November 19, 2013

Women's Basketball Ready to Take on Central Connecticut State

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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team looks to return to its winning ways, visiting Central Connecticut State University in a non-conference match up on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS: The Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils enters Wednesday's game with a 1-2 record.  After dropping their first two games at Central Florida (65-51) and at South Florida (81-47), CCSU achieved their first win last week defeating Rhode Island, 65-58 at home.

Four Blue Devils scored in double figures with senior Jessica Babe leading the way with 17 points. Babe was followed by Lauren Wolosik (15), Lauren Arbogast (14) and Kaley Watras (10). As a team CCSU shot 50.0 percent (22 of 44) for the game, including a 45 percent (5 of 9) mark from behind the three-point arc.

Babe leads the Blue Devils in scoring this season, averaging 13.7 points per game. Additionally, Babe paces the team in assists (4.3 assists per game), and 3-point percentage (35.3 percent).  The Blue Devils' top rebounder, sophomore forward Amanda Harrington, is recording 7.3 rebounds per game this year. Harrington also averages 1.0 blocks per game. Coming off the bench, senior Forward Lauren Arbogast ranks second on the team in scoring (11.0) and in minutes (28.7) per game.

As a team, the Huskies have averaged 62 points per game while conceding 63.5 to their opponents. Northeastern has shot 36.4 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Opponents have outrebounded the Huskies by a slight margin of 84-82. 

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: Junior guard Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball was handed its first loss of the season to Northeastern University, 70-50, in a non-conference matchup Saturday, Nov. 16 at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Gaston's 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting, led the Wildcats offensively. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and junior forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored nine points apiece to help the scoring effort. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass.) pulled down 10 boards while tallying seven points, including two treys.

The Huskies held the rebound advantage, edging out the Wildcats, 42-38. UNH shot 37.3 percent (19 of 52) from the field, including 38.1 percent (8 of 21) from long distance. Northeastern registered 37.3 percent shots (25-for-67) from the floor and 30 percent (9 of 30) from behind the arc. The turnover margin was in Huskies' favor by a plus 13 margin. As a team, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents by 13.3 points per game at a 60.0 to 46.7 advantage. 

FUN FACT: UNH and CCSU were once members of the same conference. During the 1986-87 season to the 1988-89 season, the schools were members of the Seaboard Conference. During that span, New Hampshire won five of those six conference games. The Seaboard Conference became the North Atlantic Conference in 1989-90 and did not include Central Connecticut. However, the Blue Devls and 'Cats did compete against each other twice that season. The NAC went on to become the America East Conference.

AGAINST THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: The Wildcats boast a .666 winning percentage against current members of the Northeast Conference. However, the 'Cats were just 1-2 last year against member institutions of the NEC.


THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS:
Against schools from Connecticut, the Wildcats hold a 24-16 record. New Hampshire plays two schools from Connecticut this season. The Wildcats are a combined 22-10 against CCSU and Yale.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Wildcats are placed first in four different defensive categories amongst America East institutions. The categories include scoring defense (46.7 points per game), defensive field goal percentage (.301), 3-point field goal defense (.238) and defensive rebounds per game (30.3). Furthermore, UNH ranks second in America East in rebounding defense (34.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.0). UNH limited the opposition to less than 60 points in six consecutive games before Maine scored 63 in the 2012-13 regular-season finale. This season, New Hampshire limited its opponent under 60 points in two of the three contests, conceding a conference best 46.7 points per game.

10-10-10: Corinne Coia (16), Elizabeth Belanger (10) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick; 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 (Mar. 2) in the 2012-13 regular season finale, 86-63.

WIPING GLASS: Kaylee Kilpatrick and Elizabeth Belanger have recorded at least 10 rebounds this season. Kilpatrick reached double figures with a season-high 13 boards in a 53-40 win at NJIT (Nov. 13). Belanger pulled down 10 rebounds in a 70-50 loss against Northeastern (Nov. 16).

RETURNING TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME: Elizabeth Belanger registered a career-high three steals in last year's matchup (Dec. 9, 2012) between CCSU and UNH. However, the Blue Devils hindered the 'Cats to a season-low 32 points in a losing effort.

HEATING UP?
: New Hampshire was a combined 2-for-27 from beyond the arc in its first two games this season. However, the Wildcats were 8 of 21 (38.1 percent) from 3-point range against Northeastern. Last season, the 'Cats converted 28 percent of its 3-point attempts.

FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
: New Hampshire led the America East in free throw percentage last season with a .704 percentage. The Wildcats returns their second and third best free throw shooters from last season. Headlining the team, Kelsey Hogan held the second highest average last season, hitting 82.7% of her shots. Elizabeth Belanger, who placed third from the charity stripe, scored 72.7% of her attempts. This season, the 'Cats rank second from the free throw line in the conference, posting a .769 percentage. Leading the way, Kaylee Kilpatrick has converted 8 of 9 shots from the line, tied for fifth best in America East. Kelsey Hogan ranks seventh amongst conference players with a .875 percentage from the line.

DUE NEXT
:UNH treks back to Lundholm Gymnasium to host Colgate University on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
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