Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-7, 3-1 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (5-9, 2-2 NEC)
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 - 4:30 p.m.
New Britain, Conn. - William H. Detrick Gymnasium
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team continues Northeast Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 14 against in-state rival Central Connecticut State at 4:30 p.m., at Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Conn. The Bobcats enter the game having won their last two contests and sporting a 3-1 NEC mark and are 8-7 overall. Quinnipiac won its third conference game of the season Monday night against Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-62.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut welcomes the Bobcats to its home floor on Thursday afternoon. The Blue Devils enter the game 2-2 in NEC play after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 76-73, on Jan. 9 in Hackensack. The team's other NEC win came at St. Francis (N.Y.), while losses came at Monmouth and Long Island. Kerrianne Dugan leads the Blue Devils with 11.4 points per game this season. Leanne Crockett is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per contest, while leading the team in rebounding at 8.7 a game. Dugan is second on the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.6 boards per game.
Thursday's game can be heard live on WQUN and WQUN.com. Bill Schweizer will provide the play-by-play, while Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will add color analysis. Fans can also follow the action using live stats. Both can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
Junior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) posted career highs in points, rebounds and steals against FDU Monday night. Her nine points were one short of a double-double as she also pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds in the game. Her two steals were also a career high as she had previously recorded one steal on nine occasions.
Quinnipiac's 22 assists in the win against FDU were a season high. The Bobcats previously reached 20 assists this season on Dec. 29 against Central Michigan at the Miami Holiday Tournament. It was the second highest mark since joining Division I in 1998-99. Quinnipiac owns the NEC mark for assists in a game with 36 set against Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 14, 2008.
Part Of That Record Day
Freshmen guards Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) and Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) each finished with seven assists against the Knights. The seven assists were a career high for Simmons, who had previously dished out four in a game twice. Lebak matched her career best, while reaching the seven-assist mark for her third game in a row.
Trying to Keep Pace
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) and junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) have paced the Bobcats this season in scoring. Kaminski's 14 points against FDU gives her 12 of 15 games this season scoring in double figures. Neyens fell one point short of her 12th double-digit scoring game of the season.
After not scoring a point in the first half, sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) went off for 12 in the second half. Dunbar also pulled down seven boards in the game, just missing her fourth double-double of the season.
The Bobcats are the best free-throw shooting team in the NEC at .742 percent. No team has gone to the line more than Quinnipiac this season at 314 times. The Bobcats have also connected on 36 more free throws than the second place team, sinking 233 this season.
Return To Sender
The Bobcats put more space between themselves and the rest of the league with six more blocks on Monday night. Quinnipiac is averaging 4.53 blocks per game this season, nearly one more rejection than any other team in the conference. Sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) leads the NEC with 24, while Kaminski is third with 20 in 2009-10.
Quinnipiac continues to lead the NEC in rebounds this season. The Bobcats are averaging 43.1 boards per game with a league-best 28.93 coming on the defensive end of the floor. Against FDU, Quinnipiac had 19 offensive rebounds and 28 on defense for a game total of 47, eleven more than the Knights' 36.