HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell to Long Island, 66-54, Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The loss drops the Bobcats to 5-10 in Northeast Conference play, while 10-15 overall. The Blackbirds' win improves their record in NEC play to 10-4 and 16-9 overall after a weekend sweep of Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart.
"They are a good team in transition and I feel that we took away a lot of their chances in transition this afternoon," head coach Tricia Fabbri said. "We have some mental hurdles to overcome and we need to get better on the offensive end if we want win these games."
The two teams played a close game in the first half, including exchanging the lead on eight occasions in the first 20 minutes of play. Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) was the only player in double figures in scoring in the first half, finishing the period with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Two free-throws in the final seconds of the half by senior Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) gave Quinnipiac the 32-31 lead headed into locker room at halftime. It would be the last lead of the game for the Bobcats.
Long Island came out fast in the second half, taking control of the game and building a quick five-point lead, 37-32. The Blackbirds used a three-point field goal and two quick layups to take an early second-half advantage.
The Bobcats tried to make a comeback midway through the second half, but clutch offensive rebounds on misses of the front end of numerous one-and-one free-throw attempts allowed the Blackbirds second chances to set up its offense for a second time. Quinnipiac's pressure was not enough to force LIU into the turnovers it was looking for as the Blackbirds held on for the 12-point win, 66-54.
Long Island outrebounded Quinnipiac, 43-30, in the game, including pulling down 14 boards off the offensive glass. The Blackbirds shot slightly better than the Bobcats in the game, connecting on 42.3 percent (22-52) to Quinnipiac's 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor.
Neyens finished with just rebound in the game, but that board was the 500th of her career. Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) had a team-high 16 points in the game, while also pulling down a team-high eight rebounds for the Bobcats. Dunbar was just one rebound shy of Kaminski as she had seven in the game.
Junior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) came off the bench to score eight points and add six boards. Freshman guard Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) led a Quinnipiac team that posted 16 assists in the game. Lebak dished out five in the loss, while Kaminski, Neyens and freshman Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) each had three.
Long Island's Heidi Mothershead scored a game-high 19 points, while last season's NEC Rookie of the Year Ashley Palmer had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 18 against Saint Francis (PA) in Loretto, Pa. The Bobcats and Red Flash will tip-off from DeGol Gymnasium at 5 p.m.