February 5, 2014

GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Looks to Complete Season Sweep at Home Against UMBC (Feb. 6, 7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team seeks to complete the season sweep against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers for an America East contest on Thursday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium.

RADIO: WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester, WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester, Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Jim Jeannotte
COLOR COMMENTARY: Mike Murphy

SCOUTING UMBC: The Retrievers enter the match up with a 2-19 record overall and a 1-8 mark in America East play. Most recently, the Retrievers fell to the University of Maine Black Bears 61-48 on Saturday, Feb. 1. UMBC has dropped its last eight decisions.

Freshman forward Sara Tarbert tallied a game-high 22 points and corralled seven rebounds. Classmate Taylor McCarley chipped in nine points and four rebounds.

Tarbert ranks fifth in America East in both points (13.2) and rebounds (6.9) per game for the Retrievers. Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell, paces the conference in blocked shots, racking up 1.9 per game. Freshman guard Emily Russo leads the Retrievers in 3-point percentage (.321), steals per game (1.5) and assist to turnover ratio (1.3).

UMBC has averaged 49.4 ppg while allowing 63.8 to its opponents. Retriever shooters have constructed a .385 field goal percentage and a .249 clip from 3-point range. On the boards, UMBC garners 32.2 rpg.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats look for their fourth consecutive victory after topping the Binghamton University Bearcats, 72-52 (Feb. 2). New Hampshire is second in America East with a 13-8 record overall and 7-1 against conference challengers.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) tallied a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds in the win over the Bearcats.  Freshman guard Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) notched 14 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) and senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) logged double-digit scoring efforts of 13 and 10 respectively. 

Hogan ranks eighth amongst America East scorers by averaging 12.1 ppg this season. Coia eclipses double figures in points with 11.9 ppg. Belanger (9.3 ppg) and junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 8.0 ppg) provide the Wildcats additional firepower.

Belanger is the top rebounder on the squad, snagging 6.9 rpg, fifth-best in America East. Kilpatrick has notched 1.5 blocks per game to rank second in the conference. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) carries a team-best 1.7 assist turnover ratio.

UNH logs 59.7 ppg while conceding 58.2 to its opponents. The Wildcats have constructed a .405 field goal percentage while defending the floor at a .364 clip. Collectively, New Hampshire has corralled 37.2 rpg. 

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 versus 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 UMBC: New Hampshire trails UMBC in the all-time series with a 10-12 record. The Wildcats held the Retrievers to a series-low 47 points as part of a, 60-47, win at the RAC Arena in their last meeting (Jan. 15). New Hampshire has won the last two contests at Lundholm Gymnasium against UMBC. The last time the 'Cats swept the Retrievers in the season series dates back to the 2004-05 season. ­­­UNH is 3-5 under head coach Maureen Magarity and 2-1 in Durham.

­­­HISTORIC AMERICA EAST START: The Wildcats are halfway through their conference slate and boast a 7-1 record in America East. After winning its first four America East contests, UNH dropped its first conference decision against Albany on Jan. 23 (47-88). New Hampshire has bounced back after the loss and won three consecutive games since. The 7-1 mark in America East play matches its best eight-game start to a conference schedule since the 1992-93 season. With a win over UMBC, it would be the best nine-game conference stretch in program history.

REJUVENATED 'CATS: After a 1-5 mark in December, New Hampshire has won nine of its last 10 games. It matches the best record in the first month of the year since the 1991-92 Wildcats.

40 PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR: When UNH collectively registers at least a .400 field goal percentage from the field, the Wildcats are 8-0 this season. Additionally, seven of the eight occurrences have happened in the 2014 calendar year and six against America East opponents.  

WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering halftime on 10 occasions and has won all 10 games. However, the Wildcats are 2-6 when trailing at the midway point.

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 games decided by five points or fewer.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: New Hampshire is 4-0 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 (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). Belanger again spearheaded the scoring effort against Binghamton with 18 points in a 72-53 win over Binghamton (Feb. 2). She was accompanied by Anderson (14), Coia (13) and Hogan (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 for UNH on eight occasions, a team-high. 

WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 10-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger has led the 'Cats in rebounding nine times this season.  

