DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team concludes its season-long three game road trip against the University of Maine Black Bears on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7 p.m.) at the Cross Insurance Center.
SCOUTING MAINE: The Black Bears enter Wednesday's conference matchup with a 10-10 overall record and 4-3 against America East opponents. Maine looks to go above .500 after falling 65-49 to Stony Brook at home on Jan. 26.
Sophomore forward Liz Wood led Maine's scoring offense with 15 points to go along with five rebounds. Classmate Sophie Weckstrom chipped in nine points off the bench after hitting 3 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc. Senior guard Ashleigh Roberts also scored nine points in the loss.
Maine shot a .308 percentage (16 of 52) from the field while allowing a .435 (27 of 62) clip to Stony Brook. The Seawolves registered a .417 3-point shooting percentage (5 of 12), helping four players score in double-digits.
Roberts has been the go-to scorer for the Black Bears, scoring a team-high 13.9 ppg while starting in each of Maine's 20 games this season. The guard also leads her team in field goal percentage (.515).
Wood has been another key component of Maine's starting lineup. She scores 11.8 ppg and tops her team in rebounds with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Assisting Wood in the Black Bears starting five, sophomore guard Lauren Bodine. has registered 8.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 19 games played.
The Black Bears average slightly fewer points than their opponents this season. Maine scores an average of 64.8 ppg while yielding 66.9. From the floor, the Black Bears have constructed a .433 field goal percentage and tally 7.6 3-pointers per game.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the match up after their 75-68-road victory over UMass Lowell on Jan. 26. The conference win improved New Hampshire's overall record to 11-8 and upped its America East mark to 5-1.
Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) sank 7 of 12 field goals and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 23 points. This season, Anderson has averaged 6.1 ppg.
Two double-double performances aided the UNH offense in the victory. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass; 18 points and 10 rebounds) coupled with redshirt sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.; 12 points; 12 rebounds) guided the Wildcats back to their winning ways.
Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) chipped in 12 points and seven assists in the win. Coia (12.2 ppg) and Hogan (12.1 ppg) continue leading the team in scoring.
Belanger and junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) fuel the New Hampshire defense and rebounding in addition to their scoring talents. Belanger pulls down a team-leading 7.1 rpg and has tallied 8.7 ppg during the 2013-14 campaign. Kilpatrick has accumulated 7.9 ppg and paces the team in blocks with 31.
The Wildcats have scored an average of 58.3 ppg while allowing 57.7. UNH has also outshot its competitors this season, tallying a .393 shooting percentage compared to an opponent average of .353.
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
Here is the complete schedule:
||Jan. 26||at UMass Lowell|
|Dec. 18||Cleveland State||Feb. 6||UMBC|
|Dec. 22||Boston University||Feb. 16||Hartford|
|Jan. 7||Yale||Feb. 22||UMass Lowell|
|Jan. 11||Stony Brook||Feb. 26||Albany|
|Jan. 20||Vermont||Mar. 1||Maine|
A total of six regular-season games will be televised, including home games vs. Boston University, Stony Brook University, the University of Hartford, 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)|
|Jan. 26||at UMass Lowell||ESPN3|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports Atlantic
FOX College Sports Pacific
ALL-TIME SERIES AGAINST MAINE: UNH and Maine meet for the 74th time in the all-time series. The Wildcats trail the Black Bears in the lifetime match up with a 28-45 mark. However, the 'Cats has topped the Black Bears in the last seven decisions including taking three games at Maine in that span. The Black Bears' most recent win was Feb. 16, 2010 at home by a score of 69-61. In the last meeting at Orono, New Hampshire dropped a season-high 86 points to trump the Black Bears, 86-63 on Mar. 2, 2013.
MAGARITY VS. MAINE: UNH women's basketball head coach Maureen Magarity is 6-0 against the Black Bears entering her fourth season. Furthermore, the Wildcats' 86 points on Mar. 2, 2013 at Maine is the most New Hampshire has netted in regulation with Magarity at the helm.
SIBLING RIVALRY: Kristen Anderson of UNH and Courtney Anderson of Maine will compete against each other for the first time in their collegiate careers. Kristen, a freshman, has averaged 6.1 ppg in her first season with the Wildcats. Courtney, a junior, tallies 2.7 ppg this season for the Black Bears. The sisters have both appeared in 19 games this season.
HISTORIC AMERICA EAST START: The Wildcats started their conference schedule with four consecutive wins. UNH dropped its first conference decision against Albany on Jan. 23 (47-88). The 5-1 mark in conference play is the best six-game start to the America East schedule since the 1996-97 season.
REJUVENATED'CATS: After a 1-5 mark in December, New Hampshire has won seven of its last eight games in the month of January. It is the best record in the first month of the year since the 1991-92 Wildcats.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering on nine occasions and has won all nine decisions. New Hampshire is 1-1 when the score is deadlocked at halftime.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: New Hampshire is 2-0 when UNH has registered four different scorers with at least 10 points in a game. Against Colgate (Nov. 25), the quartet of Hogan (15), Coia (14), Anderson (11) and Belanger powered the 'Cats offense to a 63-58 victory. The Wildcats replicated the success against UMass Lowell (Jan. 26; 75-68) as Anderson led the way with 23 points followed by Belanger (18), Coia (12) and Hogan (12).
