Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-9, 6-6 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (12-13, 8-5 NEC)
Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:00 p.m.
Sewall Center Moon Township, Pa.
Valentine's Day Game
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team squares off with the Colonials of Robert Morris for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon. The two teams met in Hamden at the TD Banknorth Sports Center on Jan. 12, with the Bobcats pulling out a 51-49 comeback win. Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) highlighted the game for the Bobcats, setting career highs in points (15) and rebounds (13), while also scoring the game-winning layup with eight seconds remaining. The Bobcats trailed by 11 at the half before scoring 32 second-half points en route to their fourth Northeast Conference win of the season. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 12-7, including wins in the last three meetings.
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris comes into the game with the Bobcats having lost by one, 61-60, to Sacred Heart Thursday night. The loss was just the second of the season at the Sewall Center for the Colonials with Sade Logan scored a game-high 26 points in the loss. Monet Johnson and Kendra Williams combined for 12 assists in the contest with Johnson leading all players with seven. The Colonials have lost three in a row and currently sit third in the NEC with an 8-5 mark in league play and are one game under .500 overall with a 12-13 record. In the last game played between the teams, Johnson led the Colonials with 18 points and Grace Williams added 12 points.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Greg Ott will have the play-by-play call with Pat Salvas providing color commentary.
New Game Plan
relied on a new system of play against Sacred Heart in the team's
most recent game on Monday night in Fairfield. Junior forward
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) tied her career high of 18 points
on 6-of-7 shooting from the field against the Pioneers. Neyens set
a career high with 13 rebounds in the game as well, including eight
in the first half as she finished with her team-leading third
double-double of the season.
Using the Whole Bench
The Bobcats used the entire bench for just the second time this season. Quinnipiac also used all 12 players in uniform against Duke on Dec. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Held Down, But Not Out
Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) was held under 10 points for the second time this year as she managed just six points in the matchup with the Pioneers. She was held scoreless at Duke, but managed to pull down a team-high seven boards against the sixth-ranked Blue Devils.
Free Looks, Free Points
For the second game in a row, the Bobcats shot over 90% from the field. Quinnipiac shot 17-of-18 (94.4%) from the charity stripe against Sacred Heart. In the 17-point win against future NEC opponent Bryant on Feb. 7, the team connected on 11 of its 12 (90.9%) free-throw attempts. Neyens and Dunbar combined to connect on all 10 of their attempts in the victory over the Bulldogs.
Two For Two
Neyens' double-double was her third of the season, but Mandy's Pennewell's (West Chester, Pa.) double dip in stats against Bryant was her first of the of the 2008-09 campaign. The senior guard scored 17 points and added a season-high 10 boards in the win.
Dish and Dash
Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) is the league leader in steals (56) and steals per game (2.67), while also leading the team in assists. This season the senior co-captain has dished out 78 assists in 21 games played. She holds the top three assist marks in a game this year, including tying a career high of nine against Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 2 in Hamden.
96 Is Pretty Much An A+
Kerner, Pennewell and Rooney have combined for 96 three-point field goals this season. Pennewell leads the team and ranks eighth in the league with 49 three-pointers, while Kerner is tenth in the NEC with 31 made three-point field goals. Rooney has added 16 field goals from behind the arc to round out the trio of guards.
Kerner has not won a game at Robert Morris since joining the Bobcats for the 2005-06 season. A resident of Western Pennsylvania, Kerner has yet to win a game at the Sewall Center, but has won two of three career games at DeGol Arena against Monday night's opponent, Saint Francis (Pa.).