Women's Basketball Defeats Wagner, 78-52

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball improved to 2-0 in Northeast Conference play with a 78-52 win against the Wagner Seahawks Saturday afternoon at the Spiro Sports Center. Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led the Bobcats with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Quinnipiac's record improves to 8-1 overall with the win, while the loss drops Wagner to 3-4 and 0-1 in conference play.

The Bobcats built an early 20-6 lead. Kerner scored the first six Quinnipiac points as the team took a 6-4 lead four minutes into the game. Brianna Rooney's (Guilford, Conn.) catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the left wing sparked a 14-2 run by the Bobcats over the next six minutes.

After Wagner cut the Bobcats' lead to 10, Mandy Pennewell's (West Chester, Pa.) three-pointer from the left corner and two free-throws on consecutive possessions put the team back up by 15, 35-20. The Seahawks' Ashley Olsen and Stephanie McBride closed out the half with two three-points to head into the locker room with the Bobcats leading, 39-28.

Kerner led Quinnipiac at the halfway mark with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) had a team-high three rebounds and two steals in the opening period for the Bobcats. Wagner's Olsen was the Seahawks' top scorer with 10 points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Quinnipiac pushed the lead to 28 as they began the second half on a 22-5 run. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) hit jump shots from 15 feet out on consecutive possessions to help the Bobcats pull away midway through the second half.

Three of the Bobcats five starters finished in double-digit scoring as Kerner (20), Rooney (10) and Lazos(11) all eclipsed the 10-point mark. Sarah McGowan's (Red Lion, Pa.) 12 points off the bench gave Quinnipiac four players in double digits. The Bobcats finished with a season-low nine turnovers, with their first not coming until nearly 14 minutes into the first half.

The 26-point win is the largest of the season for Quinnipiac, six more than their 19-point win over Vermont in the first game of the TD Banknorth Classic on Nov. 22. Neyens tied her career high with four assists, while Rooney also had four assists in the game and a game-high four steals.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 21, when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on the Yale Bulldogs at Payne Whitney Gym. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off.