Women's Basketball: Hogan won't get her chance to dance
Wildcats lose in America East semifinals to Stony Brook
The chance to dance for the University of New Hampshire ended abruptly on Sunday afternoon as the team lost 79-59 against Stony Brook in the America East semifinals. The Wildcats fail to get past the semifinals in the America East championships for the second straight year.
"It was a tough game for us," UNH head coach Maureen Magarity said. "We didn't shoot the ball well, it wasn't our day. Credit to Stony Brook, they came out sharp and shot the ball very well. It was our game plan to pack it in the middle and to force them to shoot some 3s. They came out shooting the ball very well and they did a nice job of maintaining the lead."
The Wildcats started the game on a 7-2 run before Stony Brook went on a 13-0 run, including two 3's from Goodman, to jump out to a 15-7 lead. The Seawolves led the rest of the half, but New Hampshire cut the deficit the lead to 36-30 with a 7-2 run over the final four minutes.
The Seawolves easily outrebounded the Wildcats in the first half, getting 13 offensive boards and 25 total boards. New Hampshire got nine boards. Elizabeth Belanger, Kaylee Kilpatrick, and Kelsey Hogan combined for 22 of New Hampshire's 30 points in the half.
"They are a very aggressively defensive team; they really get out and pressure you," Hogan said. "All around, Stony Brook came out to play today and they are a great team."
The second half didn't get better for the Wildcats. While Belanger started the half off with a bucket to cut the Seawolves lead to four, Stony Brook's defense clamped down on New Hampshire, allowing nine points over the first 13 minutes of the half.
New Hampshire wasn't able to drive, recording only 20 points in the paint and registering its first free throws 36 minutes into the game. The team finished with four total free throws. UNH was outrebounded 48-25.
"They were aggressive as usual," Belanger said. "We were attacking first half which was going really well for us, but we settled for jump shots in the second half. We did not get to the line that much which really hurt us. Stony Brook came to play and I give them credit."
For UNH, it was the younger players that shined. Belanger finsihed the game with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists over 37 minutes of play. Freshman Kristen Anderson provided a spark off the bench, adding 11 points (3-4 from the 3-point line), three assists and two steals over 18 minutes of play.
"Our future as a team does look bright, we have one senior," Magarity said. "It will be a big hole to try and fill. We have some great scorers. Elizabeth had a breakout year this year as a scorer. We have signed five incoming freshman for next year, which will definitely help us."
After six years with the Wildcats, Hogan played her last game in a UNH uniform. A captain for four years, it's clear that she will be missed.
"Overall, I am so proud of this team and so proud of Kelsey and everything she has accomplished and how she has helped the program," Magarity said. "Kelsey Hogan is a coach's dream and I was lucky enough to get to coach her for four years. You do not hear of too many sixth year seniors. Kelsey has given her heart and soul to this program and university. I am so blessed to have had the chance to coach her. Kelsey has bigger and better things ahead of her; she is going to make a great coach someday."
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