HAMDEN, Conn. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) scored 16 points to break the Quinnipiac Division I career scoring record, but the Bobcats were defeated by Sacred Heart, 69-57, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The 16 points give Kerner 1,588 for her career, surpassing Ashlee Kelly's 1,580 points. Kerner's point total also ranks second all-time in Quinnipiac history, behind only Francine Perry, who totaled 1,855 points for her career. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 12-6 (6-3 NEC), while the Pioneers remain unblemished in the conference at 9-0 (12-7 overall).
Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high six rebounds, while Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added 11 points for the Bobcats. Kaitlin Sowinski led all scorers with 20 points, while Callan Taylor compiled a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds for Sacred Heart. Alisa Apo added 14 points, while Maggie Cosgrove contributed 12 points, all on three-pointers (4-for-5).
For the game, the Pioneers outshot the Bobcats, 39.2 percent (20-51) to 35.8 percent (19-53) from the floor, 50.0 percent (9-18) to 33.3 percent (5-15) from three-point range and 80.0 percent (20-25) to 77.8 percent (14-18) from the free-throw line. Sacred Heart outrebounded Quinnipiac, 40-33.
The Pioneers came out red hot, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the game. The Bobcats answered with nine straight points on three three-pointers, two from Rooney and the other from Kerner, to take an 11-10 lead. After the teams exchanged buckets, Sacred Heart went on a 7-0 run to establish a six-point lead, 19-13, with 11:37 left in the half. The Pioneers would never again relinquish the lead.
After the Bobcats scored five straight points to cut the deficit to one, Sacred Heart scored 10 of the next 12 points to take its largest lead of the half, 29-20, at the 6:11 mark. The Bobcats would whittle the deficit down to two with 1:57 left in the half, thanks in large part to seven straight Kerner points. During the span, Kerner connected on an 18-foot jumper to surpass Kelly's 1,580 career points for the top spot on Quinnipiac Division I career scoring list. Sowinski led all first-half scorers with 14 points for the Pioneers, while Kerner led the Bobcats with 12.
Sacred Heart quickly pushed the lead to double digits in the second half and Kerner became saddled by foul trouble. Without Kerner in the line-up, the Bobcats' offense sputtered, and by the 8:29 mark, the Pioneers had built their largest lead, 57-40. Quinnipiac closed the deficit to no fewer than nine points the rest of the way.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to Long Island. Opening tip is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.