Brown Bear Classic
Quinnipiac University Bobcats vs. either
Brown University Bears (2-5) or
University of Massachusetts Minutewomen (3-4)
Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 1/3 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center - Providence, R.I.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will compete in the Brown Bear Classic in Providence, R.I., over the weekend hosted by Brown University. The Bobcats will take on Morgan State on Saturday at 3 p.m., at the Pizzitola Sports Center following the conclusion of the UMass-Brown contest. Depending on the outcome of Saturday's games, Quinnipiac will take on either the Bears or the Minutewomen Sunday at either 1 or 3 p.m.
Scouting Morgan State
The Bobcats' first opponent of the weekend will be the Bears of Morgan State. The Bears are the only team in the tournament with a record of at least .500 at 3-3. This marks the first time that the teams have ever met one another. Morgan State is coming off a nine-point win, 83-74, against Murray State on Nov. 28. Corin Adams leads the Bears in scoring with 19.2 points per game and has a team-high 17 steals this season. Georgien Williams is second on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game, while leading with 7.5 rebounds per game and 17 assists through six games.
Brown will host the Brown Bear Classic on their home floor at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bobcats have defeated the Bears in each of the last two seasons, opening the 2007-08 campaign with a 44-point win, 85-41, at the TD Bank Sports Center and handing Brown a 17-point loss, 79-62, in an early-season matchup in 2008-09. The Bears enter the game with a 2-5 record with back-to-back wins over Northeast Conference opponents in Central Connecticut and Bryant earlier in the season. Currently on a three-game losing streak, Brown enters the weekend following a 29-point loss to Boston University on Wednesday night at home.
The Minutewomen are 3-4 this season and are looking to repeat as Brown Bear Classic Champions after winning both games last season in Providence against LIU and Brown. UMass won back-to-back contests earlier in the season, but have lost their last two games at Miami and Northeastern. The Minutewomen suffered a one-point loss to New Hampshire, 58-57, on Nov. 20; a team the Bobcats defeated by 14, 68-54, for their only win of the season. Kristina Danella leads her team this season, averaging 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Nicole Jones is second in both categories, averaging 11.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
This weekend's games can be heard live on the WQUN webstream provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Paul Pacelli will be providing fans with play-by-play, while Pat Salvas will add color commentary for both games in Providence. Fans can also follow the action using live stats provided by www.brownbears.com.
Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) made her impact felt in the team's most recent game against St. Bonaventure. Kaminski scored a team-high 18 points in the loss and added five rebounds in the game. She finished the contest 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, while connecting on one three-pointer and hitting all seven of her free throws in the game.
Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) set new career highs in points, assists and blocks against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday. Jann scored a new high of eight points, while also setting new career bests with two assists and two blocks against the Bonnies.
First Year Best
Freshman Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) also set a new career high with 11 points on Wednesday night. It marked the first time in her career that she eclipsed the 10-point mark in a game. Her 2-for-2 performance from behind the arc was the first time this season that a member of the Bobcats has connected on all of their three-point field goal attempts when shooting more than once from long range.
Watch Out For Those Two On D
Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) lead the team in steals this season. Barron has nine in her last two games, while Dunbar stripped opponents of the ball seven times during the Bobcats' two-game homestand. For the season, Barron has 12 and Dunbar has eight.
The Bobcats bench outscored the Bonnies' reserves Wednesday night, 24-14. Simmons and Jann combined for 19 of those points, with freshmen Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) adding the other five points off the bench.
For the first time this season, the Bobcats were outrebounded by an opponent. St. Bonaventure grabbed two more boards, 33-31, than Quinnipiac in its 10-point win. The 31 rebounds were 11 fewer than their previous low of 42 set in the season opener at Hartford on Nov. 14.