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A story in perseverance
Nashua's Kelsey Hogan, seen in action earlier this season, is the 17th University of New Hampshire women's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points. (COURTESY)
After an outstanding four-year career at Nashua North where she was a 1,000-point scorer and a four-time All-State selection, Hogan arrived on the Durham campus in the fall of 2008. But ACL injuries in 2008 and 2009 prevented her from actually starting her basketball career with the Wildcats until the 2010-11 season.
"It's a tremendous story, an amazing accomplishment, especially after everything she's overcome in her career," said UNH head coach Maureen Magarity. "I took her out of the game (right after she scored her 1,000th point) because her emotions were flowing. The hours over the years she put in to rehab, to train and now, still working on her game in the gym — all of it — I've never coached or been around a harder working player than Kelsey. She's truly amazing, definitely the face of our program and a winner. I wish I had 15 Kelsey Hogans."
"Every day she's in the gym working on something to improve her game, so much at times I have to pull her out and tell her to go home and rest," said Magarity. "Her main goal is to help this team win. I can't tell you enough how every player on our team loves Kelsey. She leads by example and is the heart and soul of our team."
"The team refers to me as their 'grandmother' and I guess it's true," she said. "You'd think after six years in one place, you'd be itching to leave. That's not the case with me. I love this place, love my team and teammates and, I'm not ready to leave. This is the closest team I've ever been on and everyone associated with it has become my extended family."
On Thursday, the Wildcats, who have won six straight games, face their biggest challenge of the season with a road game against Albany on Thursday at noon. At stake is sole possession of first place in the America East.