Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 3-1 NEC) vs.
Robert Morris Colonials (5-9, 3-1 NEC)
Monday, January 12, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team enters Monday's game with Robert Morris having won its previous game, 77-66, against Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. In the contest, two members of the team reached milestone scoring figures in the Bobcats third Northeast Conference win of the season. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) broke the 1,000-point mark in the first minute of the game, while Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) became just the second player in the program's Division I history to reach 1,500 career points.
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris wraps up a three-game road trip against the Bobcats on Monday night. The Colonials fell to Sacred Heart in its most recent game Saturday, 83-70. The team began the three-game swing against Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 5 with a 60-46 victory. Sade Logan is 32 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career in just two years. Junior Monet Johnson recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season against Sacred Heart, posting 17 points and 10 rebounds. The two-time defending conference champions have lost four of the last five games against the Bobcats, with Quinnipiac taking all four games on its home floor. The Bobcats have won eight of 10 home games against the Colonials since joining the NEC.
With Kerner and Pennewell both reaching scoring milestones against the Red Flash, senior Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) became the next closest member of the Bobcats to reaching the 1,000-point mark. Rooney is just 187 points away from the achievement.
The 32-point performance was the second-highest scoring output of the season for Kerner. She had 35 points at Yale on Dec. 21. Kerner's career-high is 37, set in last season's NEC semifinals against Long Island, two shy of the program's all-time single-game scoring record.
Pennewell and Kerner's records might have taken a majority of the headlines, but Rooney's all-around performance against Saint Francis sealed the victory for the Bobcats. After missing a game due to illness, the senior guard scored nine points, while adding five steals, five assists and pulling down seven rebounds.
Freshman Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) pulled down a career-high eight rebounds on Saturday. Her eight boards were a game-high as the forward made her first start of the season. Dunbar added two steals in the contest with the Red Flash.
Down The Stretch
After building a lead to as many as 18 points, Quinnipiac held off a late surge by the Red Flash thanks in large part to timely free-throw shooting. Kerner connected on nine second-half free throws to finish the game 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Quinnipiac attempted 27 free throws in the second half as a team after only taking four in the first 20 minutes of play.
First Half Fury
The trio of Kerner, Rooney and Pennewell connected on all five three-point field goals in the first half on Saturday. Kerner and Pennewell each hit on both of their attempts, while Rooney's only attempt of the half gave the Bobcats the 34-29 halftime lead.
Three members of the Bobcats shot a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line against Saint Francis. Dunbar, Rooney and Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) all connected on both free-throw attempts in the game.
Send It Back
Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) recorded the only block of the game for Quinnipiac against the Red Flash. She sent back a Samantha Leach shot with just over seven minutes remaining to help the Bobcats maintain the lead.
Home Sweet Home
After dropping the final three games of the four-game road swing, Quinnipiac won its fifth game of the season at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats are 5-0 this season at home and are beating opponents by an average of 9.2 on Lender Court.