Quinnipiac University Bobcats (17-10, 10-7 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (7-21, 3-14 NEC)
Monday, March 2, 2009 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team plays its final regular-season game of the year when it hosts the Wagner Seahawks at the TD Banknorth Sports Center Monday night at 7 p.m. The Bobcats are tied with Monmouth and Saint Francis (Pa.) for third in the Northeast Conference standings entering the final night of action. Quinnipiac has the best chance of the three teams at earning the No. 3 seed in the NEC Tournament with four of the eight scenarios favoring the Bobcats. Wagner has been eliminated from postseason play and will be playing its final game of the season on Monday night.
Scouting the Seahawks
Wagner enters the game with the Bobcats tied for tenth place in the NEC with a 3-14 conference mark. Quinnipiac played its first NEC road game of the season on Dec. 13 at the Spiro Center, defeating the Seahawks, 78-52. The 26-point win was the largest margin of victory by the Bobcats this season. Junior guard Andrea Reed leads the team this season with 13.0 points per game. Reed is also the team-leader in rebounds (145), while ranking second in rebounds per game (5.4). Sophomore Ashley Olsen averages a team-best 5.7 boards per game this season, while second on the team in scoring with an 8.7 points per game average.
Senior Day Success
Saturday's win against Central Connecticut marked the Senior Day celebration for Erin Kerner (Erie, Pa.), Mandy Pennewell (West Chester, Pa.) and Brianna Rooney (Guilford, Conn.). The trio of senior guards led the Bobcats to their 17th-straight win over Central Connecticut as each scored in double figures in the game.
Pennewell marked her Senior Day with a double-double; her second of the year and third of her career. The senior guard posted a career-high 12 rebounds and finished with 16 points.
At The Right Time
Kerner had a game-high 23 points against CCSU; her ninth 20-point game of the season. Kerner has scored 23 points in two of her last three games. In that span she has averaged more than 20 points per game (20.7) as she had 16 against FDU on Feb. 23.
Stretch Run Up
The 11-point victory on Saturday was the third consecutive win for the Bobcats. It marks the first time the team has put together three wins in a row since running off five-straight from Nov. 25 to Dec. 13. The last win in that stretch came against Wagner.
Perfect Post Play
Freshman Jacki Mann (Rutherford, N.J.) and junior Krystal Lazos (Medford, N.J.) came off the bench and added valuable minutes for the Bobcats. Both players finished the game 3-for-3 form the field, while Mann was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
Quinnipiac ranks first as a team in the NEC in steals per game (9.74). Rooney is the conference's individual leader, averaging 2.4 thefts per game. The Bobcats also have the best turnover margin in the conference as the team averages 17 turnovers per game, 3.3 fewer than the 20.3 their opponents commit.
From The Line
Kerner and Rooney both had the two best free-throw shooting games by any player this season for the Bobcats. Kerner finished 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for Quinnipiac's best mark of the year, while Rooney matched the previous best mark as she was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the team's 10th NEC win.