GAME NOTES: Women's Basketball Begins America East Slate, Hosting Stony Brook (Sat. Jan. 11, 1:00 p.m. | Live Well Network)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team opens up its America East schedule, welcoming the Stony Brook University Seawolves to Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 11 (1 p.m.).
TELEVISION: Saturday, Jan. 11 - 1:00 p.m. | Live Well Network (Comcast 288, Fios 466, Over the Air 50.2)
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
RADIO: Saturday, Jan. 11 - 1:00 p.m. | Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Mike Murphy (Play by Play), Bob Lipman (Analyst)
WPKX-AM - 930 - Rochester, WGIR-AM - 610 - Manchester, Live Stream - Stretch - UNHWildcats.com
SCOUTING STONY BROOK: The Seawolves enter the game with a 10-4 overall record, their best start to a season since joining the America East in 2000-01. Stony Brook snapped a 17-game losing streak to Hartford on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in a 61-57 win, capturing the conference opener.
Junior forward Sabre Proctor led the Seawolves with 20 points and six rebounds. Sophomores Miranda Jenkins and Brittany Snow each assisted the offense with 13 points apiece. Snow also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. The Seawolves went 21 of 58 (.362 field goal percentage) from the field while the Hawks were 21 of 49 (.429). Stony Brook was advantageous of second chance points as the Seawolves notched 12 while allowing none to the Hawks.
Proctor, an America East Preseason All-Conference mention, leads the Seawolves in scoring with 15.1 ppg. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman assists the scoring for SBU, tallying 12.3 ppg. Junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin is the leading rebounder for the Seawolves, grabbing 7.6 rpg. Proctor leads the team in 3-point shooting as she has compiled a .416 clip from beyond the arc. SBU shooters carry a .373 field goal percentage from the floor and hold a .242 clip from 3-point range. The Seawolves has kept its opponents to a .400 field goal percentage and a .303 clip from beyond the arc. Stony Brook averages 41.1 boards a game and hold a .89 assist/turnover ratio.
THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Wildcats enter the matchup with a two-game winning streak at 6-7 record overall, recently topping the Yale University Bulldogs at home, 58-53.
Sophomore forward Corinne Coia (North Smithfield, R.I.) led the Wildcats on both ends of the court to post 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the win. Senior guard Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) and junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (Saint John, New Brunswick) logged double-digit scoring efforts of 13 and 10 respectively in the win.
The Wildcats shot 16 of 47 (.340 field goal percentage) while the Bulldogs were 18 of 64 (.281) from the field. New Hampshire netted 23 of 29 free throws for a .793 percentage, a season-high.
Coia leads the Wildcats in scoring with 11.6 ppg this season. Hogan also averages over 10 ppg, tallying 10.6 this year. Kilpatrick (7.1 rpg) and Elizabeth Belanger (Acton, Mass; 6.9 rpg) are the top rebounders on the squad. Guards Kristen Anderson (Greene, Maine; 16 of 52; .308) and Ariel Gaston (Toledo, Ohio; 13 of 33; .394) are the leading scorers from 3-point range. The Wildcats have accumulated 56.4 ppg while surrendering 56.1 ppg to their opponents this season. New Hampshire has constructed a .384 field goal percentage from the floor and owns a .264 percentage from beyond the 3-point arc. UNH has kept its opponents to a .344 field goal percentage and a .302 clip from beyond the arc. The 'Cats average 37.9 boards a game and possess a .86 assist/turnover ratio.
WILDCATS ON THE AIR: The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 11 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 five 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.
||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)|
|Feb. 16||at Hartford||ESPN3|
|Feb. 22||UMass Lowell||FOX College Sports|
|Mar. 1||Maine||FOX College Sports|
ALL TIME SERIES AGAINST STONY BROOK: UNH has an 18-10 lifetime record against Stony Brook, which swept the 2012-13 regular season series. However, New Hampshire prevailed in last year's America East quarterfinal, 49-46 on a 3-pointer from Hogan as time expired.
CONFERENCE OPENERS: UNH begins its conference schedule at home for the first time since Jan. 6, 2009, as the Wildcats were victors over the University of Maine, 51-47. However, New Hampshire has fell in its last four decisions when opening America East play.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY: The Wildcats are 4-7 lifetime on Jan. 11. Back in 2005, UNH withstood two Maine rallies to hold off the Black Bears, 60-57, snapping a nine-game losing streak against its rival.
TENACIOUS D: As of Jan. 6, the Wildcats boast the 18th-best scoring defense in the nation by hindering their opponents to 56.1 points per game. Furthermore, New Hampshire ranks 24th in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .348 clip. UNH leads the America East in scoring defense (55.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.342) and 3-point field goal defense (.300 percent), blocked shots (42) and defensive rebounds per game (27.7). This season, New Hampshire has limited its opponent to less than 60 points in 7 of 12 contests.
KAYLEE KILLA: Kilpatrick was named a co-captain for the 2013-14 season by head coach Maureen Magarity and leads the Wildcats in three different categories this season. She currently occupies the top rank in blocks (26), rebounds per game (7.1) and steals (12). Kilpatrick's 26 blocks is currently the most by an America East player this season. Furthermore, Kilpatrick has also raised her free throw percentage by 14.6 points this season from the previous year. In her collegiate career, the 6-foot-4 forward has compiled a .695 free throw percentage. The junior racked up a career-high five blocks in a win against Yale (Jan. 7; 58-53), tied for the most by an America East player this season. In a road loss at Bryant on Dec. 1 (67-61), Kilpatrick notched a season-high 15 points.
