Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-9, 7-6 NEC) at
Saint Francis (Pa.) (9-15, 7-6 NEC)
Monday, February 16, 2009 7 p.m.
DeGol Arena Loretto, Pa.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team comes into Monday night's game with the Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash having won its most recent game against Robert Morris, 74-57, Saturday afternoon. The 17-point win was the first for the Bobcats at the Sewall Center in almost five years, dating back to March 1, 2004. Pennsylvania natives Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) and Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) led Quinnipiac with 19 points apiece in the team's seventh Northeast Conference victory of the season. Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) matched her season and career high in assists with nine against the Colonials. A win for either the Bobcats or Red Flash will guarantee a spot in the NEC Tournament.
Scouting the Red Flash
Saint Francis enters the game losers of its last two games. On Saturday, the Red Flash fell to top-ranked Sacred Heart, 76-69, at home, one game after falling at Central Connecticut in overtime, 70-67. This is the second meeting for the two teams this season with the Bobcats taking the first matchup in Hamden on Jan. 10, 77-66. Coming into that game, both teams had identical 2-1 conference marks. Entering Monday night's contest, the Bobcats and Red Flash are tied for fifth with 7-6 record in league play. Samantha Leach leads the team this season, averaging 12.9 points per game with Janie Killian pulling down 6.3 boards per game. Britney Hodges is averaging 4.0 assists this season, good for fifth in the NEC.
On The Air
Monday's game can be heard on WQUN.com. Steve Degler will provide play-by-play with Pat Salvas adding color commentary.
Valentine's Day Victory
The Bobcats swept the season series with Robert Morris after its 74-57 win on Saturday. It was the first time the Bobcats' senior class was able to win at the Sewall Center since coming to Quinnipiac for the 2005-06 season.
It Seems Windy In Here
Rooney's nine assists matched her career high. Both previous times she reached that figure came against Mount St. Mary's, including a game on Feb. 2 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Rooney also eclipsed her season high in points, scoring 16 against the Colonials.
High Up There
The 74 points the Bobcats scored on Saturday was the fifth highest point total this season. When Quinnipiac scores 70 or more points, the team is 7-1 this season.
Under 60 Is Great In Golf Too
When the Bobcats hold an opponent under 60 points this season, the team is 8-1. The team's lone loss when allowing fewer than 60 points came to Long Island on Jan. 31, 52-49.
Great Start Off The Bench
Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) came off the bench and matched her career high in points with four against Robert Morris. The sophomore forward also matched her career high with two assists in the game.
Move Over Duke
Kerner's previous top rebounding figure this season came against Duke on Dec. 28, when the senior guard pulled down seven boards. On Saturday, Kerner matched that figure, while also scoring a game-high 19 points. She currently ranks fourth in the NEC in scoring with a 16.8 average this season.
Rooney ranks first in the league with 59 steals. The senior forward is also at the top of the list in steals per game (2.68) this season.
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) was the fourth member of the Bobcats to reach double figures in scoring against Robert Morris. The junior forward had 10 points in the win for her seventh game this season of 10 or more points.
Deadly From Deep
Pennewell finished 5-of-10 from three-point range on Saturday. This season, the senior ranks first in the NEC with 2.35 three-pointers per game, while also tied for the league lead with 54 trifectas made.
Hold On Tight And Then Dish It Out
Rooney leads the NEC in assist/turnover ratio this season at 2.07. The senior guard has 87 assists and 42 turnovers this season. The closest player in the top 10 in the NEC to Rooney in terms of turnovers has 22 more at 64 this year.