HOGAN REACHING MILESTONES: Hogan became the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score 1,000 points in a collegiate career. The senior point guard reached the milestone with a 14-point performance in a 65-40 win at home against Vermont (Jan. 20). The last Wildcat to reach the honor was Denise Beliveau on Dec. 3, 2011. In her career, Hogan has accumulated 1,024 points. The guard reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50). Currently, Hogan has tallied 330 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank seventh all-time in UNH women's basketball history. Furthermore, Hogan started in her 100th game of her collegiate career as a Wildcat in the game against Hartford (Jan. 18). The senior guard and three-time co-captain has started in every game but one in her career.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 27 the Wildcats are tied for 23rd in Division I scoring defense by hindering their opponents to 57.7 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 21th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .353 clip. The Wildcats boast the top spot in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), and defensive rebounds per game (27.6). Additionally, UNH ranks second in the America East in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense. This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 10 of 19 contests.
FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Wildcats have eclipsed 20 free throws made in wins against NJIT (Nov. 13; 53-40), Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53), Stony Brook (Jan. 11; 77-74 OT) and UMass Lowell (Jan. 26; 75-68). In the game against the River Hawks, New Hampshire converted 16 consecutive free throws in the second half to notch the victory. UNH is 6-1 when it attempts more free throws.
COMEBACK KIDS: UNH erased an 18-point deficit in the first half to rally past Hartford, 61-56 (Jan. 18). The victory is the largest come-from-behind win New Hampshire has earned this season. Previously, New Hampshire's largest rally was eight points against Brown (Jan. 3; 77-74, OT).
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. The 35 points is the most scored by a Wildcat this season. 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 second on the team and tied for ninth in America East with 12.1 ppg. The senior guard now is the 17th member of the 1,000-point club, reaching the milestone in a win against Vermont (60-45; Jan. 20).
HOGAN ON THE CONFERENCE CALL: Hogan holds the second highest 3-point percentage with a .500 clip in six conference games played. Additionally, Hogan has accumulated 15.3 ppg in America East games to rank fourth in the conference.
CC'S COURT: Coia ranks first on the team in scoring and seventh in America East with 12.2 ppg this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 15 of 19 games this season, a team-high. She leads the team in double-doubles this season with five, most recently in a 12 point 12 rebound performance against UMass Lowell. (Jan. 27). The red shirt sophomore matched a career-high 19 points in a loss against Boston University (Dec. 22).
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 (31), and steals (14). Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 16.1 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .708 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 (61-67), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.
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). Belanger recorded her first double-double of her collegiate career (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a victory at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26 (75-68). Currently, the guard leads the team rebounds and ranks sixth in America East, averaging 7.1 rpg.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 7 of 19 games this season. Kilpatrick and Coia leads the team with four double-doubles. Belanger recorded her first collegiate double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 27; 75-68). UNH is 6-2 when a player registers a double-double.
CEDAR POINT: Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games and has matched a career-high three treys on two occasions. She recorded a career-high six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). In addition, Gaston leads the 'Cats in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and ranks fourth in the conference.
THEY CALL ME GERM: Senior forward/guard Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) has matched her career-high of 3-pointers in a game with two on three occasions this season. The senior has posted a pair of treys in back-to-back games at UMBC (Jan. 18) and Hartford (Jan. 20). Frankenberger recorded the game-tying shot from beyond the arc in the come from behind win against the Hawks.
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Anderson 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.
OVERTIME THRILLERS: UNH played in its first overtime game since January 2, 2013 (at Vermont) prevailing 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 third in America East in blocks (53) and blocks per game (2.8) this season. Kilpatrick tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 7-2 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint.
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 8¬¬-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger has led the 'Cats in rebounding eight times this season.
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 on Jan. 6. 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 (Jan. 3). 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 seventh in career assists with 330; she tallied #300 on Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. The senior guard became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club in a victory over Vermont on Jan. 20. 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-||139|
|7. Ashley Cerniglia
|8. Julie Donlon
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|1. Kelly Karil||1994-98||404|
|2. Whitney Edwards||2003-07||382|
|3. Martha Morrison||1978-82||368|
|4. Amy Simpson||2006-10||361|
|5. Kelly Donohue||1997-01||341|
|6. Julie Donlon||1987-91||336|
|7. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-
|8. Linda Neilson||1980-83||328|
|9. Karen Pinkos||1984-88||326|
|10. Michelle Altobello||1984-88
|1. Kris Kinney||1985-89||2,231|
|2. Laura Seiden||1989-93||1,602|
|3. Sheila Danker||1993-97||1,539|
|4. Maren Matthias||2000-04||1,503|
|5. Orsi Farkas||1996-00||1,434|
|6. Denise Beliveau||2007-12||1,365|
|7. Danielle Clark||2003-07||1,331|
|8. Candace Williams||2006-10||1,277|
|9. Theresa Redmond||1979-83||1,252|
|10. Pam Brandell||1993-97||1,140|
|11. Aubrey Danen||1998-03||1,087|
|12. Gail Jackson||1980-84||1,081|
|13. Amy Simpson||2006-10||1,063|
|14. Kendall Daly||1989-93||1,061|
|15. Kelly Butterfield||1981-85||1,030|
|16. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||1,024|
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||70
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 521-506 for a .507 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: The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.) to welcome Binghamton University in its annual Play 4Kay game. Fans who wear pink to the game will get free admission. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.