander and Rebecca Musgrove all scored in double figures for Brown in the overtime loss against Alabama State.
The Bears compiled a .435 field goal percentage on 27 of 62 shooting while going 9 of 22 from 3-point range (40.9 percent) in the loss. Alabama State shot 25 of 59 from the floor to register a .458 field goal percentage and went 7 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Clarke, a senior guard, leads the Bears in scoring by averaging 16.9 points per game. Bikofsky, a junior guard, has averaged above 10 ppg with a 15.8 average. Wellington controls the boards as the senior forward leads the squad with 4.4 rebounds per game. Clarke is Brown's top 3-point shooter as she has hit 31 of 75 attempts for a .413 percentage.
Brown has logged 66.9 ppg while conceding 64.2 ppg to its opponents. The Bears have registered a .721 field goal percentage from the floor and has posted a .319 clip from beyond the arc. Defensively, Brown has limited its opponents to a .415 clip and .319 from 3-point range. The Bears gather 30.2 rpg and hold a 1.02 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a 4-7 record overall and have not played an America East contest this season. New Hampshire was tripped up at home to close the 2013 calendar year against Boston University, 69-58 (Dec. 22).
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) recorded her second career double-double with a personal-best 19 points and 11 rebounds, which matched her career high. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) reached double-digit points for the second consecutive game with 14 points for UNH. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) earned seven points and seven rebounds in the loss.
New Hampshire shot 23 of 63 (36.5 percent) from the floor and was 10 of 27 (37 percent) from 3-point range. Boston University went 22 of 61 (36 percent) from the field and 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Terriers were 10 of 13 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line.
Coia leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12.1 ppg. Hogan also averages over 10 ppg with a 10.4 average. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) controls the glass, grabbing 6.9 rpg and recording 20 blocks. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass) pitches in 6.8 rpg. Hogan (16 of 52; .308) and Gaston (13 of 33; .394) are the top shooters from 3-point range.
The Wildcats have accumulated 54.4 ppg while yielding 54.5 ppg to their opponents this season. New Hampshire shooters own a .378 percentage from the floor and have a 25 percent success rate from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has kept its opponents to a .339 field goal percentage and a .292 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats snag 37.6 boards a game and hold a .90 assist/turnover ratio.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BROWN: New Hampshire leads the all-time series against Brown with an 11-8 record. The Bears won the last meeting between the two schools on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: New Hampshire boasts a 63-35 record against schools from the Ivy League. This season, the Wildcats compete against Brown, Dartmouth and Yale from the Ancient Eight. The Wildcats last win came against Dartmouth in a 54-37 win on Dec. 7. The series between the schools began in Nov. 23, 1985 as Brown came away victorious by a score of 68-62.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: In the 39-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 2-4 record on Jan. 3. This will be the first-ever road game played for New Hampshire on the date.
AGAINST SCHOOLS FROM THE OCEAN STATE: New Hampshire holds a slight advantage with a 30-29 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 (52-33). UNH fell to Bryant on the road 67-61 on Dec. 1 earlier this season.
TENACIOUS D: As of Dec. 30, the Wildcats boast the 10th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 54.5 points per game. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 21st in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .339 clip. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal defense (.292 percent). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 6 of 11 contests.
ROLLING OUT DUBS: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 5 of 11 games this season. Kilpatrick has notched three double-double efforts this season while Coia has garnered the other two. UNH is 3-2 when a Wildcat records a double-double.
CAPTAIN HOGAN: 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 jump shooter who led not only the team but the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41 of 92) two years ago. Hogan dropped a season-high 17 points in a 67-60 loss at Bryant on Sunday, Dec. 1. In addition, Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50).
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in four different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (20), rebounds per game (6.9), steals (11) and free throw percentage (.889). Kilpatrick's 20 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 11.7 points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-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 on Dec. 1 (67-61), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.8 ppg. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 8 of 11 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). Coia notched her second career double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) in a 69-58 loss against Boston University. In addition, Coia's 19 points is the most by a Wildcat player this season.
