Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-8, 6-5 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (6-13)
Saturday, February 7, 2009 12 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Eli Olken-Dann Will Handle the play-by-play with color from Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson. The game can be heard on WQUN.com and seen on a live video stream as part of the Bobcat Channel. These can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team welcomes future Northeast Conference opponent Bryant to the TD Banknorth Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats and Bulldogs will take part in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Pink Zone". The event will feature the teams using a pink game ball and pink NEC t-shirts to the first 250 fans in attendance. Quinnipiac University will also recognize "National Girls & Women In Sports Day" at the game. The team will wear pink shoelaces, while the coaching staff will wear pink and black to promote breast cancer awareness.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant squares off with Quinnipiac for the first time since 1998, while holding a 17-12 lead in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 6-13 this season with wins against NEC teams St. Francis (N.Y.) and Central Connecticut. Kelsey O'Keefe leads the team with an average of 15.3 points per game. Cara Johnson is second on the team in scoring with 9.2 points a contest, while leading the team in steals. O'Keefe is also the Bulldogs' leader in rebounding (8.3 rpg), three-point field goals (33/1.7 per game) and made free throws (2.0 per game).
Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) set a new career high in rebounds on Monday night. The senior guard pulled down 10 rebounds for the first time since joining the Bobcats. She also dished out a season-best nine assists, tying her career high, also set against Mount St. Mary's in a game last season. Rooney added had a game-high three steals.
"We Want The Ball And We're Going To Score"
The Bobcats had more than twice as many points as the Mountaineers off turnovers. Twenty-five of Quinnipiac's points came off turnovers, while the Mount was able to score just 12 points off miscues.
After beginning the season a perfect 6-0 on Lender Court, the Bobcats have dropped the last three games on their home floor. The three-game skid is the longest in more than two years for the team and the first three-game losing streak at home since 2001-02.
One Short Of A Baker's Dozen
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored 12 second-half points Monday night. The junior forward scored six points in a minute span in the closing minutes of play to help pull the Bobcats to within one possession.
Leader of the Pack... Again
Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) scored a team-high 16 points against the Mountaineers. It was the thirteenth time this season that the guard has led the Bobcats in scoring. She is currently second in the NEC in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game
Usually Spells A Win
The Bobcats are a perfect 8-0 this season when shooting better than its opponent. The last time Quinnipiac outshot an opponent was Jan. 24 at Central Connecticut, a 63-57 defeat of the Blue Devils.
The 11th Hour
Mandy Pennewell's (West Chester, Pa.) 15 points on Monday night give her 1,100 for her career. Pennewell ranks 15th all time at Quinnipiac and seventh in program history since joining the Division I ranks prior to the 1998-99 season. The senior guard connected on a team-high six field goals in the game, including three three-pointers.
Quinnipiac boasted an impressive defense on Monday. Seven members of the Bobcats combined for 16 steals. All seven players recorded multiple thefts in the game, including five players with two as Rooney and Kerner each had three in the game. The Mount was only able to manage five steals the entire game.
The First 20
Quinnipiac dropped its seventh game of the season when trailing at halftime. The Bobcats were down by 15 points, 33-18, at half against the Mountaineers before making a late-game push. The only game that the team has won this season when trailing after one period was a two-point win against Robert Morris, 51-49, on Jan. 12.
The Bobcats pulled down their third-highest rebound total against the Mountaineers. The 41 boards marked the fifth time this season that the team eclipsed the 40-rebound figure. Quinnipiac had 42 in the previous game against LIU for a two-game total of 83, its highest this season.
To read more about Saturday's activities, please click on the link
above titled "Bobcats Battle Breast
NOTE: To read more about Saturday's activities, please click on the link above titled "Bobcats Battle Breast Cancer".