GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Looks for its Third-Straight Win Hosting Binghamton in Play 4Kay Game (Feb. 2, 1 p.m.)

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PLAY-BY-PLAY: Jim Jeannotte

COLOR COMMENTARY: Mike Murphy

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball returns to the confines of Lundholm Gymnasium to host the Binghamton University Bearcats on Sunday, Feb. 2 (1 p.m.) in its annual Play 4Kay game. 

SCOUTING BINGHAMTON: The Bearcats enter Sunday's game with a 4-17 overall record and 1-7 in America East play. Binghamton looks to bounce back after losing its sixth straight game, a 65-54 home loss against UMass Lowell on Jan. 30.

Sophomore forward Morgan Murphy carried the offensive load for the Bearcats, notching a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Sherae Swinson contributed eight points and eight rebounds in the loss. Additionally, senior guard Stephanie Jensen's eight assists helped facilitate Binghamton's offense. 

Binghamton finished the contest with a .328 field goal percentage (22 of 67) compared to UMass Lowell's .393 (24 of 61) clip. The Bearcats struggled from beyond the arc, missing all 11 of their shot attempts.

Swinson has been Binghamton's most consistent scoring force this season. The junior has tallied 8.3 points per game while starting all 21 games. She also holds a team-high .778 free throw percentage and controls the boards with 5.2 rebounds per game. Jensen paces the Bearcats in 3-point field goal percentage with a .347 clip and averages 5.8 ppg.

Vaneeshia Paulk (8.3 ppg) and Morgan Murphy (7.9 ppg) have also given the team an offensive spark. 

Binghamton has recorded 49.5 ppg in relation to its opponents' 63.0, accounting for a -13.5 average scoring margin. The Bearcats have shot a .336 field goal percentage while surrendering a .401 mark. On the glass, Binghamton has averaged 33.6 rpg.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats are eying their third straight win after edging rival Maine 74-73 on Jan. 29.  New Hampshire is 12-8 overall and 6-1 against America East challengers.

Four Wildcats recorded double-digit scoring numbers against the Black Bears. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) matched her career-high with 20 points, including the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) both scored 14 points in the win. Moreover, Hogan recorded a game-high seven assists. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) notched her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

Hogan (12.2 ppg) and Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.; 11.9 ppg) are team's top scoring threats this season. Belanger (9.3 ppg) and Kilpatrick (8.1 ppg) have given the Wildcats additional offensive depth. Furthermore, Belanger paces the rebound effort by registering 6.9 rpg.

UNH records 59 ppg while conceding 58.5. The Wildcats have logged a .400 field goal percentage while defending the floor at a .363 clip. As a team, New Hampshire has accumulated 37.4 rpg. 

PLAY 4KAY: Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.

Kay Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. Before her death, she joined forces with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Since the Fund's inception, $8 million has been raised and $2.5 million has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women's cancers. The UNH women's basketball team will be selling pink t-shirts at the game for $5. All proceeds will go to the Play Yow Cancer Fund.

For more information about the Play Yow Cancer Fund, please visit play4kay.org

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:

Dec. 4    
Howard
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.

Dec. 22  
Boston University        
WBIN (Comcast 18, Over the Air 50, Fios 6, DirecTV 50, Dish Network 50)
Jan. 11
Stony Brook Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466, Over the Air 50.2)
Jan. 26 at UMass Lowell ESPN3
Feb. 16 Hartford ESPN3
Feb. 22 UMass Lowell FOX College Sports Atlantic
Mar. 1 Maine

FOX College Sports Pacific 

ALL TIME SERIES AGAINST BINGHAMTON: The Wildcats trail the all-time series with a 7-19 overall record. UNH has a 4-9 mark when hosting Binghamton and has dropped its last six decisions. The Wildcats most recent home win dates back to January 17, 2007 (58-55 in overtime). 

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 6-1 mark in conference play is the best seven-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 eight of its last nine games in the month of January. It matches 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.

