Women's Basketball Travels To Take On Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday Afternoon

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-3, 2-0 NEC) at

Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (2-7, 1-1 NEC)

Saturday, January 3, 2009 – 4:30 p.m.

Rothman Center – Hackensack, N.J.

Saturday's Game

The Bobcats kick off their second slate of Northeast Conference games this weekend against Fairleigh Dickinson. In Quinnipiac's most recent game, the Bobcats fell at Cameron Indoor Stadium to No. 6 Duke, 78-50. The Bobcats fell behind early in the first half, but managed to play with the Blue Devils in the second, matching Duke's second-half scoring output, 29-29. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) scored a game-high 17 points against Duke, while recording a season-high three steals. The game marked the first time in almost a decade that Quinnipiac squared-off with a top-10 opponent. The Bobcats lead the all-time series with the Knights, 17-2, including having won the last 11 contests between the teams dating back to 2002.

Scouting The Knights

Fairleigh Dickinson comes into the game with the Bobcats with a 2-7 overall record and are 1-1 in NEC play. In the team's last game, the Knights fell 71-47 to St. Bonaventure on Dec. 30. In Fairleigh Dickinson's NEC opener, the team fell to Sacred Heart, 81-45, on Dec. 6 before defeating Monmouth, 60-56, in overtime two days later in West Long Branch, N.J. The Knight's only other win came in their first game of the season against future NEC opponent Bryant, 59-51. Mariyah Laury and Christy Altamirano are each averaging 13.4 points per game to lead the Knights this season. Altamirano is also the team leader with 7.6 rebounds a contest, while second on the team with 19 assists. Alyssa Mayrose is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game, while also ranking second on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.

On Air

Saturday's game can be heard on www.WQUN.com. Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play, while Bob Tipson will add the color. Live stats are also available by clicking on the link above.

Millennium Club

With her 17 points at Duke, Pennewell is now just 13 points away from joining fellow senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) with 1,000 career points. Pennewell came into the season with 859 points and has 128 through 11 games this season, including a season-high 21 at Brown on Nov. 16.

Movin' On Up

With her 35-point performance at Yale, Kerner moved into second place all-time in career scoring in the program's Division I history. The senior guard now has 1,467 career points, moving her past Sara Esidore (2004) for second all-time. She now trails only Ashlee Kelley's career mark of 1,580 points by 113 points for the program's all-time lead.

Leading In New Ways

Kerner was held scoreless at Duke, but led the Bobcats with seven rebounds at Cameron Indoor. Five of her season-high seven boards came at the defensive end of the floor. It was the first time this season that Kerner had led the team in boards. She also led the team with three assists.

Career Day

Freshman forward Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored a career-high 11 points at Duke. Dunbar came off the bench and was the only player besides Pennewell to score in double figures. She finished 4-of-9 from the field, while also tying her high of two steals in the game.

Downtown Train

Pennewell finished with a game-high three three-point field goals at Duke. This season, Pennewell ranks third in the NEC with a .412 three-point shooting percentage and fourth in the conference with 21 three-point field goals made.

Career First

Freshman Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) connected on her first career three-pointer in the game against the Blue Devils. Her first came by beating the shot clock before it expired, while she following by hitting her second just under two minutes later. Those two baskets proved to be the only two of the game for Mann, while she added four rebounds and an assist.

Take It Back

Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) is tied for second in the NEC with 26 steals this season. The senior guard is the only player in program history to reach the 200-steal plateau as she has 217 in her career. Kerner is second all-time with 170 steals, 47 behind Rooney.

Send It Back

Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) recorded her first block of the season. Duke's Bridgette Mitchell attempt a jump shot in the final seconds of the game, but was rejected by Adams as the final buzzer sounded. Krystal Lazos (Medford, Conn.) was the only other Quinnipiac player to record a block in the contest.