GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Hosts America East Unbeaten Albany (Feb. 26, 7 p.m.)
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to stay in contention for a share of the America East regular season title, hosting conference unbeaten University at Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (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 ALBANY: The Great Danes enter the America East matchup with a 24-3 overall record and an unblemished 14-0 league mark. UAlbany has won 15 consecutive games, dating back to Jan. 4 at Northeastern (75-66). Furthermore, the Great Danes have won 37-straight conference games, tying the longest conference-winning streak in America East (Maine, 1995-1997) and Division I history (Hampton, 2012-present).
UAlbany claimed at least a share of the regular season title with an 86-35 victory over in-state rival Binghamton at SEFCU Arena on Feb. 19.
Sophomore forward Shereesha Richards led UAlbany with 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the win against the Bearcats. Junior center Megan Craig tallied 18 points and blocked two shots. Junior guard/forward Sarah Royals drained 16 points off the bench.
Richards leads the Great Danes with a conference-best 19.6 points per game. Craig and Royals also eclipse double figures in scoring per game, posting averages of 13.1 and 10.8 respectively. On the glass, Richards is UAlbany's top rebounder, snagging 9.4 rebounds per game.
Albany owns the top scoring offense (72.9 ppg) and defense (54.8 ppg) in America East this season. On the boards, the Great Danes have outrebounded their opponents 42.8 rpg to 28.5.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats are carrying a four-game unbeaten streak and have won 14 of their last 16 decisions. UNH enters the game with an 18-9 overall record and a 12-2 mark in conference play. New Hampshire trumped the University of Massachusetts Lowell, 78-71, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 22.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored 21 of her career-high 24 points in the second half on 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line to help the Wildcats erase a 38-31 halftime deficit. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) scored 22 points on the strength of three 3-pointers and 7 of 8 shooting from the foul line. Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) finished with seven points and nine rebounds while classmate Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) contributed eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.
The Wildcats were 28 of 68 from the field to log a .412 field goal percentage. UMass Lowell drained 28 of 65 from the floor for a .431 clip.
Coia and Hogan are team's top scorers, averaging 12.2 and 12.1 ppg respectively. Belanger paces the team in rebounding by averaging 6.5 rpg while notching 9.5 ppg.
New Hampshire accumulates 61.1 ppg while conceding 58.2. The Wildcats have broken even on the glass against their opponents by garnering 36.8 rpg.
BRACKETOLOGY: Here is what we know right now about the seeding for the upcoming America East women's basketball tournament at Albany's SEFCU Arena starting Friday, March 7:
- Albany is the No. 1 seed but has not clinched outright regular-season title:
- Albany can lose final two games to UNH & Stony Brook, making them 14-2 and would tie with UNH if they win out.
- Teams would have split regular-season meeting.
- Teams would have identical records against all other teams in the conference.
- Albany takes tiebreaker with 7-1 road conference record, UNH would be 6-2.
- New Hampshire will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
- Stony Brook will be either No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
- Hartford will be either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed and play Maine.
- Maine will be either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed and play Hartford.
- Vermont is the No. 6 seed.
- UMBC will be either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed.
- Binghamton will be either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed.
New Hampshire will hold the highest seed it has garnered to start the tournament for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
SILENT NIGHT: The women's basketball team is encouraging students to wear their best blue and white attire when the team hosts its first-ever 'Silent Night' game on March 1 (1 p.m.) against arch-rival Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium. Once the 10th point is scored, the crowd goes wild. The event will also feature a performer who will use sign language to present the United States National Anthem.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 13 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
||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 streamed 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 Atlantic
AMERICA EAST SLATE: The Wildcats boast the second-best conference record with a 12-2 mark in America East. After winning its first four league contests, UNH dropped its first conference decision against Albany on Jan. 23, 88-47. New Hampshire bounced back after the loss and won four consecutive games until the streak was snapped at Stony Brook in a 76-63 loss (Feb. 9). The 8-1 run marks the best nine-game conference stretch in program history. Since the loss against the Seawolves, the Wildcats have strung together its third four-game winning streak in America East play.
GUNNIN' FOR THE TITLE: New Hampshire has an opportunity to earn a share of the America East regular season title if UNH wins the last two regular season games. Furthermore, Albany would have to lose its last two games of the season as well. With a pair of UNH wins and Albany losses, the Wildcats would earn a share of the conference regular season championship for the first time since the 1984-85 season (11-16, 4-1 Seaboard Conference).
MO' WINS: Magarity has compiled a 18-9 record and a 12-2 mark in America East for the 2013-14 season thus far. The fourth-year head coach has set personal-bests in wins in a single season (18) and conference wins (12). The 2013-14 Wildcats have tallied the most wins overall and in conference play since the 1998-99 Wildcats (19-8, 13-5 AE). Here is a look the at the past seasons in program history with at least 18 wins:
1987-88 19-8 (11-3)
1991-92 18-8 (9-4)
1992-93 18-8 (10-4)
1996-97 18-10 (14-4)
1998-99 19-8 (13-5)
2013-14 18-9 (12-2)*
* Coached by Maureen Magarity
REJUVENATED 'CATS: After a 1-5 mark in December and 4-7 overall, New Hampshire has won 14 of its last 16 games. UNH constructed an 8-1 record in the month of January, which matched the best record in the first month of the year since the 1991-92 Wildcats. In addition, the six wins in February are the most wins in the month since 1998-99 (6-2). New Hampshire strung together a season-high six-game winning streak from Jan. 3 to Jan. 20.