NAILBITERS: The Wildcats are 5-2 this season in games decided by five points or less. Additionally, UNH is 2-0 when games are decided in overtime. New Hampshire has matched its win total from last season in matches in matches decided by five points or fewer.   

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), Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine; 11) and Belanger (10) 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). Belanger paced the scoring quartet with 20 points in a 74-73 win over Maine on a last second floater. The sophomore guard was followed by Gaston (14), Hogan (14) and Kilpatrick (10). 

PICK YOUR POISON: The Wildcats have registered six different leading scorers this season. Anderson, Belanger, Coia, Gaston, Hogan and Kilpatrick have all led the team in points in a single game during the 2013-14 season. Coia has led the scoring four UNH on eight occasions, a team-high.

ECLIPSING 30: Anderson and Hogan have each tallied 30-point performances in overtime this season. The tandem is the first to accomplish 30-point efforts since the 2011-12 season. Against Brown, Anderson registered 30 points in a 77-74 win at Brown (Jan. 3). Hogan notched 35 points at home in a 71-68 victory over Stony Brook (Jan. 8). Both the 30-point efforts were career-highs for the guards.

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 1,038 points to rank 16th all-time in program history. 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 337 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank sixth 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. 31 the Wildcats are tied for 28th in Division I scoring defense by holding their opponents to 58.5 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 39th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .363 clip. The Wildcats boast the top spot in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), and defensive rebounds per game (27.3). 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 20 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. In conference play, the 'Cats boast the top free throw percentage with a .752 clip on 103 of 037 shooting. This season, UNH is 7-1 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. Before 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 first 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).  

CC'S COURT: Coia ranks first on the team in scoring and 10th in America East with 11.9 ppg this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 15 of 20 games this season, a team-high. She has recorded four double-doubles this season, 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).

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). The Acton, Mass. native matched her career-high of 20 points, which included the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds left in a 74-73 win over Maine (Jan. 29). Currently, the guard leads the team rebounds and ranks sixth in America East, averaging 7.1 rpg.

KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in blocks with 31. Furthermore, Kilpatrick leads the teams in double-doubles with five. The 6-foot-4 forward has also raised her free throw percentage by 12.2 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, Kilpatrick forward has compiled a .701 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. 

DOUBLE TROUBLE: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 8 of 20 games this season. Kilpatrick leads all players in double-doubles with five. Coia has registered four double-doubles of her own. Belanger recorded her first collegiate double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 27; 75-68). UNH is 7-2 when a player registers a double-double.

CEDAR POINT: Gaston 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 (1.6) 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 in a 77-74 overtime win at Brown on Jan. 3. Before Anderson, Kris Kenney was the last to accomplish 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 (55) and blocks per game (2.8) this season. Kilpatrick tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11. The 6-foot-4 forward ranks second in America East with 31 blocks this season. 

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 9-1 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:

3-POINTERS MADE
 
NAME YEAR #
1.    Amy Simpson  
2006-2010 193
2.    Heidi Plencner              
1998-2002 179
3.    Cari Reed                
2009-2013 178
4.    Kelly Karl            
1994-1998 142
5.    Denise Beliveau            
2007-2012 141
6.    KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 140
     
ASSISTS
   
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. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 337
     
POINTS    
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.    KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 1,038
     
BLOCKS
   
1.   Denise Higgins             
1980-84 
186
2.   Maren Matthias        
 2000-04    
153
      Jill McDonald               
2007-11 153
4.   Pam Brandell               
1994-98 114
5.   Ray Williams              
2007-12 84
6.   Kris Kinney               
2004-07 77
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 522-506 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:

Mark
Date Opponent
Result Game Record
1st 12/12/75
Maine-Gorham 
64-60 1 1-0
100 01/25/83
at Yale 75-56 155 100-55
200 12/09/90
UMass 66-60 336 200-136
300
02/25/96
at Boston U. 85-60 523 300-223
400 03/01/03 
Stony Brook 70-67 OT 717 400-317
500 02/22/12 Maine 65-53 983 500-483

DUE NEXT: The Wildcats remain in Durham as the Wildcats host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers on Thursday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.). For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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