Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-7, 1-1 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (4-10, 1-2 NEC)
Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 12 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will play its second game of the weekend Saturday at noon as its hosts Wagner at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are coming off a six-point loss, 59-53, to Mount St. Mary's Thursday night in the team's first Northeast Conference home game of the season. Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) set a new career high of 15 rebounds in the loss to the Mount, while earning her second double-double of the season adding 16 points in the game.
Wagner comes to Hamden for the only time this season on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks boast a 4-10 overall mark this season and are 1-2 in NEC play after three games. The two losses came to Robert Morris and, most recently, defending league champion Sacred Heart Thursday night. Wagner defeated Saint Francis (Pa.), 76-74, in overtime on Jan. 4 for its only conference win of the season. Megan Mahoney is the only player to average double-digit scoring this season, scoring 15.4 points per game in just five contests. Junior Sha'Ron Harrison, a transfer from Delaware, is the team's leading scorer amongst players who have seen action in all 14 games, averaging 9.9 points per game. Junior forward Ashley Olsen is the only Wagner to player to have started in all 14 games this season and is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 7.9 boards per contest.
Thursday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Bill Schweizer will provide play-by-play, while Bill Mecca and 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 provided by www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. All can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Kaminski went off for 16 points and 15 boards against the Mount on Thursday night. The 16 point-performance was the second highest total of the season, while the 15 rebounds were a new career high. Her previous best was 12 set earlier this season against Vanderbilt. That rebounding figure is the best by a Quinnipiac player this season and the most since Nicole Duperron had 17 against Wagner on Mar. 1, 2008.
The Bobcats finished the game with 11 total blocks. Kaminksi had a career-high five in the game, while NEC league leader Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) was one short of her career high as she sent back four Mountaineer shots. Quinnipiac's previous best mark had been seven set against Monmouth and Miami. In the team's last four games, the Bobcats have 30 total blocks.
For the first time since March of 2006, Quinnipiac did not connect on a three-pointer in a game with the 0-12 performance against the Mount. The previous low this season for the Bobcats had been two, set at home against Yale on Dec. 21.
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) matched Kaminski's point total with 16 against the Mount. Neyens' 16 points now make her second on the team in scoring average at 12.1 a game, just 0.5 back of Kaminski's team-leading 12.6 ppg.
The last time these two teams played was the final regular-season game of 2008-09campaign. Quinnipiac handed Wagner a 12-point defeat, 77-65, on Mar. 3, 2009. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 17-5, and have not lost in the last 14 meetings, dating back to Jan. 14, 2002.
Against the Mount, Neyens played the point guard position for the first time this season. Alyssa Jann (Westford, Mass.) made her first-career start with the Bobcats on Thursday night at the shooting guard position, while Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) moved to small forward after playing much of the season in the role occupied by Jann against Mount.