Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-11, 4-5 NEC) at
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers (7-12, 3-6 NEC)
Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. - Knott Arena
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team takes on the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena at 3 p.m. The Bobcats will bring a four-game losing skid into the game and will look to snap that in the first contest in Emmitsburg, Md., in two seasons. Quinnipiac lost to Wagner, 72-58, in its most recent game Thursday night to drop to 4-5 in Northeast Conference play and 9-11 overall this season.
Scouting the Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary's enters the game on a losing streak of its own. Having dropped its last two games, the Mount sits in tenth place in the NEC standings at 3-6 this season. In the team's most recent game, the Mountaineers lost by four, 51-47, to defending NEC champions Sacred Heart Thursday at home. The Pioneers pulled away at the end for the win with clutch free-throw shooting in the final minutes of play. Mary Dunn is the team's leading scorer this season, averaging 11.4 points per game this season. She is also the team's leading rebounder with an average of 7.4 per game. The Mount has yet to win consecutive games this season, losing in the game following each of its seven wins.
One of the Mount's three conference wins this season came at the TD Bank Sports Center. Mount St. Mary's handed Quinnipiac its first NEC loss of the season with a six-point win, 59-53, on Jan. 7 in Hamden. In that game, Cassie Cooke came off the bench to lead her team in scoring with 13 points, while Leah Westbrooks pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds in the win. Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) posted 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in the loss.
Thursday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Bill Schweizer will provide play-by-play, while Pat Salvas will add color analysis. Fans can also follow the action using live stats. Both can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Streaks of Note
The loss to Wagner snapped a 15-game win streak by Quinnipiac over its NEC foes from Staten Island. Entering Thursday night's game, the Bobcats had not lost to the Seahawks since Jan. 3, 2002; a span of more than eight years. The last time Quinnipiac lost at the Spiro Sports Center was Jan. 25, 2001, falling to Wagner, 71-56.
Despite the loss, Kaminski finished with her sixth double-double of the season. Her 18 points and 10 boards were good for the double-double, tying her with sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) for the team lead. She also added two assists, two blocks and one steal.
Junior forward Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) missed her first career double-double by just one point and two rebounds Thursday. Pratt posted nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and had six boards in the first half alone before finishing with eight in the game. Dunbar missed her seventh double-double of the season with nine rebounds and eight points against the Seahawks.
Finally Breaking the Seven Barrier
Four times this season freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) had posted seven assists in a game. Against Wagner on Thursday night, the first-year Bobcat finally broke that figure, finishing with eight in the loss. As a team, Quinnipiac dished out 19 total assists, including six from Dunbar to match her career high set earlier this season against Miami
Quinnipiac shot better than Wagner as a team Thursday, but lost by 14 points. The Bobcats shot 40.4 percent (21-52) to the Seahawks' 37.8 percent (28-74). However, Wagner pulled down six more offensive rebounds (18-12) that led to second-chance points and 22 more field-goal attempts. Quinnipiac's 27 turnovers in the game to Wagner's 14 also allowed the Seahawks more opportunities to build on the lead.