Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-16, 5-10 NEC) vs.
Robert Morris University Colonials (19-7, 14-1 NEC)
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 4:00 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa. - Sewall Center
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team takes on the top squad in the Northeast Conference Saturday afternoon when it travels to play Robert Morris. The Bobcats and Colonials are set tip-off from the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa., at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac is coming off a 24-point loss, 78-54, to Saint Francis (PA) Thursday night in Loretto to drop its conference mark to 5-10 this season and 10-16 overall. The Bobcats now sit in a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NEC Tournament with Mount St. Mary's headed into Saturday's game with Robert Morris.
Scouting the Colonials
The Bobcats' toughest task of the season will come on Saturday as they take on the powerhouse Colonials on their home floor. Robert Morris has a three-game lead on Sacred Heart and Long Island as it is 14-1 in NEC play this season. Defeating the defending NEC Champions from Sacred Heart by 28 points, 71-43, on Thursday night, the Colonials are now in the driver's seat for the top seed in the upcoming conference postseason tournament, clinching the spot for the first time in prgram history. Robert Morris' one loss this season came at Monmouth by one point, 51-50, on Jan. 16. Following the loss, the Colonials have won their last nine games.
Saturday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN and the WQUN.com webstream. Greg Ott 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.
of the Season
Saturday's game is not the last of the year for the Bobcats, but it does mark the last NEC opponent of the season that Quinnipiac has yet to face. The Bobcats have played every team in the league at least once, except for Saturday's opponent from Robert Morris. The 4 p.m. meeting is the only between the two teams in 2009-10.
Junior Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) reached a new career high in scoring with 11 points on Thursday night. The Quinnipiac forward had a team-high nine points at halftime, before scoring the two points in the second half to eclipse her previous mark of 10 set twice this season. Pratt started the game for her defense, but was a key contributor on the offensive end of the floor. She also set a new career high with four steals in the game.
Junior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) was the Bobcats' top scorer against the Red Flash. Her 19 points came from six field goals from the floor and seven mad free throws in the game. Kaminski has been the team's leading point producer in each of the last four games and 12 times overall this season for a 14.5 scoring average.
Freshmen Dish Out the Help
Freshmen guards Ryan Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) and Lisa Lebak (Robbinsville, N.J.) combined to dish out 10 assists against the Red Flash. Lebak finished with a team-high six in the game, while Simmons came off the bench to add four. Lebak is fifth in the NEC this season with 107 total assists and sixth with an average of 4.28 per game.
Sferra's Solid Play
Freshman forward Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) came off the bench early in the first half and immediately made an impact on the floor. Although, not setting a career high in rebounds, her four boards, including three on the offensive end, were key for the Bobcats in the first half. Her play also translated to six points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor.