The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team ends a 10-day hiatus with its game Tuesday night at Providence. The Bobcats and Friars will square off from Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium with tip-off set for 7 p.m. It will be the first game for Quinnipiac since it opened the 2009-10 season Nov. 14 at Hartford with a 71-53 loss. These two teams met last season at the TD Bank Sports Center on Nov. 30 with the Bobcats defeating the Friars, 78-69.
Scouting the Friars
Providence enters the game with an unbeaten 3-0 record. This is the first time since 2006-07 that the Friars have begun the season with three consecutive victories as they were winners of their first six that year. Junior Mi-Khida Hankins was named to the Big East Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 23 for her role in Providence's three victories to start the season. Hankins is averaging a team-leading 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season. She also posted double-doubles against Saint Joseph's and Hartford. Hartford's 59 points were the most allowed by the Friars this season as they have held all three opponents below the 60-point mark.
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After missing the entire 2008-09 season recovering from an injury, redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) made an impact in the season opener at Hartford. Kaminski finished 4-for-4 shooting from the floor for eight points, while adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Of her six boards, four came off the defensive glass.
She's the Mann
Sophomore forward Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) came off the bench to add seven points at Hartford. Of her seven points, three came on a field goal from behind the arc. It was just the third time in her career that Mann had connected on a three-point field goal. Her first two career three-pointers came last season on Dec. 28 at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium as she was 2-of-2 from behind the arc against the Blue Devils.
Setting the Dun'bar' Pretty High
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) finished with a team-high 12 points against the Hawks on Nov. 14. Dunbar finished the game 4-of-7 shooting from the field and was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line in the loss. Dunbar also joined Mann and Kaminski with six boards in the game.
Cleaning Up The Glass
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) led the Bobcats with seven rebounds at Hartford in the season opener. The seven boards were tops on the team, while her five defensive rebounds were also tops amongst all Bobcats in the game. Neyens also finished in double-digit scoring with 10 points and posted a team-best two steals in the game.
Everyone Was There To Help
Against the Hawks, all but two players who saw action recorded at least one rebound. In all, eight players pulled down one or more boards with seven Quinnipiac players recording multiple rebounds in the game.
Also Making Her Return...
Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored 10 points in her first game back since suffering a season-ending knee injury last December. The redshirt freshman connected on four shots from the floor, including two from behind the three-point arc. Barron also matched a team-high two assists in the game, while pulling down two boards and adding a steal in the game against the Hawks.
The nine-point win last season in Hamden, evened the all-time series, 2-2, between Quinnipiac and Providence. After the Friars won the first two meetings between the two teams, the Bobcats have won the last two, including an 83-80 overtime victory in Providence during the 2005-06 season.