Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-14, 4-8 NEC) vs.
St. Francis (NY) College Terriers (1-22, 0-12 NEC)
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. - TD Bank Sports Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team continues its final homestand of the season with the second of three games at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats, currently 9-14 overall, will host St. Francis (NY) on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m. looking to snap a seven-game losing streak after being swept by Sacred Heart during Northeast Conference Rivalry Week. Quinnipiac (4-8 NEC) currently sits in a tie for ninth place in the NEC standings, but with Bryant ineligible for postseason play, the Bobcats are in the final spot for the NEC Tournament. St. Francis is in last place and is winless (0-12) in league play.
St. Francis enters the game on a 15-game losing streak. The Terriers are 0-12 in NEC play and have not won a game away from home this season (0-12). Overall, the team is 1-22 with its lone win coming against Colgate, 59-54, at home in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. The Terriers average the fewest points per game (47.9), while also allowing more points than any other team in the NEC at 67.8. Losing by an average of 20 points a game, St. Francis' margin of defeat is 13 points more than the next closest team in the conference. The team ranks at or near the bottom of almost every statistical category in the NEC this season with the exception of three pointers made (5.74/third) and blocked shots (3.17/fifth). Autumn Lau is the only player on the Terriers to average in double-figures this season at 12.8 points per game.
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. Fans can also follow the action using live stats and a live video provided by the Bobcat Channel. Both can be accessed by clicking appropriate links above.
Senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) is just seven rebounds back of 500 in her career. Her 493 career boards currently rank her fourth in the program's Division I history. Neyens is also one steal away from 100 in her time with the Bobcats. Neyens' steal total ranks her in the program's top 10 since joining the Division I ranks a decade ago.
Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) scored 22 points against Sacred Heart in the Bobcats' most recent loss, 66-51, Saturday at home to Sacred Heart. The 22 points was the second-highest point total of the season for the Quinnipiac center. She scored 28 points at Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 30 and now owns four of the team's top five scoring outputs this season, reaching the 20-point mark in each.
for the Course
Averaging 10.0 points per game this season coming into Saturday's game with the Pioneers, sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) hit that figure right on the head. Finishing the game with 10 points, Dunbar is third on the team with that scoring average this season.
Career High Despite
Freshman Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) has filled a needed role for the Bobcats this season. With Kaminski, Neyens and Dunbar averaging in double figures in scoring, Lebak has been the guard to set up her teammates most often. Leading the team with 91 assists this season, Lebak matched her career high of eight in a game against Sacred Heart. Many of those assists came from over-the-top passes to Kaminski in the post.
Kaminski's nine field goals made against the Pioneers on Saturday matched the team season high she set two games prior against Mount St. Mary's. In that game, Kaminski eclipsed her previous career high and scored 28 points on nine field goals and 10 free throws. She has made 117 field goals this season, 34 more than Dunbar in second place. Kaminski has also scored 97 more points than the next closest member of her team this season with 328.
Points If You Can Earn Them
The Bobcats are second in the NEC in free-throw percentage. Quinnipiac has connected on 73.1 percent of its free throws this season, a tenth of a point behind Sacred Heart in first. The Bobcats entered last weekend in second, moved ahead of the Pioneers after hitting 9-of-9 in the first game before Sacred Heart connected on 17-of-18 in the second game to regain the top spot. Kaminski is the best individual free-throw shooter in the league, posting a .880 mark in 2009-10.