Women's Basketball Collects Four Awards at Annual America East Banquet
ALBANY, N.Y. – A total of four University of New Hampshire women's basketball student-athletes, led by America East First Team selection Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), were honored at the conference's annual banquet that was held Thursday night at the Albany Campus Ballroom.
Joined by the senior guard and co-captain includes America East Second Team mention Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.), Third Team honoree Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) and All-Academic recipient and co-captain Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick). Hogan is the 10th Wildcat to be presented the First Team award and the first since Denise Beliveau received the honor in 2012.
The Wildcats' four conference honors are the most UNH has received since the 2001-02 season.
The three-time co-captain leads UNH in points per game (12.4), 3-point percentage (.360), free throw percentage (.814) and assists per game (3.2). Starting in all 29 games this season, the senior guard ranks ninth in the conference in scoring, second in free throw percentage and sixth in assists per game. Hogan has eclipsed double figures in scoring in 19 of 29 games and has led the Wildcats in the points column seven times, including a career-high 35 point effort in a 71-68 overtime win against Stony Brook on Jan. 11. In 16 conference games, Hogan has compiled 13.8 ppg, 4.1 apg and a .433 3-point clip while averaging 33.7 minutes per game. Hogan's career .804 free throw percentage is currently the highest by a Wildcat in program history. The guard also ranks 10th all-time in points (1,153), fourth in 3-pointers made (158) and third in assists (369).
Coia, a 6-foot-4 red shirt sophomore forward, has started 23 of 28 games this season. She paces New Hampshire in field goals made (123), field goal percentage (.477), offensive rebounds (75) and double-doubles (six). In addition, Coia is second in scoring (11.6 ppg), free throws made (80) and rebounds (166). The forward set a new career high in scoring with 24 points as part of a double-double effort (10 rebounds) against UMass Lowell (Feb. 22) in a 78-71 win. Coia has led UNH in scoring a team-high 11 times this season and has registered double digit points in 20 of 28 games, a team-high. In 15 America East conference games, the forward recorded 11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg and a .500 field goal percentage in 26.9 mpg.
Belanger, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard, has started in all 29 games this season. She is averaging 9.9 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game, ranking eighth in America East. The sophomore has registered a trio of 20-point efforts this season and has logged double-digit scoring efforts 15 times. One of Belanger's 20-point efforts came on the road against the University of Maine (Jan. 29). She drained a floater with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats over their arch-rival, 74-73. A 2013 America East All-Rookie mention, Belanger has set personal bests in nearly every statistical category. In 16 America East conference games, Belanger notched 11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg and a conference-high .825 free throw percentage.
Kilpatrick, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, has played in all 29 games this season and has started in 18. The co-captain has registered 8.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg and a team-high 40 blocks. Between Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, she tallied at least one block in seven consecutive games. The junior's block tally is third highest amount in the conference this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick is second on the team lead in double-doubles with five. She posted a season-high in scoring with 17 points in a 71-50 road victory at Vermont (Feb. 19). In 16 America East games, Kilpatrick has registered 7.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 14 blocks.
The third-seeded Wildcats tip off against No. 6 University of Vermont (7-22, 4-12 AE) in a March 7th America East quarterfinal game at Albany's SEFCU Arena. The 2 p.m. matchup will be streamed on ESPN3. For tickets, visit AmericaEast.com. For the latest news about UNH women's basketball, log onto UNHWildcats.com.