Women's Basketball Falls To Michigan State, 81-48

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell to Michigan State, 81-48, Sunday afternoon in the Championship Game of the TD Banknorth Classic at Patrick Gymnasium. The loss is the first of the season for the Bobcats, dropping their record to 3-1. Michigan State remains undefeated this year at 5-0 with the win.

The Bobcats trailed by as many as 30 points in the opening half. Michigan State's 6-foot-9-inch center Allyssa DeHaan led the way for the Spartans, scoring 12 first-half points on 4-of-7 shooting and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Michigan State led going into halftime, 41-18.

Quinnipiac senior Mandy Pennewell's (West Chester, Pa.) buzzer-beating shot in the first half cut into the lead, but Michigan State tightened defensively and maintained the advantage. Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) recorded Quinnipiac's lone three-point field goal of the first half. Against Vermont, the Bobcats had made a season-high 10 three-point field goals.

DeHaan scored her 1,000th career point five minutes into the second half as the Spartans built the lead to 33 points, 56-23. She finished the game with 21 points.

Senior guard Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led the Bobcats with 13 points and was named to the TD Banknorth Classic All-Tournament Team. Michigan State's Kalisha Keane was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists against the Bobcats.

Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) and Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) came off the bench and added eight points for the Bobcats. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) led the Bobcats with three assists one day after dropping 17 points on Vermont.

Tournament-host Vermont defeated Dartmouth, 82-77, in triple overtime in the day's first game. Quinnipiac had defeated the Catamounts, 72-53, in the opening-day matchup, while Dartmouth fell to Michigan State in overtime Saturday afternoon, 62-50.

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center as they play Delaware in the team's home opener. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.