Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-5) vs.
No. 17 University of Texas Longhorns (7-3) or
Central Michigan University (3-7)
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 5 p.m.
Coral Cables, Fla. - BankUnited Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball returns to action at the University of Miami Holiday Tournament in Coral Cables, Fla., on Dec. 28 and 29. The Bobcats will take on the hosts from Miami at 5 p.m., on Monday in the first game of the tournament. Depending on the outcome of the game with the Hurricanes, Quinnipiac will then face either Texas or Central Michigan on Tuesday afternoon. This will be the second regular-season tournament of the 2009-10 campaign for the Bobcats, who finished as the runner-up at the Brown Bear Classic in Providence earlier this month.
Miami enters their tournament with the best record of any of the four teams at 9-1. Most recently, the Hurricanes defeated Cornell, 101-62, in Ithaca on Dec. 21. The team's lone loss of the season came against Nebraska on Dec. 5 at home, 76-71. This season, the Hurricanes are outscoring opponents by an average of 18.6 points in their 10 games. Sophomore guard Riquna Williams is averaging a team-best 24.1 points per game this season. Shenise Johnson is second on the team, averaging just over 18 points a game, while Diane Barnes leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 10.0 boards a contest. Scouting Texas
The No. 17 Longhorns enter the Miami Holiday Tournament sporting a 7-3 record. The three losses this season have come to perennial national powers in USC, Tennessee and the defending National Champions from Connecticut. Brittainey Raven is the team's leading scorer this season, averaging 14.5 points per game in 2009-10 without making one start. Kathleen Nash has started all 10 games for Texas and is second in scoring with an average of 12.3 ppg, while also leading her team with 7.4 rebounds a game. Ashleigh Fontenett leads the Longhorns in assists with 31 in starting all 10 of the team's games.
Scouting Central Michigan
The Chippewas bring their 3-7 record to Coral Cables for the holiday tourney. Central Michigan is just 1-5 away from home this season, while sporting a 2-2 mark on its own home floor in 2009-10. After losing two straight games in Alabama to UAB and Alabama-Huntsville, the Chippewas defeated Howard at home by 28 points, 88-60, on Saturday, Dec. 19. Shonda Long is CMU's leading scorer this season, averaging 15.3 ppg. Kaihla Szunko is the Chippewas leading rebounder, pulling down an average of 8.6 boards per game.
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Last Time Out
Quinnipiac travels to Miami riding a two-game winning streak. In the Bobcats' last game, they defeated Yale by 16 points, 75-59, Monday, Dec. 21 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac led the entire game, never once falling behind to the Bulldogs in the win over its New Haven County rivals. The Bobcats used a 14-3 run midway through the second half to pull away for its eighth win all-time over Yale.
With the win against the Bulldogs, Head Coach Tricia Fabbri moved to within one of 200 in her career. Fabbri, already the all-time winningest coach in program history, began the season just five shy of the milestone figure with 195 wins. Fabbri's Bobcats have never faced either Central Michigan or Texas and have fallen to Miami in the one previous meeting in the 2002-03 season.
Redshirt senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) recorded her first double-double of the season on Monday night against Yale. Neyens earned the double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, one shy of tying her career high of 13 set last season at Sacred Heart. She also added a career-best six assists in the win.
Perfect From the Line
Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) was held without a point in the first half, but finished 14 in the game. Kaminski was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes of play to help Quinnipiac pull away from the Bulldogs down the stretch for the 75-59 win.
Quinnipiac's bench outscored Yale's by a 28-point margin, 33-5. Two freshmen guards accounted for 24 points for the Bobcats in the game. Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) came off the bench for Quinnipiac and scored 12 points apiece. Lebak and Simmons combined to shoot 8-of-11 from the floor in the game.
Down Low Power
The Bobcats dominated the paint scoring against Yale on Monday. Quinnipiac scored 20 more points than the Bulldogs in the key, 36-16, in the game after holding Yale without any in the first half. In contrast, the Bobcats scored 16 first-half paint points.
Pass and Move
Lebak and Neyens combined for 11 assists against Yale. Lebak dished out five, while Neyens had a career-best six in the game. The 11 assists between the two was the most by any two Bobcats in a game this season.
Yet Another Anomaly
The 10 made free throws by Kaminski was the first time that a Quinnipiac player had made connected on 10 or more from the charity stripe in exactly one year. Erin Kerner made 13 from the line on Dec. 21, 2008 against the Yale Bulldogs, the same team that Kaminski accomplished the feat against Monday night.