HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University women's basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has named four captains for the 2008-09 season. Seniors Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.), Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.), Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) and Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) will serve as the leaders of the Bobcats this season as they look to repeat as Northeast Conference Regular-Season Champions.
Kerner was named to the All-NEC First Team last season after finishing fifth in the conference in scoring with 17.1 points per game. She also finished sixth in the NEC in assists per game (3.41), second in free-throw percentage (.843) and three-point field goal percentage (.436). Her 509 points was the second highest in the program's Division I history. She also broke the previous record for three-point field goals in a season, recording 63 last year.
Pennewell was a member of the all-conference second team in 2007-08. Her 56 three-point field goals and .387 three-point field goal percentage ranked in the top 10 in the NEC, while ranking tenth in points per game (13.6). Pennewell's three-point total was the second highest single-season mark in the program's Division I history.
Rooney was last season's NEC Defensive Player of the Year. She finished fifth in the conference in steals (61) and was assigned to cover the opposing team's top player on numerous occasions. Her .901 free-throw percentage was the best in the NEC and set a Quinnipiac Division I season record.
Neyens rounds out the quartet of captains. Logging considerable minutes off the bench last season, Neyens shot .392 from the floor and finished fourth on the Bobcats in rebounding, pulling down 3.7 per game. She scored a season-high 11 points against rival Yale University on Dec. 12 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.
"Their talent has been the reason we have been a championship caliber team," said Fabbri. "But, more importantly, it has been their leadership that has put us in a position to compete for a conference title."
The Bobcats begin the 2008-09 season at Stony Brook on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.