November 12, 2013

Women's Basketball Treks to NJIT for Wednesday Game (Nov. 13 | 7 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team (1-0) travels for its first away game, visiting the New Jersey Institute of Technology for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: NJIT enters the match up with a 0-2 record, dropping its season opener against America East foe Stony Brook University. The Highlanders most recently dropped its first road contest at Lehigh, 77-72.

In the contest against the Seawolves, junior guard Martina Matejcikova notched a career-high 16 points and five assists. Matejcikova shot 6-for-11 from the field and connected on 3-of-6 from long range. Junior guard Alyssa Albanese scored 12 points for the Highlanders, 10 coming in the first half. Senior forward Uju Nwankwo grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for NJIT.

Against the Mountain Hawks Shakia Robinson to a game-high 21 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the field while grabbing five rebounds. Matejcikova scored a career-high 17 points, finishing 6-of-10 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range while grabbing six rebounds and three assists.

Nwankwo just missed recording a double-double, netting nine points and 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high two blocks.  The 10 rebounds is the second straight double-digit rebound game for the senior.

Freshman Ruta Vetra and junior Nicole Maticka added seven and six points, respectively, for NJIT, while Camerin Spahn and Alyssa Albanese added five points apiece.  Albanese dished out a career-high eight assists Monday surpassing her old mark of seven against Utah Valley on January 26, 2013.

As a team, the Highlanders have netted 58 points a game while conceding 63.5 a contest. NJIT has hit 36% of its shots from beyond the arc and scores 51.4% from the free throw line. Opponents have outrebounded the Highlanders by a slight margin of 79-75. Additionally, the Highlanders hold a 10-0 advantage in block shots. On the contrary, NJIT holds a -19 turnover margin.

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team began its 2013-14 season with a victory by topping Worcester State University 77-30 at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 9. Junior forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) made her UNH debut to record 16 points on 8-of-11 from the field. Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) each scored 10 points and combined for 14 rebounds. All nine Wildcats who saw action scored, with eight players tallying at least six points. Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio), Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany), Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Madison Lopez (Albuquerque, N.M.) scored eight points apiece, while Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) notched six points in seven minutes. UNH shot 50 percent (16-for-32) in the first half and 61 percent (19-for-31) in the second half to finish at 56 percent (35 of 63) for the game. New Hampshire held a 35-21 rebounding advantage.

ROAD OPENERS: The Wildcats have came out victorious in their last two road openers. UNH's last road opener loss came at Notre Dame on Nov. 12, 2010, falling to the Fighting Irish, 99-48.

THE GARDEN STATE: New Hampshire holds an 8-8 record against schools from New Jersey. The last victory against a New Jersey opponent came against NJIT at the Iowa State Cyclone Challenge. The Wildcats topped the Highlanders 79-71 back on Dec. 30, 2011. However, all of the Cats' wins against teams from the Garden State have been either at home or in neutral sites.

WELCOME BACK: 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 RECIEVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: 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 at home against Vermont with the last of her 4-for-4 effort and then climbed into a tie for 10th with four more 3s at UMBC on Feb. 13. Hogan is also No. 12 in career assists with 278; she tallied #250 Feb. 2 at Stony Brook. Here is a look at the career lists:

   3-POINTERS MADE

1. Amy Simpson 2006-10 193

2. Heidi Plencner 1998-2002 179

3. Cari Reed 2009-2013 178

4. Kelly Karl 1994-98 142

5. Denise Beliveau 2007-12 141

6. Ashley Cerniglia 2004-07 131

7. Julie Donlon 1987-91 126

8. Danielle Clark 2003-07 123

9. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 114

10. Ebony Woods 2002-05 109

ASSISTS

10. Melissa Pfefferle 1984-88 310

11. Kiki Proctor 1998-2002 287

12. KELSEY HOGAN 2008- 278

WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 10 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

A total of four regular-season games will be televised, including home games vs. Boston University, Stony Brook University, 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

Jan. 11 Stony Brook Live Well Network

Feb. 22 UMass Lowell FOX College Sports

Mar. 1 Maine FOX College Sports

DISH THE ROCK: Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine) became the first Wildcat to register eight assists in a game since Kelsey Hogan accomplished the feat dating back to Dec. 29, 2010. Anderson accounted for 30.7 percent of the assists in the game against Worcester State. Furthermore, the last time a Wildcat dished out seven assists in a contest was Cari Reed against the Highlanders on Dec. 30, 2011.  

WINNING BIG: UNH defeated Worcester state by a margin of 47 points on Saturday, Nov. 9. The last time New Hampshire topped an opponent by 40 points or more dates back to Jan. 21, 1984, trumping Concordia on the road 91-45.

10-10-10: Coia (16), Belanger (10) and Kilpatrick (10) all notched at least 10 points in the season-opening win over Worcester State. It marks the first time three players recorded at least 10 points since UNH defeated Maine in the 2012-13 regular season finale, 86-63. 

DUE NEXT: UNH returns back to Durham to host Northeastern on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. For more information about UNH women's basketball, please visit UNHWildcats.com.

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