Sacred Heart Defeats Women's Basketball, 72-56

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) led the Bobcats with 18 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, but the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell to Sacred Heart Monday night, 72-56, at the William H. Pitt Center. The loss is the fourth in a row to Northeast Conference opponents for the Bobcats and drops their league mark to 6-6 and 13-9 overall. The Pioneers remain unbeaten in NEC play with the win, posting a 13-0 conference record and are 16-7 overall.

Neyens' 18 points tied a career high, while setting a new career high in rebounds with 13. The forward also led the Bobcats with three assists in the game. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) was the only other member of the Bobcats to reach double figures in scoring as she finished with 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Sacred Heart's Kaitlin Sowinski also posted a double-double in the game, leading all scorers with 21 points and adding 10 rebounds.

"Kathleen had a great week of practice," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "We asked that she start looking at the basket more this week and take those open shots. We battled hard down low today and got the points that we usually get from the outside in the low post."

Neyens led the Bobcats in the first half, playing all 20 minutes. The forward was two rebounds short of a double-double with eight boards and 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor and adding four free throws in the opening half. All of Pennewell's seven shots in the first came from behind the three-point arc, connecting on the team's only two of the half. Sacred Heart's Alissa Apo led all scorers at the end of the first half with 12 points as the Pioneers took a 35-25 lead into the locker room.

Sacred Heart came out quickly in the second half, building the lead to 21 with 14 minutes remaining. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) connected on her first field goal of the game just under three minutes into the second, hitting a 16-foot jumper from the right wing. The Pioneers maintained the double-digit lead with strong shooting from the outside. After a Maggie Cosgrove steal following a three-point field goal by Apo, Callan Taylor hit another three-pointer for Sacred Heart to push the lead back to 21 points, 52-31.

The Pioneers held on down the stretch, holding the Bobcats to 12 points in the final 10 minutes of play. Sowinski had 12 of her points in the second half as she helped lead Sacred Heart to the 16-point win, 72-56. Kerner had six points in the game, just the second time this season that the senior guard did not reach double-digit scoring. Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) had seven points and was the only Quinnipiac player other than Pennewell to hit a three-pointer.

For the game, Quinnipiac finished 31 percent (18-58) from the floor, while Sacred Heart shot 43.3 percent (26-60). The Bobcats outrebounded the Pioneers, 44 to 32, while also outshooting them from the free-throw line, finishing 17-of-18 from the line (94%) to Sacred Heart's 12-of-20 (60%). It was the fourth consecutive game that the Bobcats eclipsed the 40 or more rebounds.

Quinnipiac returns to action Saturday, Feb. 14, when they take on Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. The Bobcats and Colonials are set to tip off at 1 p.m. at the Sewall Center.