December 30, 2009

Head Coach Tricia Fabbri Wins 200th Career Game As Women's Basketball Defeats Central Michigan, 90-79

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Central Michigan, 90-79, in the Consolation Game of the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament at the BankUnited Center Tuesday afternoon. The win was the 200th in Head Coach Tricia Fabbri's career, all coming with the Bobcats. Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar's (Edison, N.J.) second double-double of the season helped Quinnipiac to the victory, improving its record to 5-6. The Chippewas fall to 3-9 after losing both games in the South Florida tournament.

"You don't play for the career wins, you play to see what you can build in each season," said Fabbri following the game. "I've had a great opportunity to be at Quinnipiac for 15 seasons and get all those wins here. That is something that is very special to me."

For the second game in a row Dunbar was a presence in the first half. She pulled down seven boards in the first 20 minutes of play, while adding six points and two steals. Sophomore forward Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) scored eight points in the first and added two blocks.

Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) led all scorers in the first half with nine points. The fifth-year Bobcat also helped send the Bobcats into the half with a seven-point lead, 35-28, with a buzzer-beater along the baseline from 12 feet out. Quinnipiac took the lead with 18:42 remaining and never relinquished it again in the game

Quinnipiac pulled away in the second half to post a season-best 90 points in the win. Neyens finished with a career-high 20 points and eight rebounds, just short of her second double-double of the season. Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) joined Neyens, Mann and Dunbar in double-figure scoring as she finished with 18 points. Mann's 10 points in the game marked just the second time in her career that she reached the double-figures mark. For her efforts, Dunbar was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Central Michigan's Heidi Warczinsky led her team with 20 points. Kaihla Szunko finished with a double-double of 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds as the Chippewas made a late run to pull within 10 points, 86-76, in the final minute, but could not complete the run as Quinnipiac maintained the lead and the win, 90-79.

"The best thing about playing such a disappointing game is that we had such a short turnaround time," said Fabbri. "We had to focus our attention immediately on Central Michigan, which is the best-case scenario after a tough defeat."

The Bobcats outrebounded the Chippewas in the contest, 43-41. Quinnipiac also outshot CMU in the game as it connected on 50.0 percent (28-56) of its field goal attempts in the game to the Chippewas' 32.1 percent (25-78).

The Bobcats concluded their nonconference schedule with the two-day tournament. Quinnipiac will begin its Northeast Conference schedule Saturday, Jan. 2 at Monmouth in West Long Branch N.J. The Bobcats and Hawks will tip-off from Monmouth's Multipurpose Activity Center. The game marks the first NEC contest ever to be played in the newly-opened arena.