December 21, 2008

Women's Basketball Falls To Yale, 77-73, In Overtime

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) scored a season-high 35 points, but the Quinnipiac University Women's basketball team fell to Yale, 77-73, in overtime Sunday afternoon at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The loss drops the Bobcats' record to 8-2 overall this season and was the first road loss of the season. The win improves Yale's record to 4-5 overall.

After both teams got off to a slow start, the Bulldogs and Bobcats combined for 25 points in a four-minute span. Kerner's three-pointer from the left side pushed Quinnipiac up by one, 13-12, eight minutes into the opening half. The senior guard started off hot, scoring 10 of the Bobcats' first 22 points.

Mandy Pennewell's (West Chester, Pa.) three-point field goal from the left corner on a fast break gave the Bobcats a 13-point lead, 37-24. On Yale's subsequent possession, Pennewell stole the ball from Yoyo Greenfield at midcourt and brought it in for the uncontested layup.

Bulldog captain Jamie Van Horne tried to bring the Bulldogs back with a drive down the lane, but was denied by sophomore Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.). Pratt stepped into the paint and blocked the Yale senior with her first rejection of the season. The Bobcats headed into the locker room at halftime with a 14-point advantage, 43-29.

Kerner led all scorers with a season-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor in the first 20 minutes of play. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) added eight points for the Bobcats, while pulling down six boards in the first half.

The Bulldogs came out of halftime on a 16-2 run to tie the score, 45-45. Ashley Carter capped the run with a steal at midcourt and a layup at the other end of the floor. Two free throws by Brianna Rooney (Guildford, Conn.) and a three-pointer by Kerner put the Bobcats back up by five.

With Rooney, last season's Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, on the bench with four fouls, Yale's Haywood Wright was open on the left side for a three-point field to tie the score, 50-50. Greenfield's two free-throws with just over 12 minutes remaining gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game since holding a 7-6 advantage in the opening minutes of the game.

After the Bulldogs led by as many as six points, Jacinda Dunbar's (Eddison, N.J.) floater in the lane tied the score, 62-62. Dunbar came up with a steal on Yale's next possession that allowed Kerner to hit two from the free-throw line that gave the Bobcats the two-point lead.

With 58 seconds remaining, Yale's Van Horne tied the game at 70 with two free-throws. After the Bobcats were unable to score on their next possession, Yale had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds. Van Horne's three-point attempt from the top of the key fell to the floor and after two Bulldogs collected rebounds and missed layups the teams headed to overtime.

With 22 seconds remaining in overtime and Yale leading 73-71, Dunbar went to the line after being fouled below the net. The freshman forward hit both shots to tie the game as the team was unable to record a field goal in the extra period, going 0-for-4 from the floor. Van Horne received a backdoor pass along the baseline and hit the winning layup with 2.6 seconds to lift the Bulldogs to the 77-73 overtime victory.

Kerner finished with a season-high 35 points, two shy of her career mark of 37 set last March against Long Island in the NEC Semifinals. Rooney was the only other Quinnipiac player in double-digit scoring, finishing with 10. Yale's Melissa Colborne led the Bulldogs with 21 points, with 11 points coming from the free-throw line.

Quinnipiac returns to action Sunday, Dec. 28 when it travels to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 8 Duke. The Bobcats and Blue Devils are set to tip-off at 2 p.m. from Cameron Indoor Stadium.