Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-5, 4-2 NEC) at
St. Francis (N.Y.) College Terriers (3-13, 2-4 NEC)
Monday, January 19, 2009 4 p.m.
Peter Aquilone Court Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team enters Monday's matchup with St. Francis (N.Y.) having lost its most recent game, 60-48, Saturday afternoon at Monmouth. Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led the Bobcats with 20 points in the game, the seventh time this season that the guard has scored 20 or more points in a contest. Quinnipiac dropped its second Northeast Conference game of the season with the loss to the Hawks, but split the season series with Monmouth, having defeated them, 57-52, Dec. 6 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in the NEC opener for both teams. St. Francis (N.Y.) hosts the Bobcats having defeated Long Island, 49-48, in its last game.
Scouting The Terriers
St. Francis (N.Y.) claimed a one-point victory at Long Island in the "Battle Of Brooklyn" Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Sara Ayers was named the game's "Most Valuable Player" as she scored the tying basket late in the game. Those two points propelled her into the 1,000-point club, becoming just the 12th player in Terrier history to achieve the feat. Ayers is the current NEC leader in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game this season. Kendra Williams is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg), while Kristen Miah has dished out a team-best 64 assists this season for an average of four per game. The Terriers are 2-4 in conference play with wins over LIU and Wagner.
20 Is The New 17.5
Kerner reached the 20-point mark for the seventh time this year at Monmouth. This season, the senior guard has led the Bobcats in scoring in nine of 15 games. She currently ranks in the top five in the NEC in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game.
Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) set a career-high with two assists in the game against the Hawks. The sophomore forward had had one assist on three separate occasions, but had never had multiple assists in a contest until Saturday.
Lazos Comes In
Junior forward Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) set season highs in assists, steals and blocks at Monmouth. Lazos finished with two assists, two steals and her first block of the season, while adding five points off the bench.
McGowan Makes It Count
Coming off the bench, Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) added a spark to the Bobcats early against the Hawks. Scoring on back-to-back possessions and assisting on the next in the first half, the junior finished with seven points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.
New Jersey No More
The Bobcats are 0-2 this season in the state of New Jersey after falling to Monmouth Saturday and Fairleigh Dickinson earlier this month. Quinnipiac takes on the Terriers in Brooklyn on Monday, having not lost a game in New York this year. The team opened the season with a win at Stony Brook on Nov. 14 and followed that with its first conference road game with a 26-point victory at Wagner on Dec. 13.
She Blocked You
Freshman Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) picked up her first-career block Saturday afternoon. Dunbar sent back an Alexis Scott jumper just over three and a half minutes into the first half for the first rejection of her collegiate career.
Fast Break Follies
Quinnipiac held the Hawks without a fast-break point in the game. The Bobcats were able to control the pace of the running game, limiting Monmouth to fewer breaks and pressuring them when they were able to move the ball up-court, causing missed layups. The Bobcats also outscored the Hawks' bench, 12-9.
Kerner is now just 38 points away from becoming the program's Division I scoring leader. Ashlee Kelly (2004) is the current leader with 1,580 career points. Kerner became just the second player to reach 1,500 points in the game against the Red Flash last weekend.