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 (Jan. 3), Anderson registered 30 points in a 77-74 win. 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. New Hampshire has two of the six 30-point games around the conference this season and the only one against an America East foe. 

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 1,048 points to rank 15th all-time in program history. Furthermore, 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 344 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank fifth 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: In the latest NCAA rankings, the Wildcats are 27th in Division I by holding their opponents to 58.2 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 43rd in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .364 clip. The Wildcats boast the top spot in America East in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.270), and defensive rebounds per game (27.1). Additionally, UNH ranks second in the America East in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 11 of 21 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. New Hampshire boasts the top free throw percentage in America East with a .725 clip on 243 of 335 shooting. This season, UNH is 8-1 when it attempts more free throws.

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 eighth in America East with 12.1 ppg. The senior guard became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club, reaching the milestone in a win against Vermont (60-45; Jan. 20).

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 recorded her first double-double of her collegiate career (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a victory at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26 (75-68). Belanger 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). The guard followed the 20-point performance by notching a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds in a 72-53 win against Binghamton (Feb. 2). Currently, the guard leads the team rebounds and ranks sixth in America East, averaging 6.9 rpg.  

CC'S COURT:
Coia ranks second on the team in scoring and ninth in America East with 11.9 ppg this season. Furthermore, she leads the team in field goal percentage with a .480 clip to rank fifth in the conference. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 16 of 21 games this season, a team-high. She has recorded four double-doubles this season, most recently registering 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-68 win 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 co-captain for the 2013-14 season by 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. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (61-67), she notched a season-high 15 points. The junior racked up a career-high five blocks as part of a double-double effort (11 points, 10 rebounds) in a win against Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53). Between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, the 6-foot-4 forward tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games.


DOUBLE TROUBLE:
New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 8 of 21 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 6-2 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 of three treys on two occasions. She recorded a personal-best six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). In addition, Gaston leads the 'Cats in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) 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 at 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 Wildcat to accomplish the feat on Feb. 7, 1986 at home against Boston University.

COMEBACK KIDS:
 UNH erased an 18-point deficit in the first half to rally past Hartford (Jan. 18) in a 61-56 win. The victory is the largest come-from-behind win New Hampshire has earned this season. In spite of that, the Wildcats are just 2-6 when trailing at halftime.


'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION:
The UNH women's basketball team has been garnered three conference awards during the 2013-14 season.

Belanger was tabbed as the America East Player of the Week on Feb. 3. The weekly award Belanger has won in her collegiate career. Belanger averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for UNH in wins against the University of Maine (Jan. 29) and Binghamton University (Feb. 2). In the 74-73 win against Maine, the sophomore guard matched her career-high with 20 points, including the game-winning floater with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Furthermore, Belanger set a new career-high in steals with four swipes. Posting a 72-53 victory against Binghamton, Belanger paced the Wildcats in scoring and on the glass with 16 points and seven rebounds. In addition, she dished out a personal-best five assists.

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 on 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.

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. 

MILESTONE WATCH: Hogan became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club in a 65-40 victory over Vermont on Jan. 20, 2014. Currently, Hogan ranks 15th all-time in UNH women's basketball history with 1,048 points. The senior guard also ranks in the top five in career assists and 3-pointers made. Kilpatrick has also cracked the top ten in career blocks. 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. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 143
     
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. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 344
     
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 1989-91 1,061
15. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 1,048
     
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). Magarity has already surpassed her win tally (13) from last season (12) with eight regular season games remaining this season. 

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 523-506 for a .508 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

NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: The UNH athletic department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) during the game against the University of Hartford which will be streamed live on ESPN3. 

The event is to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for all girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies and programming in a matter that promotes social justice and change.

On game day, UNH will provide enrichment, face-painting, posters as well as the opportunity to learn a cheer from the UNH cheerleading squad during halftime. Children up to the eighth grade will get free admission into the game.  

NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of four premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, and the Women's Sports Foundation.

Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 432 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.

DUE NEXT: The Wildcats begin a two-game road swing at Stony Brook University on Sunday, Feb. 9 (2 p.m.). UNH is back at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.) to host the University of Hartford for its National Girls and Women in Sports game streamed live on ESPN3. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000.

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