Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0) vs.
Stony Brook University Seawolves (0-0)
November 14, 2008 5 p.m.
Stony Brook, N.Y. Stony Brook Sports Complex
Stony Brook beings their season Friday at home against the Bobcats. Last season, the Seawolves were led by Senior Aly Young's 10.1 points per game. Sophomore Kristen Jeter is the team's top returning player from the team that posted an 8-23 record in 2007-08. Jeter averaged 9.3 points per game and pulled down 141 rebounds. The Bobcats won last season meeting at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, 87-61, on Nov. 29. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) led the way with 15 points for the Bobcats.
Back in the Saddle Again
The 2008-09 Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has a new look after five players graduated, but this team hopes it can duplicate the most successful season in program history. Last year's Bobcats finished the season with a 25-6 record and a 16-2 mark in the Northeast Conference, winning the Northeast Conference Regular-Season Championship and the top spot in the conference tournament. Quinnipiac posted an impressive 13-2 road record, while also finishing with an 11-2 mark at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in 2007-08.
Bring it Back
The Bobcats will be led by a trio of guards in 2008-09 as Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.), Brianna Rooney (Guildford, Conn.) and Pennewell are all back for their senior seasons. Kerner led the Bobcats in points, points per game, three-pointers and field goals last season, while Pennewell was second in most of the same categories. Both received NEC All-Conference honors as Kerner was named to the First Team and Pennewell was named to the Second Team. Rooney was named last season's NEC Defensive Player of the Year while also leading the Bobcats with 106 assists to match her team-high 64 steals.
The Bobcats hosted a first-round Women's National Invitation Tournament game on March 19, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center against the Iona Gaels. It was the first time the Bobcats played in and hosted a national postseason contest in team history.
Welcome Back Blake
After eight years as the head boys' basketball coach at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., Tom Blake returns to the Quinnipiac bench as women's basketball assistant coach. Blake previously served as an assistant with the men's basketball team from 1997 through 2000. He joins Head Coach Tricia Fabbri and assistants Kara Cassidy and Helen Ridley for 2008-09. Former Bobcats standout Monique Lee will also be returning to the Bobcats after graduating last season, serving as Basketball Operations Intern.
Stepping into the Paint
Coach Fabbri will look to Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) and Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) to fill the gap left when Lee and Nicole Duperron graduated. Both will have elevated roles this season in terms of rebounding and interior scoring presence as the Bobcats lost their two top rebounders from last season.
New Faces in New Places
Joining the team this season is a talented group of freshmen. Heading this list is Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.), who led Central High School to a Massachusetts State Championship, while also garnering Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year honors. Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) and Jacinda Dunbar (Eddison, N.J.) can both score and will help make up for the loss of five players from last season's 25-win team. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) will step into the mix in January after transferring from Colgate last season.
The Art of the Midrange Game
Quinnipiac will still rely on the three-point ball this season, but don't be surprised to see a few shots taken from just inside the arc. Junior Kathleen Neyens' (Jaffrey, N.H.) mid-range jump shot and ability to drive to the basket will give the Bobcats a more-even scoring attack. Joining Neyens as another guard/forward combo player is Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.). After limited time late in the season due to an injury, the junior should be another weapon in the Bobcats' array.