Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-4, 2-1 NEC) vs.
Saint Francis University Red Flash (3-10, 2-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 10, 2009 12 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team takes on Northeast Conference opponent Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday. The Bobcats are currently 2-1 in NEC play after falling to Fairleigh Dickinson, 80-66, in the team's last game on Jan. 3. The Red Flash are also 2-1 and come into the game tied with Quinnipiac for fifth place in the conference standings. The Bobcats are 8-4 overall this season and averaging 65.2 points per game in 12 games.
Scouting the Red Flash
Saint Francis enters the contest with Quinnipiac with a 2-1 mark in conference play and a 3-10 record overall. The Red Flash are leading the NEC with an average of 66.9 points per game, while last in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 76.2 points in each contest. In the team's most recent game, Saint Francis fell to Virginia, 82-66, on Jan. 5. The Red Flash scored a conference-record 97 points against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 6. That figure is 14 points more than the next highest point total scored by an NEC team this season. Saint Francis is led by Britney Hodges' 11.3 point per game. She also leads the team in steals and assists this season. Samantha Leach, Allison Daly and Brittany Lilley are all averaging more than 10 points a game this season as well.
Senior guard Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) scored 12 points at FDU, leaving her with 999 career points. With one more point, Pennewell joins Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) as the only current members of the Bobcats in the 1,000-point club. Pennewell will become the 16th player in program history to reach the mark.
With her 13 points at FDU, Kerner moved to within 100 points of Ashlee Kelly's 1,580 career point total and first on the program's Division I scoring list. Kerner is also 20 points shy of becoming just the second player in Quinnipiac Division I history to reach the 1,500-point plateau.
After starting the season 8-1, Quinnipiac has lost its last three games. This is the first time since the final four games of the 2006-07 that the team has had a three-game losing streak. The Bobcats fell to Yale in overtime on Dec. 21 before dropping games to Duke and Fairleigh Dickinson most recently.
After snapping her 22-game double-digit scoring streak, Kerner scored 13 points at FDU last Saturday. Kerner finished with three field goals, while a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored a career-high 11 points at Duke and followed with another double-digit scoring performance with 10 points at FDU. Dunbar also went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and added a career-high five rebounds.
of the Pack
For the first this season, Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) led the Bobcats in scoring. The forward poured in 15 points against the Knights, including nine in the first 11 minutes of play.
The Bobcats rank third in the NEC is field goal percentage this season. Quinnipiac is shooting at a .403 clip this season with 274 made field goals. The team also is third in the conference in three-point shooting with a .357 field goal percentage from behind the arc.
After missing a game due to illness, senior Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) will be back in the lineup. Rooney is second in the conference with 2.36 steals per game, while helping the Bobcats to a conference-best 9.75 team steals per game.
Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at FDU. The freshman forward became just the second Quinnipiac player this season to pull down at least 10 rebounds in a game. Mann split up the boards, recording five in each half.
Looks, Free Points
The Bobcats lead the NEC in free-throw percentage this season (.743). Against the Knights, Kerner shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, while Dunbar also was perfect on four attempts from the charity stripe.
Four For The Price Of One
Against FDU, Quinnipiac had four players reach double-digits in scoring for the fifth time this season. Dunbar, Neyens, Kerner and Pennewell all reached double figures in scoring. Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) was one point shy of reaching the mark with nine. The Bobcats have only had five players in double figures one time this season, a 73-61 win against Hartford on Dec. 3 at home.