CC'S COURT: Coia paces the Wildcats in scoring this season with 11.6 ppg, 10th-best amongst America East players. The 6-foot-4 forward has reached double digits in points in 9 of 13 games this season. She leads the team in double-doubles this season with four, most recently in a 15 point 12 rebound performance against Yale. (Jan. 7). The red shirt sophomore matched a career-high 19 points in a loss against Boston University (Dec. 22).
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. Hogan dropped a season-high 17 points in a 67-60 loss at Bryant on Sunday, Dec. 1. In addition, Hogan reached the 300-assist milestone by dishing out three in a losing effort against Cleveland State (Dec. 18; 65-50).
SHE'S A FRESHMAN: Anderson became the first Wildcat freshman to register at least 30 points since Kris Kenney accomplished the feat on Feb. 7, 1986 at home against Boston University. The 30-point performance by Anderson is the most scored by a Wildcat this season.
E-BOMB: Belanger notched a career-high 20 points with 16 coming in the first half in an overtime win at Brown (Jan. 3). The sophomore also racked up a personal best two blocks in a losing effort against Boston University (Dec. 22). Currently, the guard is second on the team rebounds and ranks seventh in America East, averaging 6.9 rpg.
CEDAR POINT: Gaston leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage and is fourth in the conference with a .371 average. The junior has eclipsed her single-season high of 3-pointers in just 10 games this season. Gaston has registered three treys on two occasions this season, both career-highs in a game.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR THE TREES: New Hampshire has recorded a double-double in 6 of 13 games this season. Kilpatrick leads the team with four double-doubles while Coia has garnered the three. The 6-foot-4 forward duo is 4-2 when either of the two records a double-double.
OVERTIME THRILLER: UNH played in its first overtime game since January 2, 2013 at Vermont. The Wildcats prevailed over the Brown University Bears in a 77-74 road victory. It marked the first win in extra time for New Hampshire since it defeated Binghamton on the road 59-52 on Feb. 25, 2012.
NO EASY BUCKETS: New Hampshire ranks first in America East in blocks (43) and second in blocks per game (3.3) this season. Kilpatrick has notched at least one block in the last six games. Furthermore, the junior accounts for 60 percent of UNH's blocks.
PAINT CLASS: The Wildcats are 5-2 this season when UNH has outscored its opponent in the paint. Boston University and Howard are the only teams to defeat UNH this season and outscored by the Wildcats in the paint.
THE OPENING TIP: New Hampshire is 5-0 this season when the Wildcats control the opening tip. UNH has only won once (Jan. 7 against Yale; 58-53) when yielding the first possession.
WHEN LEADING AT HALF: UNH has held a lead entering on five occasions and has won all five decisions. New Hampshire is 1-1 when the score is deadlocked at halftime. The Wildcats have yet to defeat an opponent when trailing at the midway point of the game.
WIPING GLASS: Belanger, Coia, Gaston and Kilpatrick have recorded at least 10 rebounds in a game this season. As a team, UNH is 5-1 when it controls the rebounding advantage. Belanger Coia and Kilpatrick have led the Wildcats in rebounds four times this season. New Hampshire leads the America East with 27.3 defensive rebounds per game.
10-10-10: UNH has had four different combinations of at least three scorers with 10 points or more. Coia (16), Belanger (10) and Kilpatrick (10) all notched at least 10 points in the season-opening win over Worcester State. Hogan joined the duo of Coia and Kilpatrick in double-digit scoring in a one-point loss at Central Connecticut (Nov. 20). Anderson joined the group as she eclipsed scored 11 points off the bench as she was welcomed by Hogan (15) and Coia (14) in a 63-58 win over Colgate (Nov. 25). Gaston posted a career-high 13 points as the guard was accompanied by Hogan (17) and Kilpatrick (15) in a 67-61 road loss to Bryant (Dec. 1). Coia (15), Hogan (13) and Kilpatrick (10) all reached double figures for the second time as a trio in a 58-53 win against Yale (Jan. 7).
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.
'CATS RECEIVE AMERICA EAST RECOGNITION: Anderson was selected as the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday, Jan. 6. The freshman garnered her first-ever collegiate career. Furthermore, 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. 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, 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. Hogan is also 11th in career assists with 304; she tallied #300 on Dec. 18, 2013 against Cleveland State. The senior guard is also projected to be the 17th member of the 1,000-point club. Currently, Hogan ranks 17th among all-time UNH players with 932 points. In addition, Kilpatrick ranks in the top 10 in blocks in a career. Here is a look at the career lists:
|1. Amy Simpson
|2. Heidi Plencner
|3. Cari Reed
|4. Kelly Karl
|5. Denise Beliveau
|6. Ashley Cerniglia
|7. KELSEY HOGAN
|8. Julie Donlon
|9. Danielle Clark
|10. Ebony Woods
|10. Melissa Pfefferle
|11. KELSEY HOGAN
|12. Kiki Proctor
|15. Heidi Plencner
|16. KELSEY HOGAN||2008-||932|
|17. Kathy Sanborn
| Danielle Clark
|1. Denise Higgins
|2. Maren Matthias
| Jill McDonald
|4. Pam Brandell
|5. Ray Williams
|6. Kris Kinney
|7. Amy Simpson
| KAYLEE KILPATRICK
|9. Aubrey Danen
|10. Kathy Caldwell
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 head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), 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).
LEADER OF THE 'CAT PACK: The 2013-14 season marks the fourth season for UNH Wildcats head coach Maureen Magarity (Marist '03), 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 517-506 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|
DUE NEXT: New Hampshire begins a two game road trip starting with a match against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (12 p.m.). The Wildcats next home game will be Monday, Jan. 20 (7 p.m.), as UNH hosts the University of Vermont Catamounts. For tickets, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.