Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-5) vs.
Yale University Bulldogs (4-4)
Monday, December 21, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD Bank Sports Center
After a short mid-season break, the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team returns to action on Monday, Dec. 21 against New Haven County rival Yale at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m. The Bobcats enter the game having won their last contest, 68-59, against the Maine Black Bears on Dec. 12, improving their records to 3-5 this season. Yale is 4-4 coming to Hamden for the first time in two seasons after falling to California-Davis in its most recent game, 60-55.
Scouting the Bulldogs
After winning two consecutive games at Bucknell and against Boston University, Yale fell to UC-Davis, 60-55, Saturday night at Lee Amphitheatre in New Haven. Monday's game is one year to the day that these two teams last met. On Dec. 21, 2008, the Bulldogs handed the Bobcats a 77-73 overtime loss for Quinnipiac's second defeat of the season. Melissa Colbourne went for 21 points in that game and leads the team this season, averaging 10.3 points per game. Mady Gobrecht is second on the team in scoring with a 10.1 ppg average. Michele Cashen leads the Bulldogs this season in rebounds, pulling down 7.5 per game. This will be just the second true road game of the season for Yale as they have played two games on neutral floors, losing both, and beating Bucknell on their court.
Monday's game can be heard live on WQUN and the WQUN Web stream. Bill Schweizer will handle play-by-play duties, while Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will add color commentary. The game can also be seen on the Bobcat Channel's video feed. Live stats will also be provided for fans to follow the action. Both are provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com and can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
Against Maine, redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) put in a solid performance, leading her team in points and rebounds. Kaminski scored 17 points against the Black Bears and pulled down a team-high eight boards in the game.
Junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) has become Head Coach Tricia Fabbri's go-to reserve player. Coming off the bench against Maine, Jann scored 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor, including connecting on three from long range. Jann also hit both of her free throws in the win over the Black Bears in 27 minutes of play.
After a slow start to her freshman season, guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had her finest performance as a member of the Bobcats against Maine. The first-year guard played all 20 minutes in the second half and finished with a career-high nine points, four rebounds and five assists, while adding a three-pointer from very long range and three total field goals.
Leader On The Court
Redshirt senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored 12 points in a team-high 34 minutes of action against Maine. She pulled down seven boards in the game, while matching her career high in assists with four.
The Bobcats have won three games this season. In all three games, Quinnipiac has scored 68 points, while holding opponents to 59 points or less. Also, the top rebounder on the Bobcats this season is: the entire team. Quinnipiac has 56 team rebounds through the first eight games with Kaminski as the top individual rebounder with 55 this season.
Deadly From Downtown
The Bobcats are second in the Northeast Conference in three-pointers made per game as a team this season. Quinnipiac is averaging 6.75 three-point field goals in its first eight games of the 2009-10 season.
Continuing With The Statistical Trends...
Quinnipiac is also second in the NEC in defensive rebounds per game, trailing only Bryant. The Bobcats are averaging 28.38 boards at the defensive end per game this season, ahead of Central Connecticut in third with a 27.75 average.