Quinnipiac University Bobcats (16-10, 9-7) vs.
Central Connecticut State University (17-10, 12-4)
Saturday, February 28, 2009 1 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team hosts the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State on Senior Day at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats will honor seniors Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.), Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) and Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.) prior to the start of the game for their four years of dedication and commitment to the team. Kerner leaves as the program's All-Time Division I scoring leader, while Pennewell currently ranks seventh in DI career scoring. Rooney is the career steals leader and the only player to be named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in program history.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut enters the final weekend of the season knowing that it will be the second seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament. The Blue Devils boast a 12-4 mark in conference play and are coming off their second loss of the season to Sacred Heart in their most recent game, 81-62, Monday night in New Britain. This will be the first time the team has reached postseason-play since 2006 when it claimed the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament. After finishing in last place last season, CCSU has been led this year by Shontice Simmons and her 12.1 points per game. Kerrianne Duggan and Leanne Crockett are second and third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 and 10.0 points a game, respectively. In the first meeting between the Blue Devils and Bobcats this season, Quinnipiac held off a second-half comeback to defeat CCSU, 63-57. The Bobcats have currently won 16-straight meetings against the Blue Devils.
On The Air
Eli Olken-Dann will handle the play-by-play on the Bobcats Sports Network's coverage of the game that can be heard on WQUN.com, while Bob Tipson will add color analysis. The game can also be seen on the Bobcat Channel's live video stream which can be accessed by clicking the "live video" link above.
Scouting the Senior Class
This year's senior class may be the most prolific in program history. Kerner is the Division I career-points leader (1,723), while ranking second in steals (202), third in assists (332) and is just four three-point field goals shy of tying the record of 185. Pennewell is 15th all-time in career scoring (1,200), third in career three-pointers and has pulled down 338 rebounds. Rooney rounds out the trio of senior guards. She is the all-time steals leader (252), while fourth in both assists (327) and three-pointers (108).
We've Seen This A Hundred Times Before...
Head Coach Tricia Fabbri earned her 100th career home victory in the 21-point win against Fairleigh Dickinson. Fabbri, already the program's coaching-wins lead with 193, has now combined for 100 wins in Hamden with 21 coming at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in the last two and a half seasons.
Kerner's performances against the Blackbirds on Saturday and the Knights on Monday earned the senior guard her sixth-career Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week Honors. Kerner finished 14-of-24 in the two-game weekend sweep as the Bobcats clinched their eighth consecutive NEC Tournament berth in the 17-point win in Brooklyn against LIU.
She's Movin' On Up
Pennewell combined for 40 points in the team's last two games. The senior guard scored 18 at Long Island and followed with a game-high 22 points in the Bobcats' return to Hamden after a four-game road swing. She had made 15 field goals in those two games, including seven from three-point range.
Kathleen Neyens (Jaffrey, N.H.) was one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season on Monday. The junior forward finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. She attempted a season-high 14 field goal attempts, connecting on five, while finishing perfect from the free-throw line on both her attempts.
Quinnipiac connected on nine three-point field goals against Fairleigh Dickinson, matching its second-highest total of the season. Kerner and Rooney each had two, while Pennewell led the way, hitting 5-of-9 from downtown against the Knights.
Hard Numbers To Break In
Kerner set season highs in both assists and blocks on Monday. The senior guard dished out seven helpers and sent back two FDU shots in the game.
The Bobcats had a season-high seven blocks in their ninth NEC win of the season. Jacki Mann (Rutherford, Conn.) had three, while Kerner finished with a season-high two rejections. Ashley Adams (Tolland, Conn.) recorded her second block of the season, sending back a FDU shot in the closing minutes of the game.
Mann's three rejections came in key defensive stops for the Bobcats. As the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half, Mann rejected FDU's Mariyah Laury to keep Quinnipiac's lead at four, 35-31, heading into halftime. She also had two steals and four defensive boards in the victory.
So You're Just Going To Give Us Points?
The Bobcats outscored the Knights 24-8 in points off turnovers on Monday night. The Quinnipiac bench also outscored FDU by a ten-point margin, 10-0, as the Bobcats did not allow a point from any player other than a starter in the game.