DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team seek to remain unbeaten in America East play, visiting the University of Hartford Hawks for a conference match on Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m.) at the Chase Family Arena.
SCOUTING HARTFORD: The Hawks enter the game with a 4-12 record overall and 1-2 in America East play. Hartford has dropped its last two decisions on the road at Stony Brook (Jan. 8; 61-57) and at home against Albany (Jan. 12; 69-52).
Junior forward Cherelle Moore registered a double-double on 21 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Albany at home.
Moore leads the Hawks in scoring and on the board, posting 9.5 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Amber Bepko assists the scoring to tally 8.6 ppg. Freshman guard Deanna Mayza quarterbacks the offense with 46 assists this season.
The Hawks average 53.5 ppg while conceding 65.3 to its opponents this season. Hartford logs a .366 percentage from the field and registers a .315 clip from 3-point range. The Hawks has kept their opponents to a .405 field goal percentage and a .315 clip from beyond the arc. UH grabs 32.2 boards a game and possess a .62 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire owns an 8-7 record overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Wildcats extended its winning streak to four, topping the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers, 60-47 on Jan. 15.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) and junior guard/forward Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) logged point tallies of 14 and 13 respectively in the win. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) chipped eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) headlines the Wildcats in scoring with 12.1 ppg this season. Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) has led UNH in scoring on seven occasions and averages 11.8 ppg.
Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass; 7.0 rpg) and junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 6.4 rpg) are the top rebounders on the squad. Gaston (13 of 42; .310) is the most efficient 3-point shooter.
New Hampshire compiles 57.6 ppg while surrendering 55.9 to its opponents this season. The Wildcats have assembled a .391 field goal percentage and a .266 percentage from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has limited its opponents to a .345 field goal percentage and a .283 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats grab 37.5 boards a game and possess a .93 assist/turnover ratio.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 11 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:
WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester
WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester
Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com
A total of five 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.
||WBIN (Comcast 18, Over the Air 50, Fios 6, DirecTV 50, Dish Network 50)|
||Stony Brook||Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466, Over the Air 50.2)|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports Atlantic
|Mar. 1||Maine||FOX College Sports Pacific
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST HARTFORD: UNH trails in the all-time series against Hartford with a 28-32 mark. Last season, the two exchanged wins at home. The Wildcats prevailed in the last meeting, 51-49 at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 20, 2013. However, New Hampshire last won at Hartford on Feb. 12, 2003 (56-53).
AGAINST SCHOOLS FROM CONNECTICUT: Against schools from Connecticut, the Wildcats hold a 61-52 record. New Hampshire is 1-1 this season against schools from the Constitution State.
WINNING STREAK: New Hampshire has won its last four games, marking the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Wildcats have won four consecutive games. In addition, it is the first 2-0 start in America East play since 2004-05.
CAREER START NO. 100: Hogan will start in her 100th game of her career as a Wildcat in the game against Hartford. The senior guard and three-time co-captain has started in every game but one in her career.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: The Wildcats are 6-2 lifetime on Jan. 18, including a 4-1 record away from Durham, N.H.
1,000 POINT CLUB: Hogan is projected to be the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score at least 1,000 points in a collegiate career. The senior point guard would be the next Wildcat to reach the honor since Denise Beliveau logged her milestone point on Dec. 3, 2011. In her career, Hogan has accumulated 976 points.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 16, the Wildcats boast the 19th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 56.1 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 18th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .344 clip. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage (.281 percent), and defensive rebounds per game (27.7). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 8 of 15 contests.
CAREER-HIGHS FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Wildcats have eclipsed 20 free throws converted in back-to-back games against Yale (Jan. 7) and Stony Brook (Jan. 11). Coia recorded a personal best 13 of 17 free throws in a 58-53 win over the Bulldogs. In the overtime win against the Seawolves; Hogan netted a career-best 12 free throws on 14 attempts, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the line in extra time. The duo has scored 58 of 69 attempts for a .840 percentage since Dec. 15.
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. In the conference opener against Stony Brook (Jan. 11). Hogan netted a career-high 35 points, including eight points in overtime to pace UNH in a 71-68 win. Prior to the game against the Seawolves, Hogan's season-high in scoring was 17 in a 67-60 loss at Bryant (Dec. 1). The guard ranks eighth in America East with 12.1 ppg.
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in three different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank on the team in blocks (27), and steals (12). Kilpatrick's 27 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 12 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .692 free throw percentage. The junior racked up a career-high five blocks in a win against Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53), tied for the most by an America East player this season. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (67-61), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Coia ranks second on the team in scoring this season with 11.8 ppg, ninth-best amongst America East players. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 10 of 14 games this season, a team-high. She leads the team in double-doubles this season with four, most recently in a 15 point 12 rebound performance against Yale. (Jan. 7). The red shirt sophomore matched a career-high 19 points in a loss against Boston University (Dec. 22).
300 ASSISTS: Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50). Currently, Hogan has tallied 313 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank 10th all-time in UNH women's basketball history.
