HAMDEN, Conn. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) recorded her first double-double of the season as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Bryant, 66-49, Saturday afternoon at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The win improves the Bobcats' record to 13-8 overall and snaps a three-game losing streak. The loss drops the Bulldogs' overall mark to 6-14 this season.
Pennewell finished one rebound shy of her career high, pulling down 11 in the game, while adding 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and a season-high four assists. Senior guard Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led all scorers with 18 points, while picking up four assists and had six rebounds. Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) had 12 points, a game-high five steals and six boards in the win. Bryant's Kelsey O'Keefe was the only player in double-figures in scoring for the Bulldogs, finishing with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
"It was important for us to get this win because this was a game we knew we had to have," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "I thought wire-to-wire that we were in control and our abilities took over. It was good to see us get into a consistent offensive rhythm."
The Bobcats started the game quickly, building the lead to as much as 16 points in the first half. All 12 of Rooney's points came in the first as the guard shot 5-of-7 from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play. Pennewell connected on all three of her three-point field goals in the first half, scoring 11 points in the period as the Bobcats took a 36-24 lead into the half.
After Bryant cut the deficit to eight points with 15:38 remaining, Kerner took control down the stretch, scoring 13 second-half points. Nine of her points in the second half came with under 10 minutes to play as the Bobcats built the largest lead of the game to 22 points with 6:18 remaining.
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) added nine points and three assists, while finishing a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) doubled her previous career high of four rebounds, pulling down eight against the Bulldogs on Saturday in 15 minutes of play.
Quinnipiac scored 24 points in the paint and had 20 off Bryant turnovers. The Bobcats' defense held the Bulldogs to just 29.3 percent (17-58) shooting in the game, while causing 25 turnovers and recording 12 steals. Quinnipiac shot 39.1 percent (25-64) from the floor in the game and finished 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free-throw line, including 9-of-10 in the second half as the team held on for the 17-point victory, 66-49.
The Bobcats return to action on Monday in Fairfield, Conn., as they take on intra-state rival Sacred Heart. The teams are set to tip-off at 7 p.m.