Quinnipiac University Bobcats (15-10, 8-7 NEC) vs.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (9-17, 8-7 NEC)
Monday, February 23, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opens up the final three-game homestand of the regular season against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Knights and Bobcats enter the game with identical 8-7 Northeast Conference records; tied for fifth place in the league standings. The two teams met back on Jan. 3 in Hackensack, N.J., with Fairleigh Dickinson holding on for an 80-66 victory. Both teams have clinched a spot in the NEC Tournament with the Bobcats doing so with their last win on Saturday at Long Island.
Scouting the Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson enters Monday's game having lost its last two games. The Knights dropped its most recent conference game against Central Connecticut last Monday, 71-69, before falling to future NEC opponent Bryant on Saturday afternoon, 59-53. In the first game between the Bobcats and Knights, Christy Altamirano led the way with 28 points and nine rebounds in the FDU win. Mariyah Laury leads the team this season, averaging 14.8 points per game and shooting .383 from the floor. Altamirano leads the Knights with 8.5 rebounds per game this season, while Alyssa Mayrose is second on the team with 7.3 boards a contest.
On The Air
Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play on the Bobcats Sports Network's coverage of the game that can be heard on WQUN.com. Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will add color analysis. The game can also be seen on the Bobcat Channel's live video stream which can be accessed by clicking the "live video" link above.
Three Is Not A Crowd...
...Three players in double-digit scoring against Long Island helped Quinnipiac clinch a berth in the NEC Tournament for the eighth consecutive season. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led all players in scoring in the game with 23, while Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) dropped in 18 of her own and Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) scored 15 second-half points for the Bobcats.
Road Blues Don't Exist Here
Quinnipiac ended its regular season with an 8-6 road record. The Bobcats closed out the season winning two of their final regular-season road contests, including Saturday's 17-point victory over the Blackbirds.
Lenn-ding A Helping Hand
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) each had team highs in rebounds with six against Long Island. Neyens pulled down six defensive boards, while Dunbar had two on the offensive end of the floor and four defensive rebounds in the game.
That's Much Better
Despite connecting on one fewer field goal than in the previous game against Saint Francis (Pa.), Kerner shot nearly two times better against the Blackbirds. Putting up a career-high 27 field goal attempts against the Red Flash, the senior connected on nine. Against the Blackbirds, Kerner finished the game 8-of-13 for a .620 shooting percent.
Leader Of The Pack
Rooney leads the NEC this season in three major statistical categories. The senior guard is the league leader in free-throw percentage (.869), steals (61 for 2.54 per game) and assist to turnover ratio (2.02).
Pennewell is the NEC leader in three-point field goals (58) and three-point field goals per game (2.32) this season. Against Long Island, the senior connected on two more on five attempts to put her on the top of the list by one over Sacred Heart's Maggie Cosgrove.
This Note Brought To You By The Number Three
The 23 points scored by Kerner pushed he back into the top three in scoring in the NEC this season. It was the eighth time that she reached the 20-point mark and pushed her into third in the league in scoring with 17.1 points per game.
Quinnipiac outscored Long Island by a three to two ratio, 21-14, in points off turnovers. The Bobcats also had a 10-3 advantage in second-chance points.