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) became the first Wildcat freshman to register at least 30 points since Kris Kenney accomplished the feat on Feb. 7, 1986 at home against Boston University. The 30-point performance by Anderson is the most scored by a Wildcat this season.
E-BOMB: Belanger notched a career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half in an overtime win at Brown (Jan. 3). The sophomore also racked up a personal best two blocks in a losing effort against Boston University (Dec. 22). Currently, the guard is second on the team rebounds and ranks seventh in America East, averaging 7.0 rpg.
CEDAR POINT: Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage with a .310 average. The junior has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games and has registered three treys on two occasions this season, both career-highs in a game. Gaston recorded a career-high six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE TREES: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 6 of 15 games this season. Kilpatrick leads the team with four double-doubles while Coia has garnered the three. The 6-foot-4 forward duo is 4-2 when either of them record a double-double.
OVERTIME THRILLERS: UNH played in its first overtime game since January 2, 2013 at Vermont. The Wildcats prevailed over the Brown University Bears in a 77-74 road victory on Jan. 3. It marked the first win in extra time for New Hampshire since it defeated Binghamton on the road 59-52 on Feb. 25, 2012. New Hampshire played in another overtime game just eight days later at home against Stony Brook (Jan. 11). The Wildcats were able to edge out the Seawolves, 71-68.
NO EASY BUCKETS: New Hampshire ranks tied for second in America East in blocks (44) and second in blocks per game (2.9) this season. Kilpatrick tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11. Furthermore, the junior accounts for 60 percent of UNH's blocks and leads the America East in blocked shots per game (1.8).
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 5-2 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 6-0 this season when the Wildcats control the opening tip. UNH has only won once (Jan. 7 against Yale; 58-53) when yielding the first possession.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering on seven occasions and has won all seven decisions. New Hampshire is 1-1 when the score is deadlocked at halftime. The Wildcats have yet to defeat an opponent when trailing at the midway point of the game.
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 5-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger Coia and Kilpatrick have led the Wildcats in rebounds four times this season. New Hampshire leads the America East with 27.3 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). Coia (15), Hogan (13) and Kilpatrick (10) all reached double figures for the second time as a trio in a 58-53 win against Yale (Jan. 7).
PRESEASON PREDICTIONS: The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was ranked fourth in the 2013-14 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16. UNH received 46 points, including one first place vote behind the University at Albany (64 points; eight first-place votes), University of Hartford (54) and Stony Brook University (48). The University of Vermont (30), University of Maine (27), UMBC (24) Binghamton University (23) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell (8) round out the nine-team poll.
'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: Anderson was selected as the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday, Jan. 6. The freshman garnered her first-ever collegiate career. Furthermore, the freshman guard is the first Wildcat to garner the honor since Hogan received the award on Jan. 3, 2011. Anderson tallied a career-high 30 points and eight rebounds, including nine points in overtime to power the Wildcats over the Brown University Bears, 77-74. The performance marked the first time a freshman garnered at least 30 points in a game since all-time UNH leading scorer Kris Kinney notched 33 against Boston University on Feb. 6, 1986.
Hogan was named to the 2013-14 America East Preseason All-Conference Team, announced by the conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The lone Wildcat representative, Hogan is the leading returner for the Wildcats in scoring this season, averaging 9.8 ppg in 2012-13. Powering UNH to its first conference semifinal appearance since 2005, the guard hit the game-winning trey as time expired to defeat Stony Brook in the quarterfinals, 49-46. Additionally, Hogan's 3-point buzzer beater was voted amongst the fans as the 2012-13 America East Moment of the Year. The senior captain logged in 32.9 minutes per game and dished out 73 assists last season, a team high.
MILESTONE WATCH: Hogan ranks in the top 10 in 3-pointers made and assists in a career. She reached the 100 milestone Feb. 6, 2013 at home against Vermont. Hogan is also 10th in career assists with 313; she tallied #300 on Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. The senior guard is also projected to be the 17th member of the 1,000-point club. Currently, Hogan ranks 17th among all-time UNH players with 976 points. 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. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||133|
|7. Ashley Cerniglia
|8. Julie Donlon
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|9. Michelle Altobello||1984-88
|10. KELSEY HOGAN
|11. Melissa Pfefferle||1984-88||310
|15. Heidi Plencner
|16. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||976|
|17. Kathy Sanborn
| Danielle Clark
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||66|
|8. Amy Simpson
|9. Aubrey Danen
|10. Kathy Caldwell
BASKETBALL ON THE GO: 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 on both web and mobile platforms. UNH will be broadcasted on AmericaEast.tv at every home game as well as away contests at conference institutions.
MARKED IMPROVEMENT: Under head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), 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 519-506 for a .506 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:
||at Boston U.||85-60||523||300-223|
||Stony Brook||70-67 OT||717||400-317|
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire's next home game will be Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.), as the Wildcats host the University of Vermont Catamounts. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.