Women's Basketball Hosts Central Connecticut State Saturday At Noon
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-9, 4-3 NEC) vs.
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (6-11, 3-4 NEC)
Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 12 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD Bank Sports Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will play host to in-state rival Central Connecticut on Saturday at noon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are currently on a two-game losing streak with both losses coming to Bryant in a home-and-home with the Bulldogs. Quinnipiac dropped the second game Thursday night, 67-42, at home to the Bulldogs. The loss drops the Bobcats to fourth in the Northeast Conference standings at 4-3 in league play.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut knocked off defending conference champs Sacred Heart, 67-64, Thursday night in Fairfield. The three-point win for the Blue Devils snapped Sacred Heart's 27-game win streak against NEC opponents after finishing last season undefeated in its conference schedule and league tournament. Four CCSU players reached double figures in scoring in the win for the first time this season. Junior Leanne Crockett led Central with season highs of 20 points and four three-pointers as CCSU beat the Pioneers for the first time in 17 games. Central Connecticut brings a 6-11 overall mark to Hamden, while tied for the final postseason playoff spot with a 3-4 NEC mark.
Saturday'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.
Happened Last Time?
The Bobcats jumped out to a big lead on the Blue Devils last Thursday in New Britain's Detrick Gymnasium. Quinnipiac held Central to 12 first-half points as it led 27-12 at the break. The 12 points were the lowest point total in a half in nearly four years for the Bobcats since allowing Robert Morris just 12 in the final half of play on Feb. 27, 2006. Quinnipiac owns an 18-game win streak over CCSU dating back to 2000-01 season.
It Again Dunbar
Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) matched the team-best figure with her fifth double-double of the season. Dunbar scored a team-high 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, also a team high in the game.
In the last two games, both against Bryant, Dunbar led the Bobcats in both scoring and rebounding. She has led the Bobcats in scoring in each of the last three games after only doing it once in the first 15 contests of the season. Prior to Dunbar's three-game run as the top scorer, junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) led the team in scoring in the previous three games.
Kaminski was the only other player besides Dunbar to reach double figures in scoring for the Bobcats on Thursday night. Her 10 points marked the eighth consecutive game that she reached the double-digit scoring plateau and the 15th time this season.
This season, Quinnipiac has had 48 man-games lost to injury amongst four of its top players. The Bobcats also were dealt a blow in the preseason when it lost freshman inside presence Robin Keke (Bowie, Md.) to a season-ending injury and senior Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) missing every game this season recovering from a knee-injury.