DOING 50 IN A 40: The Wildcats have logged a field goal percentage of at least .500 five times this season, most recently at Lundholm Gymnasium against Hartford (76-71; Feb. 18). When UNH collectively registers at least a .400 field goal percentage from the field, the Wildcats are 12-1 this season. Additionally, 12 of the 13 occurrences have happened in the 2014 calendar year and 10 against America East opponents.
WELCOME TO LUNDHOLM: The Wildcats have yet to be defeated in an America East contest when playing at home (6-0). The Wildcats have outscored their opponents on an average of 10.0 ppg in the six wins.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering halftime on 13 occasions and has won all 13 games.
NAILBITERS: The Wildcats are 6-2 this season in games decided by five points or less. Additionally, UNH is 3-0 this year when games are decided in overtime. New Hampshire has surpassed its win total from last season (five) in games decided by five points or fewer.
WORKING OVERTIME: New Hampshire has found themselves in three overtime games this season and has won all three. 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 UNH since it defeated Binghamton on the road, 59-52, on Feb. 25, 2012. The Wildcats 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. New Hampshire played its third overtime of the season at home against Hartford (Feb. 16). The Wildcats prevailed over the Hawks, 76-71. UNH is 8-2 since Magarity took over the coaching duties in the 2010-11 season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: New Hampshire is 6-0 when UNH has registered at least four different scorers with a minimum of 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 (Jan. 29) 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 (Feb. 2) with 18 points in a 72-53. She was accompanied by Anderson (14), Coia (13) and Hogan (10). New Hampshire logged five scorers in double digits in an overtime win at home against Hartford (Feb. 16). Hogan paced the win over the Hawks with 17 points followed by Frankenberger (15), Gaston (14), Coia (12) and Belanger (11). It marked the first time since March 4, 2010 (65-50 win over Maine). UNH was paced by Kilpatrick with a season-high 17 points in a 71-50 win at Vermont (Feb. 19). She was followed by Coia (12), Gaston (11) and Belanger (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 nine occasions, a team-high.
CRACKING THE CODE: Magarity has used just five different starting lineups this season. The starting five of Belanger, Coia, Frankenberger, Gaston and Hogan has been used eight times, all in winning efforts.
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 seven 30-point games around the conference this season.
HOGAN REACHING MILESTONES: Hogan became the 17th member in UNH women's basketball history to score at least 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 1,122 points to rank 11th all-time in program history. Furthermore, the guard reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three helpers in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50). Currently, Hogan has tallied 363 helpers in her career as a Wildcat to rank fourth 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 tied for 25th in Division I by holding their opponents to 58.2 ppg. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 38th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.367) and 29th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.279). As of Feb. 25, the Wildcats boast the top spot in 3-point field goal percentage defense and defensive rebounds per game (26.9). 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 27 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), UMass Lowell (Jan. 26; 75-68) and Hartford (Feb. 16; 76-71 OT). 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 second best free throw percentage in America East with a .730 clip on 336 of 460 shooting. This season, UNH is 13-1 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). In a second match against SBU, Hogan paced all scorers with 25 points in a 76-63 losing effort (Feb. 9). The senior co-captain notched a 22-point effort in a 78-71 win against UMass Lowell on Feb. 22. The guard ranks second on the team and ninth in America East in scoring with 12.1 ppg. Hogan has reached double digits in points in 17 of 27 games this season. 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).
COIA DESTROYER: Coia ranks first on the team in scoring and eighth in America East with 12.2 ppg this season. Furthermore, she leads the team in field goal percentage with a .492 clip to rank fourth in the conference. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 20 of 26 games this season, a team-high. She has recorded a team-high five double-doubles this season, most recently registering a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-71 win against UMass Lowell (Feb. 22).
E-BOMB: Belanger has notched a pair of 20-point performances this season. The guard set a career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half in an overtime win at Brown (Jan. 3). 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 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). On the road against Binghamton (Feb. 12), Belanger set a new career-high with five steals while pitching in 16 points in a 64-46 victory. Currently, the guard leads the team in rebounds and ranks seventh in America East, averaging 6.5 rpg.
