The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opens its 2009-10 home season against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 29 at noon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats enter the game having lost their first two games of the season, both on the road to Hartford and Providence. Quinnipiac will begin a two-game homestand with the contest against the Wildcats before heading back on the road for two more games at the Brown Bear Classic next weekend.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire comes to the TD Bank Sports Center for the first time in program history. The Wildcats are 3-1 after a 13-point overtime win, 78-65, against Harvard on Tuesday night in Durham, N.H. The team had previously edged possible Brown Bear Classic opponent UMass, 58-57, on Nov. 20 at home. The lone loss of the season came at ACC and national power Maryland on Nov. 16 by 20 points, 63-43, after opening the season with a win at home against St. Joseph's. They have held opponents to a .303 shooting percentage from the floor this year, while shooting .373 as a team. Denise Beliveau leads UNH in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, while Candace is second in scoring with 12.5 points a contest. Beliveau is also the team's top rebounder, pulling down an average of 7.8 per game.
Sunday's game can be heard live on WQUN and on the WQUN webstream. Bill Schweizer and Bill Mecca will be together for the first time on the radio this season to broadcast a women's basketball game. Joining them for the call will be former Quinnipiac men's assistant coach Bob Tipson. Fans can also follow the action using live stats provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. A live videostream will also be available to fans on the Bobcat Channel. All multimedia can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
Career Day... Kind Of
Sophomore forward Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) tied her career high in rebounds on Tuesday night against the Friars. Dunbar pulled down 13 boards in the game, including 10 on the defensive end of the floor. Dunbar also added 10 points to become the first member of the team to record a double-double in 2009-10.
First Half Heat
Redshirt freshman Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) finished the game at Providence with a team-high 12 points. All of those points came in the first half of play and from beyond the three-point arc. Barron started the game 3-of-3 from downtown and finished the first stanza 4-of-5 from long range. Three of her trifectas came in transition to help the Bobcats remain within striking distance in the first half.
She's Doing Just Fine
After missing all of 2008-09 recovering from an ankle injury, redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) has returned to form this season. Kaminski played a game-high 32 minutes Tuesday night. The Quinnipiac forward scored 10 points in the contest and was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line against the Friars. She also pulled down five boards in the game.
Block Party of Sorts
After not recording a single block in the season opener at Hartford, the Bobcats sent back three Providence shots on Tuesday night. Kaminski and redshirt senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) each posted their first blocks of the season. Junior Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) also had a rejection in the game, sending back a Jessica Clark shot with 1:28 left in the game.
Freshman guard Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) finished one point shy of her first career double-digit scoring game. The first-year Bobcat scored nine points in just 15 minutes of play on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor, connecting on one three pointer and both her free-throw attempts.
The Bobcats lead the Wildcats in the all-time series, 2-0. The teams met in consecutive seasons in 2003-04 and 2004-05, with Quinnipiac taking both meetings. The Bobcats won the first on Dec.3, 2003 by six points, 82-76, before taking a three-point win in Durham, 68-65, on Nov. 22, 2004.
Two Quinnipiac assistant coaches will look to the bench and see a familiar name on the opponent's jersey. Helen Ridley and Mountain MacGillivray both spent time on the UNH sidelines during their careers. MacGillivray is in his first season with the Bobcats after spending the previous two years with the Wildcats, serving as the team's recruiting coordinator for the 2008-09 season. Ridley was a graduate assistant for the Wildcats during the 2005-06 season before being promoted to an assistant coach for the 2006-07 season. The last time these two teams met, Ridley scored 12 points and had nine rebounds.