Women’s Basketball Celebrates 2013-14 Season at Annual Banquet

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DOVER, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team held its annual team banquet Thursday evening at Cartelli's Bar & Grill. The team presented its annual awards and recognized graduating senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) as administrators, coaching staff and family members gathered to celebrate the season.

New Hampshire finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 19-12 and 12-4 against America East opponents, the most wins in a single season since the 1998-99 season (19-8, 13-5 AE). After a 4-7 start to the season, UNH followed by winning 14 of its next 19 games and tallied a season-high six-game unbeaten streak. The Wildcats finished the season third in the America East standings and reached the tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. New Hampshire swept the season series against five conference opponents, including a pair of victories against the University of Hartford for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Hogan garnered the team's Most Valuable Player award, sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) was feted Most Improved Player and the Coaches' Award was bestowed upon redshirt sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.).

Hogan, a three-time co-captain, led the team in nearly every offensive category. The senior guard paced the Wildcats in scoring (12.5 points per game), 3-pointers made (49), 3-point percentage (.371), free throws made (96), assists (99) and minutes played (32.6). Her .821 free-throw percentage earned tops in America East as well. The America East All-Conference First Team selection, started in all 31 of New Hampshire's contests after missing eight games due to injury last season. She reached double-digits in scoring in 20 of 31 games, including a career-high 35 point performance to give UNH a 71-68 overtime win against conference rival Stony Brook University on Jan. 11. The senior capped off her career as the program's most efficient free throw shooter with a .807 clip. Furthermore, Hogan ranks in the top-10 in UNH women's basketball history in assists (375 - third), 3-pointers made (162 - fourth) and points scored (1,181 – 10th)

Belanger showed similar durability while showcasing her growth as a player this season. In 2012-13, she averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and logged 23.3 minutes per game. Starting in all 31 games this season, she ranked first on the team in rebounds per game (6.3) and third in points (10.3 ppg). Belanger's versatility as a scorer and rebounder was a key to UNH's success this season. In 16 America East games, Belanger averaged 11.0 ppg with 6.3 rpg and a league-best .825 free throw percentage. The sophomore guard set a new career-high in scoring thrice with 20 points, highlighted by a last second runner swirling in with 0.9 seconds left on the clock at the University of Maine for a 74-73 win on Jan. 29.

Coia showed the leadership, character, tolerance and perseverance associated with the Coaches' Award. In her first full season coming off of back surgery, Coia played in 30 games with 25 starts. She ranked second on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and led the squad in field goal percentage (.475). The 6-foot-4 forward eclipsed at least 10 points in a team-high 21 of 30 games and paced the Wildcats with six double-doubles. Coia was also a key contributor in America East matchups, averaging 11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg and shooting 50 percent from the field. She registered a personal-best 24 points with 21 coming in the second half in a 78-71 victory at home against the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Feb. 22.  

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