Women's Basketball Hosts Long Island Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-6, 6-3 NEC) vs.

Long Island University Blackbirds (6-13, 1-7 NEC)

Saturday, January 31, 2009 – 12 p.m.

TD Banknorth Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Saturday's Game

The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team plays host to the Blackbirds of Long Island on Saturday at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats are coming off a 69-57 loss to Sacred Heart on Monday night. The loss to the Pioneers was the first of the season at home for Quinnipiac. However, the Bobcats' Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) became the career scoring leader in the program's Division I history. The senior guard finished with a team-high 16 points to give her 1,588 for her career. Quinnipiac enters the weekend fourth in the Northeast Conference with a 6-3 mark, while the Blackbirds are in last place with just one win in conference play to go along with seven losses.

Scouting the Blackbirds

Long Island comes into the weekend with a 1-7 record in conference play with its one lone coming at Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 19, 47-46. The Blackbirds are led by Ashley Palmer and her 17.8 points per game. Palmer has led Long Island in scoring in all but three games this season and has been named the Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week on five occasions this season. Prior to the win against the Mountaineers, the Blackbirds last won on Dec. 28 against New Mexico State, 74-52, in San Diego, Calif. Long Island knocked the Bobcats out of the NEC Tournament last season in the semifinals. The Blackbirds were a lower seed, but played at home as they hosted the first two rounds of the tournament.

See It Now, Hear It Now
Saturday's game can be heard on WQUN.com. Eli Olken-Dann will handle the play-by-play duties with Bob Tipson adding color analysis. The game can also be seen on a live videostream on the Bobcat Channel. Both the can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.

Top Of The Charts

Kerner became just the second player in the program's Division I history to eclipse the 1,500-point mark earlier this season. On Monday, her ninth point of the game moved he into sole possession of the program's career scoring mark since joining the DI ranks for the 1998-99 season. The senior guard is now second all-time in scoring with 1,588 points.

Model of Consistency

Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added three more steals to her season total in the game against the Pioneers. Rooney is the NEC leader in steals (45) and steals per game this season (2.65). She is also fifth in the conference with .841 free-throw percentage.

Back In The Saddle Again

Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) was one rebound shy of double digits against Sacred Heart. This season, Neyens has two games of 10 or more boards, reaching a double-double in both those games. Neyens pulled down seven of her nine rebounds on the defensive end of the floor against the Pioneers.

Bangs McCoy

Junior Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) finished the game with the Pioneers two points shy of her season high of 15. McGowan's 13 points were second only to Kerner's 16 for the Bobcats in the game. She also matched her season high with five made field goals.

Deep Impact

The Quinnipiac bench players combined for 17 points against Sacred Heart, 14 more than the Pioneers. All of those 17 points came from McGowan and Neyens. Those two players combined for 58 of 62 of the Bobcats' minutes off the bench.

Helping Hand

Kerner led the Bobcats in assists for just the fifth time this season against Sacred Heart. She matched her high when leading the team with four in the game.

Back The Light Of Day
The loss on Monday was the first time this season that Quinnipiac had lost a night game (after 6 p.m.) this season. The Bobcats are now 3-1 in night games and 9-5 in games played during the day.

Free Looks, Free Points
The Bobcats are third in the NEC in free-throw percentage this season (.736). Against the Central Connecticut, the Bobcats finished 9-of-10 from the line.

Out In Front
Quinnipiac are currently second in the NEC in scoring margin, defeating opponents by 2.3 points a game. The Bobcats also rank fourth in the conference in scoring defense, holding teams to 60.9 points per contest.