Women's Basketball Defeats Vermont, 72-53, At TD Banknorth Classic

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Vermont, 72-53, in the first game of the TD Banknorth Classic Saturday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium. Felicia Barron's 17 points led the way for the Bobcats against the tournament-host Catamounts. Quinnipiac pulled away late, outscoring Vermont, 37-23, in the second half. The Bobcats remain undefeated this season with the win, improving to 3-0. The loss evens Vermont's record at 1-1.

The Bobcats trailed by as many as eight in the first, but were able to come back as Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) and Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) combined for 23 points in the opening period. Kerner hit a three-pointer with 5:39 remaining in the first half that was followed by a quick steal on the inbound and a layup from Barron, cutting the Vermont lead to two. Barron's second three-point field goal of the half with just under five minutes left gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game, 28-27.

Quinnipiac took a 35-30 lead into halftime with Barron scoring 10 of the team's final 12 points in the first. The freshman guard's 15 points in the first half passed her previous career high of 14 set against Stony Brook in the season-opening win.

After the Catamounts had taken the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) brought the Bobcats back with two three-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt. Her first three came after Barron sprinted to block a May Kotsopoulous layup from behind. Barron collected the rebound and pushed the ball up to Pennewell waiting on the left side for the open shot.

Sarah McGowan's (Red Lion, Pa.) two three-pointers midway through the second half gave Quinnipiac an 11-point lead, 53-42. The Bobcats built the lead to 19 points with less than two minutes remaining in the game on two Kerner jump shots from the top of the key.

Pennewell and McGowan each finished with 15 points, combining for six three-point field goals in the game. McGowan went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc, while Kerner added 12 points.

Senior Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) had a team-high four assists, while holding the America East Player of the Week Courtnay Pilypaitis to seven points, including just two in the second half. Rooney and Barron each had two steals for the Bobcats

Quinnipiac plays again tomorrow as it takes on the winner of Michigan State and Dartmouth's game. Sunday's game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.