Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6, 0-0 NEC) at
Monmouth University Hawks (5-6, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Multipurpose Activity Center - West Long Branch, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team opens its 2009-10 Northeast Conference schedule Saturday afternoon at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., at 3 p.m. The Bobcats are coming off an 11-point win, 90-79, against Central Michigan in the Consolation Game of the Wyndham Miami Holiday Tournament at the BankUnited Center. After falling to the hosts from Miami in the first game of the two-day tournament, the Bobcats defeated the Chippewas to earn Head Coach Tricia Fabbri's 200th career victory.
Saturday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Bill Schweizer will provide play-by-play, while Bob Tipson will add color analysis. The game can also be seen live on the Bobcat Channel's live video feed as well as live stats. All can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth comes into Saturday's game sporting an identical record to Quinnipiac at 5-6 overall and 0-0 in conference play. The game also marks the first NEC contest to be played in the newly opened Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Monmouth's campus. Monmouth recently won the Hawk Holiday Classic with victories against Howard and LaSalle. Alysha Womack leads the Hawks this season with 10.2 points per game, while Abby Martin is the team's top rebounder pulling down 7.8 boards a contest. Monmouth and Quinnipiac are the last two teams to play an NEC game in the 2009-10 season as both begin its conference schedules on Saturday.
200 and Counting
Fabbri earned her 200th career win on Tuesday with the victory against Central Michigan. The win came in her 402nd career game at the helm of the Bobcats. During her 15 seasons at Quinnipiac, Fabbri has 138 NEC wins and 105 total victories in Hamden.
For the second time this season, sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) recorded a double-double. Against the Chippewas, Dunbar matched her career high of 15 points, while pulling down 12 boards for the double-double. She scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds at Providence on Nov. 24 for her first of the season.
Against Miami, junior Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points. Jann went 5-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-5 from long range in the game. She also connected on both free-throws attempts in just 15 minutes of play.
Pulling down 12 boards against CMU was not a feat that was new to Dunbar. In the first game of the tournament, the Quinnipiac sophomore also pulled down 12 rebounds against Miami. Despite finishing with 12 in the game, Dunbar was on pace for more than 20 in the contest as she had 11 after 20 minutes of play.
After giving up a season-high 93 points to Miami on Monday, Quinnipiac bounced back with a season-high 90 points of its own on Tuesday against the Chippewas. The Bobcats shot 25.4 percent against the Hurricanes only to double that and finish 50 percent (28-56) from the floor against CMU.
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) set a new career-high with 20 points against the Chippewas. Her previous high of 18 came in two separate games with the most recent coming last season at Sacred Heart on Feb. 2, 2009. She also pulled down eight boards in the game, two shy of reaching her second double-double of the season, while her 20 points marked a season team high.
Double Digit Team
Joining Dunbar and Neyens in double figures were junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.). Kaminski scored 18 points, matching her season high, while Mann reached double figures for just the second time in her career with 10 points in the game.
Almost Perfect From the Line
Four of the five Quinnipiac players with an opportunity against CMU were perfect from the free-throw line. Neyens became the second player to finish 10-for-10 from the charity stripe this season, joining Kaminski to accomplish the achievement. Kaminski was also 5-for-5 against the Chippewas. Dunbar connected on all four free-throw attempts, while Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) was 2-for-2 in the game.
Fire Up Cats!
Against CMU, Quinnipiac finished with 20 assists. It marked the first time in nearly 10 years that the Bobcats posted 20 assists in a game. The last time the team accomplished the feat was against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 23, 2000.