Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-4, 4-1 NEC) at
Monmouth University Hawks (6-9, 1-4 NEC)
Saturday, January 17, 2009 3 p.m.
Boylan Gymnasium West Long Branch, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team puts its two-game winning streak on the line against the Monmouth Hawks Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats come into the game having won its last two games, both against Northeast Conference opponents. Quinnipiac cruised to an 11-point win against Saint Francis on Jan. 10 before mounting a comeback and defeating Robert Morris, 51-49, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats and Hawks met earlier this season on Dec. 6 with Quinnipiac claiming a 57-52 NEC-opening win on the strength of Erin Kerner's (Erie, Pa.) 14 points.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth comes into the game having defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 63-56, in its most recent game and its lone NEC win of the season. The victory improved the team's record to 6-9 overall. Against the Terriers, freshman guard Alexis Canady scored a career-high 14 points, while adding sevens boards and three steals. Senior Jennifer Bender is sixth in the NEC in scoring with 15.7 points per game and fifth in rebounds with 7.9. Bender recorded a double-double against St. Francis (N.Y.) in the team's last game, scoring 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
It Now, See It Now
Saturdays' game can be heard on WQUN.com. Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play duties with Bob Tipson adding color commentary. Live stats and a videostream are also available by clinking the appropriate links above.
It Now, See It Now
The Bobcats were down by 11 points at the half against Robert Morris on Monday night before mounting a second-half comeback for the two-point victory. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded her first career double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) in the win, including scoring the game-winning layup with eight seconds remaining.
Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) tied a season-high 21 points against the Colonials. Pennewell attempted a career-high 24 field goals and 15 three-pointers in the game. She connected on eight field goals, including four from behind the arc. The senior guard helped the Bobcats down the stretch, scoring 14 of her 21 points in the second half.
The Bobcats reversed the outcome from the first half against the Colonials. After falling behind, 30-19, at halftime, Quinnipiac outscored the Robert Morris 32-19 in the second half.
Keep It Going
Kerner scored 10 points against the Colonials in the Bobcats' fourth conference win of the year. The senior has scored in double-digits in all but one game this season. She had season-highs in assists and steals with five apiece against Robert Morris.
Sophomore Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) logged a season-high 15 minutes of play against the Colonials. Pratt played big minutes down the stretch and was a contributing factor to the Bobcats' comeback-win, pulling down five boards and two key free-throws.
When Quinnipiac holds teams to 69 points or less this season, the team is a perfect 10-0. The Bobcats have not defeated an opponent this season when allowing more than 70 points.
Double-Double Spells Win
Dunbar's first career double-double was the third of the season by a member of the Bobcats. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) is the only other Quinnipiac player to reach the figure this season, putting together back-to-back double-doubles in wins against Providence and Hartford.