Women's Basketball Cruises Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-53

HAMDEN, Conn. – Four players scored in double figures as the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-53, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) led all players with 22 points and shot 5-of-9 from behind the three-point line in the game. The win improves the Bobcats' Northeast Conference mark to 9-7 and 16-10 overall, while the Knights even their league mark at 8-8 and are now 7-18 overall with the loss. Quinnipiac splits the season series with Fairleigh Dickinson with the 21-point victory.

Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) had nine rebounds, 12 points and added five assists, while Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.) finished with 16 points and a season-high seven assists. Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) rounded out the Bobcats in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-2 from long range. Rooney added six assists and five rebounds in the win. Fairleigh Dickinson's Alyssa Mayrose led the Knights with 14 points, while Shenika Chang had a game-high 12 rebounds.

"We stayed aggressive on the offensive end," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "When Rooney sets the tone, she opens up the floor for Kerner and Pennewell. Our defense has been there and when we can get those players points, we will win games."

The Bobcats and Knights traded baskets much of the first half with Fairleigh Dickinson taking an early six-point lead four minutes into the game, 14-8. Three-pointers by Rooney and Pennewell tied the game with just over 10 minutes remaining. After a 15-foot jumper from Rooney gave the Bobcats a 22-21 lead with 6:10 left in the opening period, the Bobcats would never relinquish the lead again in the game and took a four-point lead into halftime, 35-31.

Quinnipiac started the second half on a 9-0 run, including a three-point field goal by Pennewell to open the half. The Knights would cut the lead to 10 in the second half, but that would be as close as they would come as the Bobcats pulled away in the final five minutes of play. Quinnipiac would end the game on a 14-3 run and hold on for the 21-point win, 74-53.

For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Knights 47.5 percent (29-61) to 30.4 percent (17-56). Both teams finished the game with 37 rebounds, while Quinnipiac hit 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) from the free-throw line to Fairleigh Dickinson's 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 when they host Central Connecticut State. The Bobcats will honor their seniors as the intra-state rivals tip-off at noon.