HACKENSACK, N.J. The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell, 80-66, to Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon at the Rothman Center. The loss was the first of the year in Northeast Conference play for the Bobcats who are now 2-1 and 8-4 overall. The win improves the Knights' NEC mark to 2-1 and 3-7 overall. Quinnipiac has now dropped three consecutive games.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead with forward Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scoring nine points in the first 11 minutes of play. The Knights took their first lead of the game, 23-22, with 7:15 remaining in the first half. Fairleigh Dickinson pushed the lead to 12 points on the strength of a 22-6 run.
The Knights took an eight-point lead into halftime, 36-28. Neyens led the Bobcats with nine points at the break, while Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) had two assists and three steals heading into the half. Fairleigh Dickinson's Christy Altamirano and Mariyah Laury each had 11 points, while Alyssa Mayrose led all players with four assists in the first half.
Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) and Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) helped the Bobcats pull to within three points midway through the second half, but Altamirano and Mayrose scored 27 of the Knights' first 28 points of the second half to help build the lead to nine, 64-55.
Fairleigh Dickinson pulled away down the stretch with Altamirano finishing with a game-high 28 points. Mayrose added 25 in the team's second conference win of the season.
Neyens' 15 points was her second-highest scoring output of the season. Pennewell finished with 12 points, one shy of reaching the 1,000 career-point plateau. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) and Pennewell each had a game-high three steals. Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and joined Neyens as just the second member of the Bobcats to reach double figures in rebounds in a game this season.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they host NEC opponent Saint Francis at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The game is set for a noon tip-off.