Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-2, 2-0 NEC) at
No. 6 Duke University Blue Devils (9-1, 0-0 ACC)
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 2 p.m.
Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, N.C.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team takes on Duke for the first time in program history on Sunday. The Bobcats come into the game having dropped their most recent contest to Yale on Dec. 21, 77-73, in overtime. Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa) scored 35 points in the loss, two shy of her career high of 37 set in last season's Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals against Long Island. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and was the first on the road for Quinnipiac this season.
Scouting The Blue Devils
Bobcats will play the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at Cameron
Indoor Stadium. The eighth-place ranking is the highest for a
Quinnipiac opponent since the Bobcats played at UConn almost a
decade ago. Duke enters the game with a 9-1 overall mark and a
seven-game winning streak. The only blemish on the Blue Devils'
record this season is a two-point loss, 53-51, to Hartford at the
DePaul Invitational on Nov. 21 in Chicago. Earlier this season,
Quinnipiac dispatched the Hawks by a 12-point margin, 73-61, at the
TD Banknorth Sports Center. Chante Black leads the Blue Devils in
scoring this season, averaging 16.1 points a contest, while Abby
Waner is second on the team with 10.5 points per game. Waner also
leads the team with 16 three-point field goals, 33 assists and 25
For her efforts against Yale, Kerner was recognized as the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week this past Tuesday. Against the Bulldogs, Kerner scored 10 of her team's first 22 points and 12 of last 18 as she helped force overtime at John J. Lee Amphitheater. Kerner's 35 points were a season-high and two shy of her career mark. It was the fourth Player of the Week honor in Kerner's career.
The 35-point outburst on Sunday helped moved Kerner into second place in the NEC in scoring with 18.8 points per game. Prior to the contest with the Bulldogs, Kerner was fourth in scoring with 17.0 points per game, jumping up two spots on the list and nearly two points in one game.
Help In Unusual Places
Forward Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) is second on the team in assists. The junior has 22 assists this season and is averaging 2.2 per game, second only to guard Brianna Rooney's (Guilford, Conn.) 3.6 a game. Rooney is seventh in the NEC in assists per game.
Rooney leads the NEC is steals this season. The senior guard has stripped opponents 26 times this season in 10 games for an average of 2.6 per game.
When She Shoots, She Scores
Junior Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) is shooting a team-best .500 from the floor this season (minimum 20 field goal attempts). Lazos is 14-of-28 from the field, while shooting .760 on 19-of-25 from the free-throw line this season for 47 total points.
Time of Giving... And Taking
Yale sent the Bobcats to the free-throw line a season-high 34 times. The Bobcats made 27 of those attempts in the game, including the only three points the team scored in overtime. Thirteen of Kerner's 35 points came from the charity stripe on 14 attempts.
Rooney is one three-point field goal away from joining Kerner and Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) as the only members of the Bobcats with 10 or more this season. Pennewell has hit 18 three-pointers in 10 games, while Kerner has connected on 16 from behind the arc. As a team, Quinnipiac has hit 56 three-pointers and is second in the conference, hitting .373 of its shots from long range.
The Bobcats are averaging nearly four fewer turnovers a game than their opponents. Quinnipiac's 17.0 turnovers a game is 3.8 less than the 20.8 it forces its opponents into making each game. That number is the best in the NEC this season, 1.3 better than Robert Morris in second.