MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. For the first time since March 2004, the Quinnipiac University women's basketball defeated Robert Morris at the Sewall Center on Saturday afternoon, 74-57. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) and Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) each had 19 points in the game to lead all players, while Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added a season-high 16 points and tied her season high in assists with nine. The win moves the Bobcats back over .500 in Northeast Conference play with a 7-6 mark (14-9 overall). Robert Morris falls to 8-6 in league play and 12-14 overall with the loss.
"We really came out firing," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "This team had a great defensive effort today wire-to-wire. We played with a real desire to end the losing and win this game and the way we did that was with aggressive play, good shooting and team defense."
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor to give Quinnipiac four players in double-figures in scoring in the game. Monet Johnson had 17 rebounds and 12 points for the Colonials, while Sade Logan had a team-high 17 points in the loss.
Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with key shots by Pennewell and Rooney from three-point range. The Bobcats helped build an 11-point halftime lead, 32-21, on the strength of 11 first-half offensive rebounds. Forwards Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) and Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) each pulled down three offensive boards in the first half of play. Robert Morris' Sade Logan led all scorers in the opening period with 12 points with Johnson pulling down a game-high 10 boards in the half.
The Bobcats began to pull away in the second half, pushing the lead to as much as 25 midway through the period. Strong play from all five starters and key contributions from role players helped the Bobcats earn their second win of the season against the Colonials to sweep the season-series.
For the game, Quinnipiac outrebounded Robert Morris, 48-42, including pulling down 21 boards off the offensive glass. The Bobcats outshot the Colonials 26-66 (39.4 percent) to 21-64 (32.8 percent) in the game, while also connecting on five more three-point field goals. Quinnipiac connected on 10-of-20 from behind the arc, while Robert Morris hit just five of its 19 opportunities from long range.
Quinnipiac returns to action Monday night in Loretto, Pa., as they take on Saint Francis (Pa.). The Bobcats and Red Flash are set to tip-off from DeGol Arena at 7 p.m.