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named co-captain for the 2013-14 season by Magarity and leads the Wildcats in blocks (39), a new season-high. Between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, the 6-foot-4 forward tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games. Furthermore, Kilpatrick is tied for the team lead in double-doubles with five with Coia. The junior has also raised her free throw percentage by 17.2 percentage points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, Kilpatrick forward has compiled a .727 free throw percentage. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (61-67), she notched a then season-high 15 points. Kilpatrick 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). The junior recorded game-highs in points (14), rebounds (eight) and assists (four) in a 46-35 win against UMBC (Feb. 6). Kilpatrick was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards in a winning effort at Binghamton (Feb. 12). Kilpatrick set a new season-high in scoring with 17 points in a 71-50 road victory at Vermont (Feb. 19).
DOUBLE TROUBLE: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 10 of 27 games this season. Kilpatrick and Coia leads all players in double-doubles with five. Belanger recorded her first collegiate double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 27; 75-68). Gaston also notched her first career double-double in a 76-71 win over Hartford (Feb. 16) in extra time. UNH is 8-2 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. The junior registered a breakout second half against Binghamton (Feb. 12) in a 64-46 win. Gaston went 8 of 8 from the floor and added a pair of free throws to register a career-high 19 points to pace UNH in the win. Furthermore, the guard tallied a personal-best five steals against the Bearcats. On the passing front, she recorded a career-high six assists in a win at UMBC (Jan. 15; 60-47). Gaston leads the 'Cats in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and ranks sixth in the conference. The junior guard registered her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a 76-71 win against Hartford (Feb. 16) in overtime. Gaston has reached double digits in scoring in three of the last four games.
THEY CALL ME GERM: Frankenberger has played in every game this season and has started in 14 contests. The forward/guard recorded the game-tying shot from beyond the arc in the come from behind win against the Hawks. The senior eclipsed double figures in scoring with 13 points at UMBC (Jan. 15) in a 59-50 win. Frankenberger posted a career-high 15 points in an overtime win (76-71) against Hartford on Feb. 16. Frankenberger has posted a season-high in scoring with 113 points (4.2 ppg).
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. The first year guard was 10 of 16 from the field and 6-for-9 from 3-point range to notch 30 points against the Bears. Anderson also notched a 23-point performance off the bench in a 75-68 win at UMass Lowell (Jan. 26). Anderson is second on the squad in 3-point field goals made (27).
K-MART: Sophomore forward Kendall Martenet (Waukesha, Wis.) has come off the bench in 22 of 27 games this season. After sitting out the month of November with an injury, the 6-foot-2 forward has appeared in every game since. Martenet posted career-highs in points (seven) and minutes played (17) as part of a 64-46 win at Binghamton (Feb. 12). The sophomore came off the bench and netted six points to power a come-from-behind win at Harford on Jan. 18 (61-56). On the glass, she tied a personal-best six rebounds in a 72-53 victory over Binghamton (Feb. 2).
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 14-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger has led the 'Cats on the glass 10 times this season.
'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: The UNH women's basketball team has been garnered four conference awards during the 2013-14 season.
Gaston was named as the America East Player of the Week on Feb. 17. The junior point guard registered 16.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while averaging 37.5 minutes per game in a pair of wins for UNH in the week. In a 64-46 victory at Binghamton University (Feb. 12), the junior point guard earned career-highs in points (19) and steals (five). Gaston poured in all of her points in the second half on 8 of 8 shooting from the field and draining a pair of free throws. At home against the University of Hartford (Feb. 16) in a 76-71 overtime win, Gaston earned her first career double-double on 14 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds. The point guard also orchestrated the Wildcat offense to a .489 field goal percentage with a game-high five assists.
Belanger was tabbed as the America East Player of the Week on Feb. 3. She 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 11th all-time in UNH women's basketball history with 1,100 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:
|1. Amy Simpson
|2. Heidi Plencner
|3. Cari Reed
|4. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||154|
|1. Kelly Karil||1994-98||404|
|2. Whitney Edwards||2003-07||382|
|3. Martha Morrison||1978-82||368|
|5. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||363|
|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. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||1,122|
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|7. KAYLEE KILPATRICK||2011-||78|
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 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). Magarity has already surpassed her win tally (18) from last season (12) with two regular season games remaining this season.
LEADER OF THE 'CAT PACK: The 2013-14 season marks the fourth season for Magarity, 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 530-509 for a .510 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|
COACH HOGAN?: Hogan was selected as one of the 50 members of the 2014 class that will attend the 12th annual WBCA "So You Want to be a Coach" program, announced Thursday, Feb. 6.
Participants will attend a three-day workshop that will be held in conjunction with the annual WBCA National Convention, which takes place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, at the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Final Four in Nashville, Tenn.
The objectives of the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball. Furthermore, the workshop aims to increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.
Participants must have exhausted their final year of basketball eligibility at a four-year institution or have graduated within the past year. In addition, the candidate's head coach must be an active WBCA member and nominate them. Each participant is selected based on her academics, contributions to women's basketball on and off the court, professional resume and a written recommendation from her head coach.
DUE NEXT: The Wildcats conclude their regular season at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, March 1 (1 p.m.) hosting the University of Maine for Senior Day. In addition, New Hampshire will conduct its first-ever 'Silent Night' game. The game will be televised on Fox College Sports Atlantic. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000.