University of New Hampshire women's basketball coach Maureen Magarity enjoys a light moment with guard Kelsey Hogan. (MIKE MURPHY)
Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Wildcats, Hogan not finished yet
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, despite losing only one player to graduation, had a particularly emotional Senior Game ceremony on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats honored Kelsey Hogan, the do-everything leader of a point guard out of Nashua North, before the game.
Hogan is wrapping up her sixth and final season as a Wildcat as she leads the team into the America East tournament that starts today at the University of Albany.
The winner of the UNH-Vermont game takes on the winner of a game between No. 2 Stony Brook and No. 7 UMBC in the semifinals. The semifinal game is schedule for Sunday at 11 a.m.
UNH beat Vermont twice during the season: 60-45 at home on Jan. 20 and 71-50 at Vermont on Feb. 19.
The Wildcats are 18-11 overall and 12-4 in America East. They advanced to the semifinals last year when Hogan hit a long three-point basket at the buzzer for a 49-46 win over Stony Brook.
The Wildcats are trying to change that this year.
"Their motto since the summer has been 'For the Ring,'" Magarity said.
"They want a ring. They want to win the championship. Kelsey has really taken that on this year as a challenge."
Magarity marvels at the way Hogan leads, competes and perseveres through her rehabilitation from various injuries.
She blew her knee out before the next season even started and missed the year.
She wants to coach and has been accepted into the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association "So You Want to be a Coach" program and will take part in the three-day event that will be held in conjunction with the Final Four early next month in Nashville.
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THE men's basketball team is in Albany this weekend, too, and also plays Vermont in the quarterfinals. No. 8 UNH and No. 1 Vermont square off on Saturday at noon. The Wildcats will try to regroup in Albany.
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THE men's hockey team, the No. 4 seed in the Hockey East tournament, plays No. 5 Northeastern in a best-of-three series at home in the Whittemore Center next weekend. The series begins with a game on Friday at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be on Saturday, either late in the afternoon or at 7 p.m., and Game 3, if necessary, will be on Sunday at 4 p.m.