« Women’s Basketball 2011-12

Denise Beliveau

School

New Hampshire

Position
Forward
Major
Exercise Science
PPG
14.1
RPG
8.6
APG
1.5

Classroom

As a fifth-year senior, Beliveau graduated in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science, holding a 3.51 GPA and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Leadership and Children’s Health and Disabilities. Beliveau has earned America East Honor Roll accolades four years, including Commissioner’s Honor Roll two years, and was named to the Dean’s List six semesters. Beliveau was also named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2011.

Character

Beliveau has served as a team captain the last four years and was the only junior captain last season, a tribute to her longstanding leadership qualities. Her reflection as the undisputed leader of the program is even more impressive given her path to success as she fought through multiple injuries throughout her career. After missing the entire 2008-09 season due to injury, Beliveau bounced back from knee surgery only to fight through an orbital fracture blowout in the eye and a broken nose the following seasons, all while competing at a high level. Last year was the first full season of her career without rehab.

Community

Beliveau is an active member of both the UNH and Durham community. As a member of the Student Athlete Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Beliveau serves as a leader of the student-athlete body with the duty of bringing teams together for community service programs. Her past compus outreach programs include Hoops for Hunger, mentoring, running clinics and helping with the Special Olympics program. Around the community, Beliveau volunteers at a nursing home to aid in physical therapy and also volunteers her time to children in need through Club Chameleon. Additionally, Beliveau stepped up to serve as the volunteer head coach the Stratford Stars, an AAU teaam, after the club was left without a head coach midway through the season. She is also an academic tutor and a mentor at the Oyster River Middle School.

Competition

A four-time captain, Beliveau has proven to an exceptional all-around player for the Wildcats throughout her career. Beliveau was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team last season after she led the team in both scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg). She finished the year ranking in the top 10 in rebounding (2nd), free throw percentage (5th), 3-pointers made (7th), scoring (8th) and 3-point percentage (10th) in the America East. Beliveau enters the upcoming season 58 point shy of 1,000 in her career. She was also named to the America East All-Rookie Team and was named the America East Rookie of the Year as a freshman.