Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-1, 2-0 NEC) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (3-5, 0-0 Ivy League)
Sunday, December 21, 2008 1 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater New Haven, Conn.
The Bobcats and the Bulldogs square off for the 11th consecutive season on Sunday. Quinnipiac won last season's contest, 70-60, and has won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. In the Bobcats' most recent game, the team defeated Northeast Conference opponent Wagner, 78-52, in Staten Island, N.Y., on Dec. 13. Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) scored 20 points, pulled down three rebounds and added three assists in the team's fifth-straight win. The 26-point margin of victory was the most this season for the Bobcats.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale welcomes Quinnipiac to the John J. Lee Amphitheater for the first time since Jan. 4, 2006 when the Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs, 62-47. This season, Yale has posted a 3-5 overall record and has yet to play a conference game. The Bulldogs are coming into Sunday's game on a two-game losing streak after dropping back-to-back road contests to Stony Book and Army. Junior Melissa Colborne leads the Bulldogs this season with 17.6 points per game. Haywood Wright's 8.6 rebounds per game leads Yale this season and is just ahead of sophomore Mary Gobrecht's 6.9 boards per game.
Sunday's game marks the first annual Christmas Clash between Yale and Quinnipiac. Admission to the game is free for seniors, children under 14-years old and fans who bring toys for the Toys-For-Tots Drive.
After opening their NEC schedule with wins against Monmouth at the TD Banknorth Sports Center and Wagner on the road, the Bobcats will take a two-game hiatus from conference play. The game against Yale on Sunday is followed by a trip to Durham, N.C., to take on national power Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 28.
For the second week in a row, Quinnipiac received a vote in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Top 25 Division I Coaches' Poll. This was just the third time in program history that the Bobcats received a vote in the national poll. Last season, Quinnipiac received a vote in early January after beginning the season 13-2.
On A Run
The Bobcats' current five-game winning streak is the longest of the season. Last season, Quinnipiac put together three winning streaks of 6 or more. The team opened this season on a four-game win streak.
Four members of the Bobcats scored in double digits against Wagner. Kerner led the way with 20 points. Junior Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) came off the bench to score 12 points, while starters Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) scored a season-high 11 points and Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added 10 of her own.
The Bobcats attempted a season-high 27 free-throws against the Seahawks. Quinnipiac's 20-made free throws were the second most of this year, after connecting on 21 against Providence on Nov. 30.
Dishin' It Out
The 21 assists by the Bobcats against Wagner were a season-high. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Rooney each had a game-high four assists against the Seahawks. The 21 assists were five more than the team's previous high of 16 set against the Friars.
Quinnipiac leads the NEC in four statistical categories this season. The Bobcats currently are the conference's leaders in scoring margin (+8.7), free-throw percentage (.734), turnover margin (+4.0) and assist/turnover ratio (0.80). Rooney is tied for the lead in the NEC in steals with 24 and second in steals per game with 2.67.
Two Bobcats are in the top three in three-pointers this season. Senior Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) is third in the conference in three-point field goals made per game (1.89), while Rooney is second three-point field goal percentage (.563).