HAMDEN, Conn. For the second consecutive week and the third time in program history, the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team received a vote in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats are 8-1 overall this season after defeating Wagner, 78-52, on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y. The win improved Quinnipiac's record to 2-0 in Northeast Conference play this season.
This is the first time in program history that Quinnipiac has received a vote in consecutive weeks in the national poll. Last week, the Bobcats also received a vote after handing both Hartford and Monmouth losses at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac defeated the defending America East Champions Hartford, 73-61, on Dec. 3. In the Bobcats' next game, they outlasted Monmouth, 57-52, in their NEC opener.
Against Wagner, senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led the team with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range. Three other players scored in double figures for the Bobcats, who have yet to lose on the road this season (4-0). Junior Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) added 12 points, while senior Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added 10 and junior Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) scored a season-high 11 in the win against the Seahawks.
Quinnipiac has a conference-best +8.7 scoring margin this season, holding opponents to just 57.3 points per game. The Bobcats also lead the NEC turnover margin (+4.0) and assist/turnover ratio (0.80). Kerner is currently fourth in the conference in scoring with 17.0 points per game as she helped the Bobcats to five consecutive wins.
The University of Connecticut sits atop the national poll with all 31 first-place votes and a 7-0 overall record. Quinnipiac will take on Duke on Dec. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Currently, the Blue Devils are ranked 12th in the nation and defeated No. 4 Stanford Tuesday night, 56-52, in the team's most recent game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 21 in New Haven, Conn., as they take on Yale in the "Christmas Clash" at Payne Whitney Gym. The Bobcats and Bulldogs are scheduled to tip-off at 1 p.m.