Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0) at
University Bears (0-1)
Sunday, November 16, 2008 2 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center - Providence, R.I.
Quinnipiac squares off with Brown for just the second time in program history. The two teams met last season at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in the Bobcats' season opener on Nov. 11. Quinnipiac defeated the Bears, 85-41, on the strength of Erin Kerner's (Erie, Pa.) 21 points. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) added 20 of her own in the Bobcats' victory. Quinnipiac enters Sunday's game with Brown having won its first game of the season, 59-45, against Stony Brook Friday afternoon. The Bears lost their season opener, 62-39, to Providence on Friday night. Sunday's game marks the Bears' first home game of the season, while it is the second of four straight road games to open the year for the Bobcats.
Freshman Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) made an impact in her first collegiate game. In just 15 minutes of play, Barron recorded 14 points and a game-high 7 steals. She had two separate three-point plays in the early stages of the second half that helped the Bobcats pull away from the Seawolves en route to the their first win of the season. The seven steals are the second-most in Quinnipiac Division I history, trailing Kerner's eight against Central Connecticut on Feb. 1, 2006.
Kerner's 22 points against Stony Brook are her most in a season-opening game during her four seasons with the Bobcats. Last year, Kerner scored 21 points against Sunday's opponent, Brown, in the 2007-08 opener.
Last season, Kerner set a Quinnipiac program record with 63 three-point field goals. Against Stony Brook, Kerner hit 3-of-4 from behind the arc to begin the season. She finished the game 9-of-16 from the floor.
Three Bobcats finished with a share of the team lead in rebounds Friday afternoon. Senior Brianna Rooney (Guildford, Conn.), junior Krystal Lazos (Medford, Conn.) and freshman Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) each pulled down six boards. In her first collegiate game, Mann grabbed four of her six rebounds on the offensive glass. Rooney had a team-high five offensive boards.
Quinnipiac received a strong performance from its bench. The Bobcats' reserves outscored Stony Brook's, 22-15. Barron's 14 points led the way for the Bobcats coming off the bench. Of the 10 Quinnipiac players who saw action in the game, nine scored.
The Bobcats led the Seawolves, 23-22, at halftime. Last season, the Bobcats posted a 19-2 record when leading at the half. Quinnipiac outscored Stony Brook, 36-23, in the second half for the 14-point win. The win was also the Bobcats' third consecutive victory to open a season.