January 19, 2010
Women's Basketball Hosts Bryant Thursday At 5 P.M.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-8, 4-2 NEC) vs.
Bulldogs (6-11, 3-3 NEC)
Thursday, January 21,
2010 - 5 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD
Bank Sports Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will
face off with a familiar foe as its plays host to Northeast
Conference opponent Bryant Thursday at 5 p.m., at the TD Bank
Sports Center. The Bobcats and Bulldogs squared off on Saturday
afternoon in Smithfield, R.I., in Quinnipiac's most recent game.
Bryant used a second-half comeback to erase a six-point halftime
deficit for the 72-62 victory. Entering this week's matchup,
Quinnipiac is third in the NEC with a 4-2 conference mark.
In Bryant's first season as a full member of the NEC, the
team has won three of its first six conference matchups. The
Bulldogs' 10-point win on Saturday helped the team to its third NEC
win of the season. Bryant forward Kelsey O'Keefe scored a
career-high 34 points in the game, including 28 in the second half
to bring her team back from a halftime deficit for the win. Her 34
points were one more than her previous best of 33 set two times in
her career. Bryant played a game between NEC contests with the
Bobcats, welcoming Yale to the Chace Athletic Center on Monday
afternoon. The "Battle of the Bulldogs" went to the home team with
a seven-point win, 69-62. O'Keefe is now eighth in the NEC in
scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, thanks in large part to
her performance against Quinnipiac on Jan. 16.
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.
The Bobcats had a six-point halftime advantage against the
Bulldogs on Saturday in Smithfield, but were not able to hold the
lead as Bryant fought back for the win. It marked just the second
time this season in ten games that Quinnipiac failed to win a game
in which they lead at halftime.
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) had a career day
in the loss to Bryant on Saturday. The second-year Bobcat had a
career-high 21 points, while matching the best rebounding total of
her career, pulling down 13 boards on the Bulldogs' home floor. The
21-point performance was the best scoring output by any member of
the Bobcats this season.
She Did It
Junior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) posted her
team-leading fifth double-double of the season Saturday. Kaminski
scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the loss to Bryant.
Quinnipiac's center and leading scorer now has double-doubles in
her last two games and four in her last five after starting the
season with only one in the first 12 contests.
Kaminski and Dunbar recorded a double-double in the same
game for the first time this season. The double-double duo leads
the team with five (Kaminski) and four (Dunbar) this season. It
also marked the first time since Mar. 1, 2008 that two Quinnipiac
players had a double-double in the same game. Kaminski, Mandy
Pennewell and Nicole Duperron all accomplished the feat against
Wagner in that contest.
Entering the week, Quinnipiac is 11th in the nation in
field goal defense. Holding opponents to just 34.2 percent shooting
from the field this season, the Bobcats are one of the top
defensive teams in the country, ranking ahead of national powers
like Tennessee, Duke and Stanford.
In each of the last three games, junior Lailah Pratt
(Palmyra, N.J.) has set or tied a statistical career high. After
setting new marks for points and rebounds against FDU and CCSU last
week, Pratt tied her career high with two steals against
Kaminski ranks among
the nation's best free-throw shooters this season. Second in the
NEC from the charity stripe, the redshirt junior is 17th in the
country amongst Division I players shooting 88.6 percent (62-70)
from the free-throw line in 2009-10.
Quinnipiac's back-to-back games with Bryant means that for
consecutive games, the NEC's top three shot blockers will square
off. Saimone Bennett leads the league with 28 blocks (1.65 per
game) this season, while sophomore Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.)
ranks second with 24 (1.41 per game) and Kaminski third with 21
(1.29 per game).