Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-5, 5-2 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (11-6, 6-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 24, 2009 4 p.m.
Detrick Gymnasium New Britain, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team travels to take on intrastate rival Central Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium. The Bobcats enter the game having won their most recent game, 60-45, at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday afternoon. The team is currently in fourth in the Northeast Conference with a 5-2 mark in league play, while the Blue Devils enter the game second in the NEC with a 6-1 conference record. Saturday's game marks the 34th all-time meeting between the two teams with the Bobcats leading the series 22-11, including winning the last 15 contests.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut's lost its first NEC game of the season Monday night at Robert Morris, 66-51. The Blue Devils have already won twice as many conference games as they did all of last season (3-15 NEC) and began this year by winning their first six games in NEC play. This season, the team has been led by the trio of Shontice Simmons, Kerrianne Duggan and Leanne Crockett. All three players are averaging more than 10 points a game with Simmons leading the way with 11.9 per game. Crockett was named the Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 13 after averaging 15 points per game in the Blue Devils' three wins.
Oh So Close
Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) finished with 19 points against the Terriers Monday afternoon. She is now just 19 points away from becoming the program's Division I career scoring leader, moving ahead of Ashlee Kelly's (2004) mark of 1,580 points. The game with the Blue Devils will mark the 98th of Kerner's career. Kelley set the mark in 102 career games played. As of Monday, Kerner was 41st in the nation in scoring (17.5)
Nutmeg State Wins
The trip to Detrick Gymnasium will be just the third arena in the state of Connecticut that the Bobcats have played in this season. Quinnipiac is 6-0 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center this season, while suffering its only in-state loss on Dec. 21 at Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Step Up And Step In
After playing in just four minutes all season before Monday, freshman walk-on Brittany Capozziello (Fairfield, Conn.) made her presence felt at St. Francis (N.Y.). Capozziello scored her first two collegiate points, while adding a team-high five rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
After coming off the bench for just the second time all season, Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored 12 points and shot 6-of-10 from the field against the Terriers. Four of Neyens' six field goals came on mid-range jump shots from the baseline. She added three steals in 19 minutes of action.
In Other Ways...
Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) continues to rack up big minutes for the Bobcats, averaging 29.9 per game this season, good for third on the team. She played a team-high 35 for the second-straight contest Monday. The senior guard also finished with a team-high five assists and four steals.
New York, New York
The Bobcats are 3-0 in the Empire State this season after handing St. Francis (N.Y.) a 15-point loss. Quinnipiac began the season with a 14-point win, 59-45, at Stony Brook on Nov. 14 before dispatching Wagner on Staten Island by 26 on Dec. 13, 78-52.
The win at St. Francis was marked by three standout defensive-team stats. Quinnipiac held the Terriers to the second fewest points allowed this season and the fewest by an NEC opponent, while also allowing the fewest field goals in a game this season by an opponent (15). The .283 field-goal percentage was also the lowest by any team all season against the Bobcats.
A Different Kind of Trifecta
Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) is usually known for three-point field goals, but finished with a season-high three assists Monday. The senior guard now has 23 assists on the season.