Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-8, 6-5 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (15-7, 12-0 NEC)
Monday, February 9, 2009 7 p.m.
William H. Pitt Center Fairfield, Conn.
Quinnipiac University women's basketball team squares off against
intra-state rival Sacred Heart for the second time this season
Monday night. The Bobcats and Pioneers met on Jan. 26 at the TD
Banknorth Sports Center with Sacred Heart coming out with a 69-57
win. In Quinnipiac's most recent game, the team defeated future
Northeast Conference opponent Bryant, 66-49, Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) recorded her first
double-double of the season and the second of her career, finishing
with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters the game as the only undefeated team in the NEC with a 12-0 conference mark. The Pioneers are 15-7 overall and are currently on an 11-game winning streak. The team's three-game lead over second-place Central Connecticut is the largest in the conference this season. Sacred Heart leads the NEC in blocked shots (105), three-point field goals per game (6.95) and scoring margin (+7.0). Alissa Apo ranks fourth in the league in scoring (16.7 ppg), while Kaitlin Sowinski and Callan Taylor are the top two shooters in the league, both shooting over .500 this season.
Now, Hear It Now
Monday's game can be heard on WQUN.com. Bill Schweizer will handle the play-by-play duties with Bill Mecca adding color analysis. It can be activated by clicking the "Live Audio" link above.
Now, Hear It Now
Saturday's Number Was Two
Pennewell recorded her first double-double of the season as the Bobcats snapped a three-game losing streak with the win against the Bulldogs. Her 10 rebounds were a season high and were one short of her career-best figure.
Will You Start Us?
Lailah Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) recorded a season and career high in rebounds on Saturday. Her eight boards were twice as many as her previous high of four, set in the first game of this season at Stony Brook on Nov. 14.
The 17-point win against Bryant was the 190th victory of Head Coach Tricia Fabbri's career. Fabbri, already the program's all-time leader in wins, is now just 10 wins away from earning her 200th career-coaching victory.
Quinnipiac's starting five scored 60 of the team's 66 points in the win on Saturday. Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) led all scorers in the game with 18 points, while Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) added 12 of her own. Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) finished with nine and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) had four, while Pennewell's 17 points rounded out the five starters' scoring figures.
First Half Heroics
Rooney scored 12 points in the opening period against Bryant. The senior guard shot 5-of-7 from the field in the first 20 minutes, including one three-point field goal. She also added three rebounds and four steals in the first half.
Take It Back
The Bobcats had 20 points off Bryant turnovers Saturday. Quinnipiac forced the Bulldogs into 25 turnovers that led to the 10 field goals. Bryant was only able to score 11 points off Bobcats miscues.
Team of Painters
Quinnipiac had six more points in the paint than the Bulldogs. The Bobcats had 24 points in the paint compared to Bryant's 18 in the lane. All of Dunbar's four points came on layups in the low post, while Neyens also added points in the paint in the win.
For the third-straight game, the Bobcats pulled down 40 or more rebounds. The 41 rebounds against the Bulldogs marked the second consecutive game that the team and its opponents each posted the rebounding figure. Mount St. Mary's and Bryant matched the Bobcats with 41 boards apiece in the last two games.