Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-1) vs.
Monmouth University Hawks (4-2)
Saturday, December 6, 2008 12:00 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac begins its 2008-09 Northeast Conference schedule against Monmouth on Saturday at the TD Banknorth Sports Center at noon. This is the final contest in a four-game homestand for the Bobcats, most recently defeating America East Conference Champion Hartford, 73-61, Wednesday night. Quinnipiac was led by five players in double figures against the Hawks. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) recorded her second straight double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Monmouth was the last NEC team to defeat the Bobcats at the TD Banknorth Sports Center with an 80-66 victory last season.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth is led by the two-time NEC Player of the Week Jennifer Bender this season. Bender is averaging 18.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in nearly 36 minutes of action. The Hawks recently travelled to El Paso, Tx., to play in the University of Texas El Paso Thanksgiving Classic, defeating tournament-host UTEP and then Utah State in the championship game. Bender was honored as the tournament MVP and the top defensive player. In the team's most recent game, Monmouth fell to St. John's, 52-48. LaKia Barber is Monmouth's only other player in double-digit scoring this season for the Hawks, averaging 12.3 points per game.
Neyens is the lone player to record a double-double for the Bobcats this season. The forward has back-to-back games with 12 rebounds. Against Providence, Neyens scored a career-high 18 points, while pulling down a then career-high 12 boards. In the Bobcats' next game against Hartford, she matched that rebound figure, while adding 11 points.
Five Times The Fun
The Bobcats had five players in double figures in scoring for the first time since Jan. 14, 2008 against Mount St. Mary's. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.), Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.), Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) and Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) joined Neyens in double digits.
Kerner relied on the free-throw to preserve her 19-game double-digit scoring streak. The senior guard shot 7-of-9 from the charity stripe to finish with 11 points. Rooney also benefited from excellent free-throw shooting. She made 7-of-8 from the line and was 2-for-2 from the floor to give her 12 points in the game.
Pennewell leads the NEC with 15 three-point field goals this season, averaging 2.14 per game. Rooney's 7-for-12 shooting from behind the arc gives her the best three-point percentage in conference with .583. Kerner also ranks in the top 10 in both categories. Quinnipiac leads all teams in the NEC with 45 three-pointers.
The Bobcats caused 83% of Hartford's turnovers Wednesday night. Quinnipiac recorded 15 steals in the game, while the Hawks had 18 total turnovers. Kerner and Rooney each finished with four steals apiece. Quinnipiac leads the NEC with 70 steals this season, averaging 10 per contest.
Hold Them Down
In all of the Bobcats' six wins this season, the Bobcats have held their opponents to 69 points or less. In four of the team's wins, the Bobcats have defeated their opponents by 12 or more points. Quinnipiac defeated both Delaware and Providence by nine-point margins in its first two home games.
Welcome To The Show
In a season-high 12 minutes of action, freshman Jacinda Dunbar (Eddison, N.J.) scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor. Dunbar recorded a career-high four rebounds as well. The forward pulled down two boards at both ends of the floor against Hartford.
Out In Front
Quinnipiac leads the NEC in scoring margin, defeating opponents by 6.7 points a game. The Bobcats also rank third in the conference in scoring defense, holding teams to 58.9 points.
Home or Away
Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Quinnipiac has won 88% of its home games. The Bobcats have won 14 of their last 16 games played at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac has fared just as well on the road, winning 16 games away from Hamden. The Bobcats are 3-0 on the road this season and 3-0 in home contests with the team's lone loss coming on a neutral court.