HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University women's basketball seniors Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) and Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa) were honored by the Northeast Conference. Rooney was tabbed as the NEC's Defensive Player of the Year, while Kerner was named to the All-NEC First Team. Rooney received the honor as the league's top defender for the second-consecutive season, while Kerner earns First-Team honors for the second-straight year as well. Kerner has been recognized by the league each of her four years with the Bobcats after being selected as a member of the Second Team her freshman and sophomore seasons as well as being honored as the Rookie of the Year in 2005-06.
Rooney is the only player in program history to be honored as the league's top defensive player, having done so in back-to-back seasons. She finished her senior season at Quinnipiac as the NEC's leader in steals (70) and steals per game (2.59) and is the program's Division I leader with 259. Rooney also led the league this season in assist/turnover ratio (2.28) and free-throw percentage (.887), while ranking fourth in the NEC in assists per game (4.22).
Kerner earns All-NEC First-Team honors for the second year in a row after finishing third in the NEC in points per game (17.5). This season, the senior guard became the Bobcats' Division I career leader in points. She now ranks second all-time at Quinnipiac with 1,700 career points. Kerner is the program's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (186) and is second to Rooney in steals (207) in the program's Division I history. She was named the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week on three separate occasions in her final season as a member of the Bobcats, including the final two weeks of the regular season.
Fourth-seeded Quinnipiac will begin NEC-Tournament play, Saturday, Mar. 7, as it takes on No. 5 Monmouth in the quarterfinals. The game is set to tip-off at 2:30 p.m. from Sacred Heart's William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.