Quinnipiac University Bobcats (12-5, 6-2 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (11-7, 8-0 NEC)
January 26, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team will try to win its second consecutive Northeast Conference game against an instate rival when the Pioneers of Sacred Heart come to the TD Banknorth Sports Center Monday night. The Bobcats dispatched the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Saturday afternoon, 63-57, at Detrick Gym to improve to 6-2 in NEC play. Senior Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) finished with a season-high 24 points, while freshman forward Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) collected her second double-double of the season in the victory.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters the game unbeaten in conference play with an 8-0 mark. The Pioneers are 11-7 overall and are led by sophomore Alisa Apo's 16.9 points per game. Senior center Kaitlin Sowinski is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points a contest, while first on the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Apo is fourth in the league in scoring, while Sowinski's rebounding mark is seventh in the NEC. Sacred Heart has won its last seven games, the last six of which have come against NEC opponents. The Pioneers last lost a game on Dec. 28 at Villanova, 69-52. The last time these two teams met was Feb. 23, 2008 with the Bobcats coming out on top, 59-48.
It Now, Hear It Now
Monday's game can be heard on WQUN.com. Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play duties with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson adding color analysis. The game can also be seen on a live videostream on the Bobcat Channel. Both the can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.
It Now, Hear It Now
Pennewell had her scoring output of the season with 24 points against the Blue Devils. She had previously scored 21 points in two games earlier this season, but eclipsed that mark on 9-of-17 shooting and with a season-high six three-point field goals on Saturday.
Another Milestone Monday?
Senior Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) is eight points away from moving into first place on Quinnipiac's Division I career scoring list. The 11 second-half points helped the guard move closer to the milestone mark of 1,580 career points set by Ashlee Kelley (2004). Kerner is also just five field goals away from tying the program's Division I mark of 552 career field goals.
Doubled Her Double-Double Mark
Dunbar collected her second double-double of the season Saturday afternoon with 10 points and 10 rebounds at CCSU. The freshman forward also had a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) in a 51-49 win vs. Robert Morris on Jan. 12; a game in which she scored the game-winning lay-up with eight seconds remaining. Dunbar and Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) are the only two members of the team to record the feat this season as both have accomplished it twice.
Giveth and Taketh Away
Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) matched her season high in assists (6) at CCSU on Saturday. The senior guard also had a game-high three steals to match the game-high assists figure. This season Rooney is first in the NEC in steals with 2.63 per game, while seventh in assists, averaging 3.63 a game.
Tops From Outside
Pennewell ranks first in the conference in three-point field goals made with 39 and in three-point field goals per game with 2.29. She is currently seventh in the league in three-point percentage, connecting on .379 of her shots from behind the arc.
I'd Give Them An A-
As a team the Bobcats made 9-of-10 free throws Saturday afternoon. It was the first time this season that Quinnipiac had shot 90% or better from the charity stripe. The lone missed-shot came from Rooney who is fourth in the NEC with a .842 mark from the line this season.
After Quinnipiac pushed the lead to 17-2 early, the Blue Devils second-half comeback almost ended the Bobcats' longest current winning streak over one opponent. Quinnipiac was able to hold defensively and win its 16th consecutive game against CCSU.