STONY BROOK, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opened the 2008-09 season with a 59-45 win against Stony Brook University Friday night at the Stony Brook Sports Complex. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa) led the Bobcats with 22 points on nine of 16 shooting, including three of four from three-point range. The Bobcats begin the season 1-0 for the third consecutive year, while Stony Brook drops to 0-1 with the loss.
Quinnipiac fell behind early, trailing 9-2 five minutes into the game. The Bobcats chipped away at the Seawolves' lead, pulling to within one, 11-10, on a Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) layup with 10:56 remaining in the opening half. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) and Kerner hit back-to-back three pointers to give the Bobcats a 17-12 lead just over three minutes later.
The Bobcats took a one-point lead into halftime, 23-22. Kerner's seven points led the Bobcats after one half of play, while Stony Brook's Misha Horsey led all scorers with eight.
After falling behind again in the opening minutes of the second half, Kerner sparked a Bobcats' comeback. The senior guard stole the ball from Horsey at midcourt and hit a 16-foot jump shot to give the Bobcats the lead.
Freshman Felicia Barron's (Springfield, Mass.) three-point play three minutes into the second half, followed by Kerner's second three-point field goal just over a minute later gave the Bobcats a six-point lead, 32-26. Barron completed another three-point play after being fouled driving to the lane for a layup.
With 12:35 remaining, Barron stole the ball and went the length of the court for a layup, giving the Bobcats a 10-point lead, 40-30. She finished with a game-high seven steals and 14 points. The freshman guard also went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Kerner and Barron combined to score 16 of the Bobcats' final 22 points in the game. Last season's NEC Defensive Player of the Year Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) had a game-high three assists against the Seawolves.
Quinnipiac returns to action Sunday, Nov. 16 as it travels to providence, R.I., to take on Brown University. The Bobcats and Bears are scheduled to tipoff at 2 p.m.