November 24, 2008

Women's Basketball Plays Home Opener Against Delaware Tuesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1) vs.

University of Delaware Blue Hens (2-1)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – 7 p.m.

TD Banknorth Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Tuesday's Game

The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team plays host to Delaware Tuesday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The game marks the home opener for the Bobcats who are coming off their first loss of the season at the TD Banknorth Classic in Burlington, Vt., Sunday afternoon to Michigan State. Delaware also enters the game having lost its first contest of the season in its last game, a 63-45 defeat at Buffalo. These two teams met last season in Newark with the Bobcats winning, 59-49. Tuesday's game marks just the second meeting between the two teams.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware comes to the TD Banknorth Sports Center for the first time in program history Tuesday night. The Blue Hens were picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Poll. Delaware began its season by winning its first two games against Columbia and LaSalle. They rank third in the CAA allowing their opponents to just .365 from the field and 56.0 points per game. Sophomore Tesia Harris leads the team and is fifth in the CAA with 18.0 points per game.

Ups And Downs

The Bobcats played in the TD Banknorth Classic this past weekend hosted by the University of Vermont. Quinnipiac defeated the Catamounts in the first game of the weekend by 19 points, 72-53. The Bobcats hit a season-high 10 three-point field goals in the contest that saw four players score in double figures. In the tournament's championship game, Quinnipiac fell to Michigan State, 81-48. The Spartans defeated the Big Green, 60-52, in their first game of the weekend Saturday afternoon.

Clutch Performer

Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) was named to the TD Banknorth Classic All-Tournament Team, The senior guard scored 12 points in the opening-game win over tournament-host Vermont on Saturday, before leading the Bobcats with 13 against the Spartans in the team's first loss of the season.

Bench Scoring

Quinnipiac's bench produced big numbers this weekend. Against the Catamounts, Sarah McGowan (Red Lion, Pa.) came off the bench to add 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 3-of-3 from three-point range. Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) also came off the bench against Vermont and scored a game-high 17 points. The Quinnipiac reserves scored 54 points in the two games this weekend.

Hot Hand

Joining McGowan with three three-point field goals against Vermont was Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.). The senior guard went 3-of-7 from downtown en route to scoring 15 points. She finished 4-of-9 from the field.