A.G. FOR THREE: Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage with a .394 average. The junior has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games this season. The junior has registered three treys on two occasions this season, both career-highs in a game.
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) became the first Wildcat to register eight assists in a game since Kelsey Hogan accomplished the feat dating back to Dec. 29, 2010. Most recently, Anderson dished out seven assists in a loss to Boston University. Anderson headlines the squad in assists this season (31) and ranks ninth in the America East with 2.8 assists per game.
NO EASY BUCKETS: New Hampshire ranks second in America East in blocks (36) and blocks per game (3.3). Kilpatrick has notched at least one block in the last four games.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 4-2 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. Boston University and Howard are the only teams to defeat UNH this season and 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.
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and 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. Kilpatrick has led the Wildcats in rebounds four times this season. New Hampshire leads the America East with 27.5 defensive rebounds per game.
10-10-10: UNH has had four different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Coia (16), Belanger (10) and Kilpatrick (10) all notched at least 10 points in the season-opening win over Worcester State. Hogan joined the duo of Coia and Kilpatrick in double-digit scoring in a one-point loss at Central Connecticut (Nov. 20). Anderson 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). 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).
MILESTONE WATCH: 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 11th in career assists with 301; she tallied #300 Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. In addition, 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. KELSEY HOGAN
|8. Julie Donlon
|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
AMERICAEAST.TV:The America East Conference and NeuLion have collaborated to bring fans complete game coverage of all America East basketball games. The portal, AmericaEast.tv, brings fans exclusive content as well as live events, free of charge. UNH will be broadcasted on AmericaEast.tv at every home game as well as away contests at conference institutions.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 10 UNH women's basketball regular-season games during the 2013-14 season and will air the games of the America East Championships. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network affiliates include:
WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester
Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com
A total of four regular-season games will be televised, including home games vs. Boston University, Stony Brook University, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Maine. Every game of the America East Championships will be on ESPN3. Here is the complete schedule.
||Stony Brook||Live Well Network|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports|
|Mar. 1||Maine||FOX College Sports|
MARKED IMPROVEMENT: Under head coach Maureen Magarity, New Hampshire improved its win total seven games from the 2010-11 (nine victories) to 2011-12 seasons (16 victories) to tie the second-highest margin of improvement in program history. UNH also saw a seven-game improvement from 1998 (12) to 1999 (19), while the highest mark of eight games was from 1991 (10) to 1992 (18).
LEADER OF THE 'CAT PACK: The 2013-14 season marks the fourth season for UNH Wildcats head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), who became the sixth head coach in program history in May 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men's or women's – in the country. Magarity quickly made a positive impact on the program with a 37-52 record in her first three seasons; in comparison, UNH was a combined 33-87 the four years prior to her arrival.
Last season, Magarity led the Wildcats to their first appearances in the America East semifinals since 2005, topping Stony Brook 49-46 on a buzzer beater trey.
In just her second year at the helm in Durham, Magarity guided the Wildcats to their second postseason appearance (beyond conference postseason play) in the program's 37-year history when UNH advanced to the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational. New Hampshire finished the year with a 16-14 overall record to mark the team's first winning season since 2006 and most wins since 2002.
In her first season, Magarity led the Wildcats to a 9-20 overall record and they doubled their conference wins from the previous season.
500 AND COUNTING: Now in its 39th year as a varsity program, the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team has an overall record of 515-506 for a .504 winning percentage.
UNH recorded the 500th victory in program history Feb. 22, 2012 with a 65-53 win against Maine on Senior Day at Lundholm Gym. Here is a look at the century milestones:
||02/25/96||at Boston U.||85-60||523||300-223|
|400||03/01/03||Stony Brook||70-67 OT||717||400-317|
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire concludes non-conference play as the Wildcats entertain Yale University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.